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Olivia Dunbar


24th April 2024


Celebrating Innovation: Scotland’s Brightest Young Minds Recognised at #DigiInventors Awards Ceremony

Record-breaking participation highlights young innovators' transformative ideas in the #DigiInventors Challenge 2024

The second annual Primary School Edition of the #DigiInventors Challenge, in partnership with the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RaiSE), and the City of Glasgow College, held its awards ceremony yesterday at the City of Glasgow College. The event celebrated the remarkable creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of young Scottish students, who are spearheading innovations that promise to shape the future of digital health and care. Engaging school pupils in developing digital and entrepreneurial skills, the challenge highlights the vast opportunities within this vital sector.

The ceremony showcased the ingenuity of Scotland’s youngest minds, with 103 teams participating, reflecting a 54% increase in submissions compared to the previous year. The evening was a vibrant showcase of future-forward ideas, as young inventors stepped into the spotlight to receive their well-deserved awards.

Our #DigiInventors Challenge 2024 Primary School Edition Winners included:

‘The WAX Cast’:  Broken Bones P7 Carolside PS, East Renfrewshire Council
The idea is a waterproof cast for kids, enhancing their healing journey. It uses hydrophobic layers to stay dry and includes comfortable viscose fabric. Additionally, it features a small X-ray chip for remote monitoring by doctors, reducing the need for hospital visits.

‘Go Auttie’: Autism P7 Wellington School, Ayr  
The app is designed to assist children with autism in developing social skills engagingly and enjoyably. Inspired by the personal experience of a team member whose brother has autism, the app features a game diary and role-playing scenarios specifically tailored to make learning both fun and educational.

‘The Walker Talker Bot’: Cystic Fibrosis from P7 St Bride’s PS, South Lanarkshire Council

Their idea is a robot with a built-in screen that is linked to an app to help children with cystic fibrosis manage their medication and understanding of CF and improve their mental and physical well-being.

Runners up:

‘Interfob’: speech impediments P7 Carolside PS, East Renfrewshire Council

‘X-Patch’: Diabetes P7 Carolside PS, East Renfrewshire Council

‘The Worry Bot’: Anxiety P7 St Bride’s PS, South Lanarkshire Council

‘Nav Bands’:  visual impairment P7 Newton Farm PS, South Lanarkshire Council

‘The Cane Tracker’: visual impairment P7 Newton Farm PS, South Lanarkshire Council

Special Recognition:

‘Nutrition Nurse’: Healthy Eating P6/7 Balivanich PS, Western Isles

‘Think Strong’, ADHD: Dyslexia and Anxiety P6 Busby PS, East Renfrewshire Council

‘Calm Carrots’: Anxiety and Panic Attacks P7 Our Lady of The Missions, East Renfrewshire Council

‘VP Smart Glasses’, Epilepsy P7 Westpark PS, Aberdeen City Council

Gillian Reilly, Primary Science and Sustainability Development Officer at South Lanarkshire Council. Reflected on the substantial impact of the event, stated, "This year's challenge was a resounding success, reaching over 400 students across Scotland, empowering them with the tools and confidence to envision and create solutions for real-world health challenges. It’s more than a competition; it’s a launchpad for future innovators."

As the event drew to a close, participants and attendees were encouraged to explore the various project displays and connect with fellow innovators and industry guests. Highlighting the creative flair of City of Glasgow College's marketing students, the event featured an innovative PR pop-up dedicated to Scottish inventors. Guests were taken on an interactive journey, culminating in a reflective finale where a mirror cleverly positioned on the last board invited attendees to see themselves as the next great innovators.

For more information about the #DigiInventors Challenge and opportunities to participate in or support future events, visit

We’d like to extend our thanks to Christina Dolan, Skye Duffy, Skye Hamilton, and Katie McCaig from the City of Glasgow College for their support in the creation of this article.

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