Family health app wins digital health competition in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute
- Pupils from Park Mains High School in Erskine win inaugural #DigiInventorsChallenge
- Competition in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute
- 2017 competition sponsored by Sopra Steria and The Vodafone Foundation
- 2018 Challenge launched for schools, colleges and youth groups at Andy Murray Live
An idea to develop an app that encourages young people and their families to enjoy healthy living at home has picked up first prize at the inaugural #DigiInventorsChallenge.
Announced last night (7 November) by Andy Murray at his sell-out SSE Hydro event, the winning team from Erskine’s Park Mains High School, ‘Enpower Fitness’, received £2,000 cash for their school, new personal tech and the opportunity to have their idea made into a reality.
Judges commended ‘Enpower Fitness’ for the team’s high quality professional pitch and the enthusiasm each member showed by working together to build a working prototype. They also recognised the potential of the app to transform lives by focusing on the family as a whole, and not just individuals.
The runner up team was named as IT Fitness, a group of four teens from Fife College, who want to develop a smartphone personal trainer that learns how to keep the user motivated.
During the winner announcement, which took place after Andy’s match with Roger Federer, the tennis star also launched the next #DigiInventorsChallenge, which is now accepting registrations for 2018.
Andy Murray commented:
We hoped that the next generation of innovators would rise to the challenge and they’ve certainly done that. Improving the health and fitness of everyone in Scotland, not just young people, is really important to me personally. So it’s great that the winning idea is an app that could help the whole family to improve their wellbeing together. I congratulate all the entrants for their creativity and hard work and look forward to seeing even more excellent ideas in 2018.
Speaking of the team’s success, Olivia Bell, Active Schools and Community Club Development Officer at Park Mains High, said:
The #DigiInventorsChallenge has inspired a very talented group of our pupils to collaborate on a project that has tested their creativity, leadership, communication and presentation skills.
What’s more, the creation of the group's app will allow pupils to utilise technology that is already at their fingertips to enhance the health and wellbeing of our school and community. The students really enjoyed the chance to be able to develop something that will help with an important issue that affects us all, while also developing new skills such as teamwork, for themselves.
Fiona Lydiate, the team mentor for runners up, IT Fitness from Fife College, also commented:
“#DigiInventorsChallenge has been a fantastic opportunity for our students. The students gained so much from the bootcamp and we are very grateful to the Digital Health & Care Institute to have been given the opportunity to take part.
“As team mentor it has been a real pleasure to see the team develop their skills and grow their idea. The skills they developed during the bootcamp helped them deliver a professional pitch to the judges with confidence. We are proud to be named as winners of the second prize in the first ever #DigiInventorsChallenge.”
Launched in January this year in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute, the #DigiInventorsChallenge works with young people in Scotland to find life-changing digital health and care inventions with a specific focus on addressing trends relating to obesity, inactivity and nutrition.
Open to all secondary school-aged pupils in Scotland, the 2018 challenge will again give teams of participants the chance to learn about digital health and care, develop entrepreneurship, business and technical skills, understand future career routes and opportunities and, of course, win fantastic tech prizes and cash for the school, club or organisation involved by coming up with an idea for a digital health and care solution that gives young people a fitter, happier and healthier future.
Shortlisted teams will then be invited to the #DigiInventorsBootcamp where they will develop their proposed idea by attending a series of master classes hosted by industry experts, as well as prepare a professional pitch for their idea, which they will present to a panel of expert judges, including Andy himself.
The successful team will then see their design developed into a prototype and evaluated through DHI’s own innovation processes. Support will also be sought from Scottish SMEs and investors with a view to commercialising the successful solution. The prize package includes exciting new technology for all shortlisted entries plus more tech and £2,000 funding for the winning school or youth group.
The initiative is a keystone of the five-year partnership between DHI and Andy Murray, who was named DHI’s ambassador in 2016. The #DigiInventorsChallenge 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.
Professor George Crooks OBE, CEO of 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 all our participants have shared to date and can’t wait to start working with even more young people to explore more new ideas during 2018.
We’re also looking forward to working with Enpower Fitness to develop their idea even further. It really has the potential to become a popular tool amongst Scottish families and I’m confident you will be seeing it in app stores very soon.
The #DigiInventorsChallenge presents an excellent opportunity for our young people to fully immerse themselves in the digital world, build their entrepreneurial skills and perhaps even consider a future career in the technology industry, so I urge all schools and clubs across Scotland to take part.
This year’s #DigiInventorsChallenge was delivered in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute, and sponsored by a European leader in digital transformation, Sopra Steria with the #DigiInventorsBootcamp supported by Vodafone Foundation. The Challenge was 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
Ends 8 November 2017
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- 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.
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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.
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