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5th December 2022
A new year will welcome new partners and opportunities for Scotland's #DigiInventors Challenge
As Scotland's #DigiInventors Challenge draws to a close for 2022 with our final pitching session taking place on 06 December we look back fondly over its growth as its popularity has increased over the last 5 years.
Launched in 2017, in association with Andy Murray, the aim was to engage Scotland's young people and get them to identify health challenges and possible ideas that could be transformed into digital health and care solutions.
Year after year we have witnessed the number of applications grow, the age of our #DigiInventors get younger, and their ideas get better.
We've been recognised, not only within the digital health and care sector but within Education as the number of teachers building our competition into their classroom learning experience increases.
Other agencies have worked with us to increase our, and their, international footprint in the United Arab Emirates and we've engaged a wide portfolio of partners who have worked tirelessly with us to provide quality content to enhance our participants' experience.
Fast forward to 2020 when we enlisted the support of Glasgow Warriors and then Covid locked everyone down. We thought about canceling the challenge but decided, as an innovation centre working in the digital health and care sector, that we would take it fully online and give our young people something positive to focus on. We delivered something we hadn't done before, people still engaged with us and in 2021 we ran our first global challenge receiving 150 applications from 600 students across Scotland and the UAE.
Tuesday 06 December 2022 saw our eight finalist teams (four from Scotland and four from UAE) pitch their final ideas to our international panel of judges who included:
Our Scottish finalists for the #DigiInventors Challenge 2022 were:
Our UAE finalists for the #DigiInventors Challenge 2022 were:
After a fantastic day of pitching it was unfortunate that we could only pick one Scottish and one UAE winner. They were:
We look forward to seeing how their ideas develop and presenting them with their awards and prizes in early 2023
Our 2023 Challenge is going to be the biggest and best yet as we launch #DigiInventors Challenge 2023 - Primary School Edition, in early January 2023.
The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre partnered with Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) and City of Glasgow College to create a new challenge focused on P5, P6, and P7 and develop a suite of teaching resources, that link with Second Level CfE outcomes, and can be delivered in a block of lessons in the classroom.
Students will learn entrepreneurial and digital skills while identifying potential career opportunities in the digital health and care sector.
This new Challenge will complement our newly re-branded #DigiInventors Challenge - Secondary School Edition, which will follow the same format as previous years and launch in late August 2023.
Both challenges will follow the same ethos of inspiring and empowering young people to identify and develop entrepreneurial and digital skills while raising awareness of career opportunities in the digital health and care sector.
We are in the process of developing our new look website (www.digiinventors.com) where all information will be released.