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Grant Reilly


28th September 2022


We’re on a Mission to test your Ambition!

The #DigiInventors Challenge is back for 2022 and this year we’re challenging you to do whatever it takes to inspire Scotland’s and the United Arab Emirates (UAE's) young people to get and keep active, improve their physical, mental health, and happiness.

This year we’ve strengthened our team by signing City of Glasgow College to help deliver the Challenge in addition to our team of Glasgow Warriors, Heriot Watt University Dubai, dressCode and the Scottish Tech Army.

We’re looking to identify a winner for each council area in Scotland who will then be shortlisted down to our final four teams. They will be joined by four finalist teams from our parallel competition being delivered in the UAE by Heriot-Watt University Dubai.

These eight teams will participate in our hybrid bootcamp and compete in our final to be crowned #DigiInventors Challenge Champions and win some fantastic tech prizes. The Scottish and UAE winners will then work with our partners to develop a prototype/ Minimal Viable Project (MVP) to be showcased as part of their prize giving ceremony.

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

As the world comes to terms with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic many countries are looking to utilise digital technologies as way of coping with the significant challenges being faced by health and care services. It has never been more important to look to the future workforce and to encourage students of all ages to "get hands on" to understand the great opportunities that these technologies can bring to the health and wellbeing of their peers and families... but also to encourage some to think about a future career in digital health and care. The DigiInventors Challenge is a fun way to not only learn digital skills and how to work in a team but also build real solutions that could make a real difference.

Principal and CEO of City of Glasgow College, Paul Little, said:  "We're excited about this new partnership which will help support engagement with schools and inspire students to be innovative and creative around finding solutions in the growing and key area of digital health. The #DigiInventors Challenge supports the communication and development of ideas to address health challenges experienced by young people and can equip our students with the skills to find solutions and make improvements for this generation as they emerge from a pandemic. Thanks to today's technology, the #DigiInventors Challenge empowers young people across the globe to innovate and collaborate by sharing ideas on how to be more active and improve mental wellbeing and happiness."

Al Kellock, Managing Director, Glasgow Warriors, said: “At Glasgow Warriors we are a club that values our communities and the impact we have in our communities across Scotland, particularly using sport to encourage healthy living and mental wellbeing. Working with the #DigiInventors Challenge gives us an opportunity to connect with young people across the country who are proactively creating innovative ways to support healthy living. As a club we look forward to hearing more about the concepts this year’s entrants come up with and the potential impact these ideas could have in our communities.”

Grab your team-mates and get involved in the #DigiInventors Challenge 2022. Find out more at: and follow @DigiInventors on Twitter and Facebook.

Your deadline to apply is: Wednesday 26 October 2022

Our 2021 Scottish winners were - You Wish, We Assist from Marr College Troon. Their winning idea was a mental health app for young adults that allows users to set and achieve mental health goals. The app provided motivational messaging as well as breathing and yoga exercises to help improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

Our 2021 UAE winners were - Mindful Mandates from Pristine Private School Dubai. Their winning idea was a headband that aims to reduce visual and auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia patients. Sensors built into the headband will feedback brain activity with a paired application that notifies users of any abnormal activity.

Notes to Editors

The #DigiInventors Challenge, in association with Glasgow Warriors and the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) is now entering its sixth year and is going from strength to strength.

We're on a mission to find smart new ways to help Scotland's and the United Arab Emirates' (UAEs') young people keep active, stay healthy and happy, now and in the future.

The challenge itself is very simple – we want you to identify health and care challenges that you face on a daily basis (it could be friends or family living with diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer's, or something completely different) and ask you to come up with a digital idea that could potentially be transformed into a real digital solution.

When is it?

The #DigiInventors Challenge takes place between 28 September 2022 and 07 December 2022.

Like last year we've gone global and are running a parallel competition with the UAE's young people and will be showcasing both our Scottish and UAE winners.

Before then we'll have our 2-day hybrid bootcamp, our hybrid final (where you'll present to our panel of expert judges), and the opportunity to work with our partners to develop your winning idea into a Minimal Viable Project (MVP).

We've partnered with dressCode to create exciting resources and lesson plans. City of Glasgow College and Heriot-Watt University Dubai are our Challenge delivery partners.

Key dates

  • 28/09/2022 - Applications open
  • 26/10/2022 - Applications close
  • 07/11/2022 - Finalists announced
  • 14/11/2022 - Two-day hybrid bootcamp
  • 06/12/2022 – Hybrid final
  • 07/12/2022 - Winners announced
  • 12/12/2022 - Winners work with partners
  • 30/01/2022 – Hybrid award ceremony

How do I enter?

In teams of three or four (supported by at least one adult mentor, over the age of 21), we want you to develop an idea that empowers Scotland’s & the UAE'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 be shortlisted to attend our 2-day hybrid boot camp 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 to drive forward your idea before finishing with a presentation to our panel of expert judges.

Why enter?

  • To make a difference to the health of Scotland’s & UAE's young people
  • We're picking a winner for each Council area in Scotland
  • Make it to bootcamp and you will receive a #DigiInventorsChallenge goodie bag
  • Supported by the Glasgow Warriors
  • The winning teams will work with our partners to develop an MVP of their idea
  • Each member of the winning teams will be given some fantastic tech prizes


  • Challenge goodie bag - Make it to boot camp and you will receive your own #DigiInventors Challenge goodie bag.
  • Transform your idea into a reality - Winning teams will work with our partners to develop a prototype/ MVP of their winning idea
  • Tech prizes - Each member of the winning teams will be given some fantastic tech prizes

How to get involved

  • Select your teammates
  • Create and submit your idea
  • Show your passion as you defend your business case and showcase it to our judges
  • Respect your peers, their feedback and ideas
  • Inspire your community
  • Do whatever it takes to become #DigiInventors Challenge Champions

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