Tech Industry Gold Autumn Challenge 2021

The details for our Tech Industry Gold Autumn Challenge have now been revealed. The challenge will take place online on 24th November 2021, with Tech Industry Gold degree students from across the UK presenting their concepts to a panel of tech employers.

Teams will need to provide notification of entry (year group and university) to [email protected] by midnight on 10th November 2021. Team members’ names can be confirmed later. Read, digest, and get your teams together!

First Year Challenges

The pandemic has altered the way we live, learn and work. Many people and organisations are now favouring a hybrid physical / virtual approach to learning and working.

Please propose a creative technology-enabled solution to enhance people’s experiences in this hybrid world. You could, for example, consider how to improve a student’s first year at university or a graduate’s experience of entry into employment.

OR

Young people are bombarded by information about career choices from multiple sources. There is an almost infinite range of job options, industry sectors, and routes into them (e.g., training courses, apprenticeships, and degrees).

Please propose a creative technology-enabled solution to help students and young people assess the options available and make choices that will suit them.

Second/Final Year Challenges

The pandemic has altered the way we live, learn and work. Many employers are now favouring a hybrid physical / virtual approach to work.

Please propose a creative technology-enabled solution to either:

  • Enhance a graduate’s experience of entering a hybrid workplace, or
  • Enable work experience to be conducted remotely whilst being at least as valuable as the traditional physical approach

OR

The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the fact that many people face significant barriers to accessing health and care.

Please propose a creative technology-enabled solution to enabling equitable and inclusive access to health and care.

More details

The challenge will take place on 24th November 2021, the timings will be confirmed.

You will be asked to present live to the panel of judges.

Presentations for first years will be a maximum of 5 minutes.

Presentations for second years, final year and MSc students will be a maximum of 7 minutes.

You can use video, slides, music, and animation in your live presentation.

Each winning team will receive a trophy and £500. There will also be runners up prizes of £300 and £200 for each second and third team. The judging panel will also offer individual spot prizes to students who stand out and impress them.

Next steps

A maximum of two teams per year group can take part in the challenge.

You will need to provide your team name (usually the name of your solution), year group, and university to [email protected] by midnight on 10th November 2021.

Here are some links which could help you with your research.

Careers Advice

Career Choices at 18 – National Careers Service

Help for 18-24 year olds – Inspira

Find Career Ideas – UCAS

What Career Live

Virtual Work Experience

Virtual Work Experience – Prospects

What to expect from Virtual Work Experience – Career Pilot

Virtual Work Experience – Not Going to Uni

Virtual Work Experience – Career Ready Digital Programmes

Hybrid Working

Hybrid Working – ACAS

Planning hybrid working – CIPD

Hybrid Work: What the office could look like now – BBC

Getting Real about hybrid Work – McKinsey

Health

Making content about skin symptoms more inclusive – NHS Digital

Going remote: How we adapted our accessibility research – NHS Digital

How do users get forgotten? – NHS Digital

Let’s Talk about Sex – Emma Parnell

Good luck