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Friday, January 24, 2020
Grant Reilly

New Year… New Community Brand Ambassadors... New #DigiInventorsChallenge 2020


Will you do whatever it takes to inspire Scotland’s young people to get and keep active, and to improve their physical and mental health and happiness?

Following the success of our previous Digi Inventors Challenges, the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) are now seeking the next life-changing idea in digital health and care with the launch of our #DigiInventorsChallenge 2020, in association with Glasgow Warriors.

Our annual challenge calls for teams of Scottish secondary school age pupils to enter ideas that will help young people improve their physical activity and/ or mental health, using digital technology.

Shortlisted teams will compete for prizes of £1500 investment to help transform their winning idea and prototype into a real solution and each member of the winning team will be given some fantastic tech prizes and the chance to see their idea become reality at our #DigiInventorsChallenge Bootcamp. This intensive and engaging two-day event is designed to equip teams with the relevant skills, knowledge and inspiration to transform their idea into a real-life invention.

Finalists will then present their idea in a formal pitch-setting to a panel of expert judges before we crown our #DigiInventorsChallenge 2020 Champions.

Our 2019 winners were Marr College from Troon. Their idea ‘Shake It Up’ was an app that allows users to pre-order school lunches using their mobile phones. Their app will link with their school’s ordering system and pupils’ Young Scot Cards - allowing young people to earn points and prizes for selecting healthy meals at lunchtime. They hope this will encourage other pupils to make healthier choices.

Chief Executive of the Digital Health & Care Institute, Professor George Crooks OBE, said:

“Glasgow Warriors are the ideal partner for DHI in delivering our #DigiInventorsChallenge 2020. Their community and family focus, alongside their national and international standing, will assist us in attracting great interest from across Scotland. They understand and use technology to support their elite squad of players to improve their effectiveness; teams involved in the 2020 challenge will gain an insight not only into how technology can contribute to sporting success but also into how this can be translated into our daily lives.”

Glasgow Warriors Managing Director Nathan Bombrys said:

“The Digi Inventors Challenge is an exciting programme that tests young people across Scotland to use technology to find innovative solutions to improve health and well-being. We take real pride in our commitment to contribute to our community, and we are proud that the Digital Health Institute has asked our club to be ambassadors for this Digi Inventors Challenge. We look forward to supporting the Challenge and meeting some inspiring young people over the coming months.”

Grab your team-mates and get involved in the #DigiInventorsChallenge. Find out more at: and follow @DigiInventors on Twitter and facebook

Deadline for applications is Friday 21 February 2020


About #DigiInventorsChallenge

What is it?

The #DigiInventorsChallenge, in association with Glasgow Warriors and the Digital Health & Care Institute, are on a mission to find smart new ways to help Scotland’s young people keep active, staying healthy and happy, now and in the future.

We want you to help reverse the trends that have led to young Scots being rated as having one of the lowest activity levels in the world.

With your help, we can change these habits and help to point the way to a healthier future for Scotland.

When is it?

The #DigiInventorsChallenge takes place between January and April 2020, with an awards presentation to take place in November as part of the Digital Health & Care Week 2020.

Key dates

24 January 2020              #DigiInventorsChallenge 2020 applications open

21 February 2020            Application deadline

28 February 2020            Shortlisted teams will be announced

17-27 March 2020           2-day #DigiInventorsChallenge bootcamp (TBC)

03 April 2020                   Winners announced

How do I enter?

In teams of four (supported by at least one adult mentor, over the age of 21), we want you to develop an idea that empowers Scotland’s young people to participate in the active management of their health, fitness and wellbeing, using digital technology.

We’ve all heard of apps that analyse diet and mood, watches that monitor heart rates and games that promote exercise. What new idea can you come up with?

Submit your idea and, hopefully, you’ll get shortlisted to attend our two-day bootcamp to learn about digital health and care, develop entrepreneurship, business and technical skills and understand future career routes.

Along the way, you’ll be supported by the Glasgow Warriors as you tackle the challenges of developing a business plan as you drive forward your idea before finishing with a presentation to our panel of expert judges.

Why would I enter it?

  • Make it to bootcamp and you will receive your own #DigiInventorsChallenge goodie bag that will contain everything you need to develop and transform your idea into a potential solution
  • Meet and get support from the Glasgow Warriors
  • The winning team will receive £1500 investment to help transform their winning idea and prototype into a real solution
  • Each member of the winning team will be given some fantastic tech prizes

About DHI

The Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) is a national resource funded by the Scottish Government and SFC.  It is a collaboration between the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde, our host institution. 

We believe innovation in digital health and care will help the people of Scotland live longer, healthier lives, while providing sustainable/ inclusive growth for our economy.  We collaborate, co-design and transform ideas into digital health and care innovations.

The DHI provides engagement; facilitation; project management; service, business, technical and innovation that assists in increasing individuals and organisations readiness to harness digital innovation for impactful results that have real benefits to the system and the citizen.

For further media enquiries please contact:

Marketing, Communications & Events Manager, Grant Reilly, |Go to | Follow @dhiscotland on Twitter and LinkedIn

About Glasgow Warriors

For further media enquiries please contact: Communications & Marketing Manager, Jeremy Bone, | Go to | Follow @GlasgowWarriors on Instagram, Twitter and facebook