Matopoly: Liverpool Edition
On Saturday 29 September Matopoly rolled into Liverpool for the first time. This is the fifth city to host the event, organised by the Younger Members' Committee, since its debut at the 2012 Young Person’s World Lecture Competition week. The aim of the event is for the participating teams to visit as many of the locations provided on the Matopoly board within four hours. As with the previous events, the locations were dotted around the city and fit within the materials, minerals and mining theme whilst also taking advantage of Liverpool’s rich maritime, engineering and cultural history.
This year two teams, from Manchester and Sheffield, embarked on the challenge. As none of the attendees had visited Liverpool prior to the event, Matopoly also provided a unique way to explore the city. One participant commented that ‘it was a great, fun introduction to the City. I never knew that Liverpool had so much history!’.
The competition ended with a reception at the Ma Egertons pub. This provided an opportunity for the teams to compare notes on the places they had visited, to network and to meet the sponsors whilst enjoying some well-earned refreshments. Finally, the results could be announced - the winning team were Manterials Science (University of Manchester) who stormed to victory with an impressive 930 points. Each member of the winning team was awarded a Monopoly: Liverpool Edition board game. The runners up, Sheffield Materialists, didn’t leave empty handed however as Rolls Royce had kindly provided gift bags to be handed out at the event.
The YMC would like to thank the event sponsors Croda, Mott MacDonald and Manchester Polymer Group for their generous support of the event. The networking session was well received by all parties, with the possibility for future collaboration and industrial placements being discussed. The YMC looks forward to finding out whether these opportunities are able to develop in the future.
Matopoly: Manchester Edition was a truly memorable day thanks to the cheerful yet competitive spirit of all the contestants (any excuse to maintain the trans-Pennine rivalry). We hope to see you in London for the next Matopoly in October 2019.