Edinburgh, 12 January 2017: Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) have together launched the first #TeenTechChallenge, which is seeking to find life-changing inventions in digital health and care from Scotland’s most creative and innovative young minds.
The new annual challenge is inviting teenagers from Scottish secondary schools, further education colleges and youth groups to develop ideas that will help young people manage their health, fitness and well-being, using technology.
In their release published today, DHI describes the initiative as a keystone of the five-year partnership between DHI and Andy Murray, who was named DHI’s ambassador earlier last year. The new challenge represents Murray’s personal ambition to promote healthier lifestyles amongst Scotland’s younger generations as well as skills development and career opportunities in this emerging market.
Groups of teenagers will compete for the chance to see their invention become reality, as well as an impressive prize package and recognition for their school, college or youth group.
Andy Murray said: “As a professional tennis player, I use digital health technology every day to monitor my performance and inform my training regime. But digital health technology is not just for athletes. It has the potential to help everyone understand their health needs and goals better, and to make better choices.
“By taking part in the #TeenTechChallenge, we want young people to use their experiences, creativity and digital skills to develop one big idea that can make a difference.”
Stuart Deed, Strategic Partnering Director of DHI Scotland said: “DHI believes that Sopra Steria can make a significant contribution to the development of the children’s ideas, the selected solution, and we believe this alliance will encourage applications to enter the competition. In addition, we believe that Sopra Steria can help deliver educational and well-being benefit to those participating in or supported by this Challenge.”
Alison McLaughlin, Regional Director at Sopra Steria commented: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring this fantastic challenge. Digital innovation that makes a difference is at the heart of what we do and this project aims to do just that. We’re also excited about the opportunity it presents to encourage Scotland’s teenagers to get involved in the digital world, build their entrepreneurial skills and perhaps even consider a future career in the technology industry.”
The #TeenTechChallenge is also supported by Aberlour Childcare Trust, Entrepreneurial Scotland, GameChanger, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Young Enterprise Scotland and Young Scot.
For more information and instructions on how to enter, visit the #teentechchallenge website.
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