WASHINGTON DC —
Zimbabwean Bianca Polizzi has beat rivals in the prestigious Pot Noodle competition with her kettle cup entry set to be made into a prototype and sold in the world market.
Bianca, a daughter of former Sunday News senior reporter Joseph Polizzi and a student at Bath University in the United Kingdom, beat other rivals in the YouCanMakeIt competition in which voting was through re-tweets of favourite entries.
Pot Noodle wrote a letter to the 21-year-old congratulating her for coming up with a top entry that is likely to save time for coffee drinkers.
It reads in part, “We are pleased to tell you that you have won Pot Noodle’s ‘YouCanMakeIt’ competition this year. The press coverage and social media support you raised is a tremendous achievement, and your invention is a worthy winner!
“We’ll need you to fulfil some media commitments later this week, but will be in touch tomorrow with some more details. Congratulations!”
Reacting to the win, Bianca said, “Thanks you guys for having me in yours shows and to everybody else you were so kind to write articles about me and obviously my parents putting a lot of effort ... They were tweeting the whole time. Thanks very much to everybody.
“This Friday I am creating a promotional video with Pot Noodle obviously that is exciting news and then in January I will be going to Las Vegas for three day I think from the 6th until the 9th of January to the consumer electrics show to show my prototype of the kettle cup that will be created for the next five weeks. So, it’s all exciting and happening so fast,” she said.
Voting through re-tweets of favourable entries among the top three closed last Friday with Bianca, amassing at least 453 re-tweets and her nearest rivals only identified as Matt and Katy having 292.
The third entry created by a person known only as Jerome had at least 170 votes.
Matt and Katy’s entry is not just a load of pot air, as Pot Noodle puts it.
The company said Matt and Katy’s idea was born out of Matt hating drying off after the shower and his tendency to get straight into bed while still wet. “They came up with the idea of the Pot Air 3000 body dryer after being inspired by a hairdryer that Katy experienced in a spa in Andorra, which you had to pull over your head.”
In third place was Jerome’s quick snooze on the move piece. Pot Noodle said Jerome’s entry is a portable travel pillow with an in-built alarm clock. “No need to worry about nodding off and missing your stop, just attach the pillow to the back of a train seat and the vibrating bracelet will wake you from your slumber, avoiding the embarrassment of an alarm going off in public.”