From 11 schools and colleges in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale and Wakefield, students will come together to take part in the regional final of the Premier Farnell Technology Challenge on 5th December from 12.30-3pm at Aspire in Leeds.
Each winning team will take to the stage to present to a panel of judges as they showcase the working prototype of a piece of technology that they have developed to meet the brief of helping someone with a physical or sensory impairment.
Completing a series of 11 competitions, which involved around 300 students, each team had to compete within their own schools and colleges to be named as one of the winners to take part in the regional showcase event.
Judges from Premier Farnell, Leeds Beckett University, Jet2.com, Tunstall, Arris, Foundation for Digital Creativity, LightStart, Egton Digital, Disability Services Team at Leeds City Council, InHealthcare, Aspire CBS, O2, Ayup, PSI Volition, RNIB, Team17 and RabbIT chose the following prototypes to be submitted to the regional finals:
The Premier Farnell Technology Challenge aims to raise aspirations and help young people aged 16-18 years explore careers in digital and tech, an industry which is set to grow by 15% in this region over the next decade.
Steve Carr, Global Head of Marketing for Premier Farnell said: “This is the third year we have run this challenge and once again we are overwhelmed with the creativity the students have shown in responding to the challenge. As a global technology business based in Leeds, we are committed to introducing the next generation to technology and the opportunities that it presents. The quality of the entries we have received clearly shows that Yorkshire is growing some real talent in this area.”
The challenge is organised with local social enterprise Ahead Partnership which has supported over 100,000 young people to date with real life, hands-on experiences designed by local employers.
The competitions are part of the FutureJobs programme, a fully-funded service from aspire-igen, Leeds City Region LEP and the European Social Fund.
Stephanie Burras CBE, Ahead Partnership’s Chief Executive, said: “Over two million people work in digital in the UK and in this region, where demand is ever-increasing, it’s imperative that we help young people see the diverse opportunities available. We’re delighted to be helping Premier Farnell directly tackle this demand by challenging young people’s perceptions of the tech industry, helping them develop their creativity and focus on innovation. We’re really looking forward to seeing all the winning designs.”
Sarah Thomas, Access and Widening Participation Manager at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Leeds Beckett University is delighted to be involved in the Premier Farnell Technology Challenge. The project will equip participants with the creative and technical skills needed to pursue successful careers within the industry and enables our undergraduate students to share their expertise and gain valuable experience of working with young people in our region.”