Student eating habits are legendary. The rules are simple: it must be fast, cheap, uncomplicated and tasty if possible. Students themselves decided to address the needs of their peers and designed a kebab vending machine which was put at the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machine Engineering (SiMR), WUT.
The idea sprung up at the very spot where the machine stands today. “It was precisely two years ago that we were working on some assignment project with our mates, it was quite late and cold outside and a question would inevitably pop up: ‘Who’ll be so nice and go and grab something to eat?’,” says Szymon Skrzypiec, a SiMR graduate and the head of the project. “Even if someone eventually volunteered, the food would arrive cold.”
And this is how the idea to make food come to a hungry student and not the other way round was born. After two years of working, testing and loads of eaten kebabs, sales were finally launched. The entire project is an original concept of the students of the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machine Engineering (SiMR) and the Faculty of Production Engineering (WIP). They completed the project with their own funding and assure they are continuously testing their product.
“Sandwich vending machines are already out there on the market but what makes our Kebs&Go machine special is the quality of the product. Sandwiches sold from vending machines are hermetically packed and can stay in there for as long as several months,” says Szymon Skrzypiec. “Our idea was to bring fresh, quality sandwiches on a daily basis (actually, twice or three times daily) and store them in the cold chain.
Kebab is grilled only in the vending machine. The machine is very easy to use: you choose the meat (poultry or beef) and the sauce (mild or mixed), pay for the product and wait for about 3 minutes to enjoy your warm kebab.
The vending machine soon attracted media interest and prospective investors. “We have universities from all over Poland approaching us willing to put our machine in their place,” says Szymon Skrzypiec proudly. “We have also regular vending machine operators sending us proposals looking to expand into kebab machines. We have received an offer to export it abroad too.”
A week after the Kebs&Go launch, crowds of hungry students flocking to the machine have not diminished. Those who have tried the kebab say it’s worth it.
The project team members are:
- Szymon Skrzypiec (the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machinery Engineering graduate)
- Krzysztof Bieliszczuk (the Faculty of Production Engineering)
- Tomasz Kaczor (the Faculty of Production Engineering)
- Piotr Kęsicki (the Faculty of Production Engineering)
- Tomasz Sowa (the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machinery Engineering)
- Przemysław Szczepaniak (the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machinery Engineering)
- Przemysław Zorychta (the Faculty of Production Engineering)