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Powering student innovation

Powering student innovation
Together with the Digital Greenhouse, we’ve created a programme of events to help develop opportunities for young people to engage with digital technologies in Guernsey.

The most recent ‘Ideathon’ attracted more than 40 students from the College of Further Education and the Grammar School & Sixth Form Centre, who were tasked with tackling real-world problems using technology.

John Davison, Chief Information Officer for First Central, said: “The Ideathons are part of our Digital Innovators Programme, which is designed to develop the skills required for our evolving digital economy. Career opportunities in technology and creative sectors are more exciting than ever been before. It’s essential for young people to have a space where they can develop digital skills on-island.”

The students were presented with two problem statements and asked to find a creative technology-based solution. At the end of the session, students presented their ideas to each other, as well as judges from the Digital Greenhouse and First Central.

The award for ‘most commercial promise’ went to a team from the College of Further Education, who won for their idea ‘Move it, Make it’; an app that gamified active travel to encourage its users to abandon their cars and walk instead. Meanwhile, the prize for ‘most innovative concept’ was awarded to a team from the Grammar School, who were praised for their underground transport concept.

Lucy Kirby, Head of Digital at the Digital Greenhouse, said: “The students showed a high level of innovation and digital creativity. It’s great to be able to work with industry to enable young people to build and develop these essential critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills for their futures.

“The feedback from the students was very positive. They got a buzz from the fast pace and took home some useful tools to get the ideas flowing, particularly engaging with design thinking processes.”

The next Digital Innovators Ideathon will take place in May.

Find out more on the Digital Greenhouse website.

 

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