Andy Murray invites digital health inventions from young Scots

Young Scot is proud to support the inaugural #TeenTechChallenge in association with Scottish Tennis player and World Number No1 Andy Murray.

#TeenTechChallenge – launched in partnership with Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) – is a new annual challenge for young people aged 14-17 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 new challenge represents Murray’s personal ambition to promote healthier lifestyles well as skills development and career opportunities to young people. Groups of young people 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.

Teams will have the opportunity to collect points through the Young Scot Rewards programme, recognising their positive contributions throughout the challenge.

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.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “Andy Murray is such an inspiration to everyone in Scotland it’s fantastic he is behind the #TeenTechChallenge. It’s a brilliant idea to give young people a platform to use technology and their imaginations to encourage people to stay active and healthy. I’m really looking forward to seeing their fabulous inventions”

Teams have until the 3rd April to register. For more information and instructions on how to enter visit:  www.teentechchallenge.com

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.

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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