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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Grace Arnell

Andy Murray invites digital health inventions from Scottish teens 

  • World No1 will judge winners of the inaugural #TeenTechChallenge, in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health and Care Institute, sponsored by Sopra Steria
  • Aim is to find breakthroughs in digital health and care and inspire future generation of innovators
  • Entries open to teenagers aged 14-17 years attending Scottish high schools, youth groups and further education colleges

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 wellbeing, using technology.


The initiative is 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 Andy’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.”

 

All shortlisted teams will be invited to attend the #TeenTechBootcamp where they will develop entrepreneurial skills 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. The winner will be announced in November.


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 Apple Watches for all shortlisted entries plus iPads and £2,000 funding for the winning school, college or group.

Dave Clark, CEO at DHI, said:

“Andy’s hard work and dedication is an inspiration to us all in achieving our goals. His support of our aims and personal interest in digital heath and care has allowed us to develop this unique challenge that will provide a chance for the next generation of innovators in Scotland to show off their talents. 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.”

 

Alison McLaughlin, Regional Director at Sopra Steria, sponsor for the #TeenTechChallenge added:

“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 Digital Health & Care Institute brings together people and organisations in the public, charity, technology, design and academic sectors to develop new ideas for digital technology that will improve health and care services in Scotland. Its ambition is to address citizen needs, health and care challenges in Scotland and support companies to export proven technologies internationally, creating jobs and investment locally and abroad together with skills development.

DHI’s project portfolio is worth over £5million and includes over 100 projects engaging more than 50 companies, 15 of Scotland’s Universities and 25 third sector organisations.

Andy Murray is well known for his use of technology and data to improve his performance on court and has stated that maintaining his own health throughout the long tennis season has played an instrumental part in his road to number one status.

The #TeenTechChallenge, in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health and Care Institute is sponsored by a European leader in digital transformation, Sopra Steria, and supported by the following organisations: 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: www.teentechchallenge.com

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Media opportunities
For more information or larger images contact Weber Shandwick:
• Alexandra Dewar on + 44 (0)131 556 6649 / adewar@webershandwick.com
• Dyan Owen on + 44 (0)141 333 0557 / dowen@webershandwick.com

Andy Murray media contact
Lucy Mutch - 07736 886 616 / lucy@77group.com
Notes to editors

About DHI
• Formed in 2013 as a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Centre, the Digital Health & Care Institute brings together health and care organisations and technology firms to produce innovative new technologies that will improve people’s lives and contribute to Scotland’s economic growth.

• DHI was a finalist in the Market Gravity Innovation category at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards in 2015.

• For more information visit
Website: www.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 44 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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