Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Young Finalists Announced for Inaugural Digital Health and Care Challenge 

 

  • Six shortlisted teams competing in #DigiInventorsChallenge, in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute, sponsored by Sopra Steria
  • Aim is to find breakthroughs in digital health and care and inspire future generation of innovators

 

Six teams involving more than 30 teenagers across Scotland have been shortlisted to compete in the final of the inaugural #DigiInventorsChallenge, giving them the chance to develop a new invention that will transform health, fitness and wellbeing amongst the nation’s young people using technology.

 

Representing secondary schools, clubs and colleges in Edinburgh, Livingston, Kirkcaldy, Dumfries, Erskine and Aberdeenshire, the shortlisted teams submitted the strongest entries to the contest launched by world number one tennis star Andy Murray in partnership with the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) in January. The ideas include everything from fitness apps, gaming controllers and online challenges.

 The teams will now be invited to attend the #DigiInventorsBootcamp this autumn where they will develop entrepreneurial skills by attending a series of master classes and workshops hosted by industry experts, as well as prepare a professional pitch for their idea, which they will present to a panel of expert judges. The winner will be announced and presented at “Andy Murray Live” at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 7 November 2017.

The overall winning team will then see their design developed into a prototype by DHI and European leader in digital transformation, Sopra Steria. Support will also be sought from businesses and investors with a view to commercialising the successful solution. The prize package includes Apple Watches for all shortlisted entries, £500 for the runner up, and iPads and £2,000 funding for the winning school, college or group.

Andy Murray said:

Digital health and care technology has the potential to help everyone understand their health and care needs and goals better, and to make better choices. It’s fantastic, therefore, that so many young people have submitted such strong and exciting ideas. I look forward to seeing how these ideas progress as we work towards new solutions to help young Scots live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

 

Stuart Deed, Strategic Partnering Director at DHI, added: “Scotland, among many other countries, faces major health and care challenges but the opportunity is there to create new solutions that will improve life quality and help Scotland compete in this important and growing economic sector. We’re very excited about the ideas our shortlisted teams have shared and can’t wait to start working with the students to bring their ideas to life at the #DigiInventorsBootcamp.

This challenge also presents and excellent opportunity for our Digi-Inventors to fully immerse themselves in the digital world, build their entrepreneurial skills and perhaps even consider a future career in the technology industry.”

The #DigiInventorsChallenge is a keystone of the partnership between DHI and Andy Murray, who was named DHI’s ambassador in 2016. The new challenge represents Andy 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.

The #DigiInventorsChallenge is being delivered in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute, and is sponsored by a European leader in digital transformation, Sopra Steria. It is also supported by the following organisations: Aberlour Childcare Trust, GameChanger, Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Young Enterprise Scotland and Young Scot.

For more information visit:  www.digiinventors.com

 

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Notes to editors:

 

Details of shortlisted teams

 

Team

School/college/club

Health M8

Trinity Academy, Edinburgh

ITFitness

Fife College, Kirkcaldy

Fit Wriz

Dolphin Swim School, Livingston

Alford Academy Robotics Club

Alford Academy, Aberdeenshire

Enpower Fitness

Park Mains High, Erskine

Dumfries Academy

Dumfries Academy, Dumfries

 

 

About DHI

  • Formed in 2013 as a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Centre, the Digital Health & Care Institute brings together academia, the third sector and industry to co-design, co-develop and deliver new digital solutions to the country’s biggest health and care challenges. DHI’s ultimate aim is to exploit the full potential of digital health and care technology to help Scotland’s people live longer, healthier lives and to drive job creation and economic growth through its work.

 

  • Its needs-led approach provides a unique one-stop-shop where the Scottish Government’s healthcare priorities can be explored by innovators across different sectors and communities in Scotland.

 

  • Hosted by the University of Strathclyde, DHI is funded by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise.

 

  • Governed by a non-executive board, DHI works closely with the Scottish Government to deliver its key outcomes for a healthier Scotland.

 

  • DHI also benefits from an academic partnership with Glasgow School of Art, established in 2013.

 

  • For more information visit:
    Website: dhi-scotland.com
    Twitter: @dhiscotland
    Facebook: Digital Health and Care Institute

 

About Andy Murray

  • Andy Murray, currently ranked the No.1 men’s professional tennis player in the world, is the 2016 and 2013 Wimbledon Champion, 2012 US Open Champion, Davis Cup holder and reigning Olympic Singles Champion.

 

  • From winning his first tournament as an under-10 junior at the Dunblane Sports Club to his first junior major at the US Open it became apparent Andy was destined for the top.

 

  • After turning pro in 2005, Andy won his first ATP title, the SAP Open in San Jose, a year later. Fast forward two years and seven more tour titles, Andy reached his first Grand Slam final, the 2008 US Open. However in 2012, having lost in three subsequent grand slam final appearances, Andy became the US Open Champion.

 

  • This was hot on the heels of an illustrious Gold Medal victory at Wimbledon during the London 2012 Olympics. Andy then ended years of British heartbreak on the same turf just a year later by becoming the first British male in 77 years to win the highly coveted Wimbledon Championships in London in July 2013. Andy added to his Grand Slam wins recently, with a second victory on the grass winning the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

 

  • Currently on 45 career titles, Andy is Great Britain’s most successful tennis player of the Open era, the first Briton to reach 500 ATP match wins and his maiden grand slam title ended Great Britain’s 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam champion.

 

About Sopra Steria

Sopra Steria is a European leader in digital transformation, we take on new and amazing challenges every day. By encouraging diverse ideas we develop innovative solutions and deliver results to our clients that touch the lives of millions of people every day.

 

We have one of the most extensive end-to-end service offerings in the market: consulting, systems integration, software development and business process services. We address our clients’ most complex and critical business challenges and help them to make the best use of information technology. We have a global team of more than 38,000 employees working across 20 countries – with around 6,700 in the UK.

 

www.soprasteria.co.uk

Catriona McCallum, catriona.mccallum@soprasteria.com

Agency: Maureen Conlon; maureen.conlon@bm.com; +44 (0) 20 7300 6206

 

 

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