An app idea that encourages young people and their families to enjoy healthier lives at home has won first place at the #DigiInventorsChallenge competition.
The competition was launched earlier this year in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI). The competition challenged young people across Scotland to develop digital health innovations.
The winners were announced during Andy Murray’s SSE Hydro event.
The winning team, ‘Enpower Fitness’, from Erskine’s Park Mains High School, received £2,000 for their school, new tech and the chance to have their app idea developed. The team were applauded for their high-quality professional pitch and the enthusiasm each member showed by working together to build a working prototype.
The runner up team was IT Fitness, a group of teens from Fife College who want to develop a smartphone personal trainer that learns how to keep the user motivated.
The next #DigiInventorsChallenge was launched at the event by Andy Murray and is now accepting registrations for 2018.
The competition is open to all secondary school pupils in Scotland and will once again give teams the chance to learn about digital health and care as well as the business world. Shortlisted teams will be invited to the #DigiInventorsBootcamp where they will develop their ideas and prepare a professional pitch for their product.
The winning team will see their design developed into a prototype and support given from Scottish SMEs and investors.
The competition is part of a five-year partnership between DHI and Andy Murray, whose personal ambition is to promote healthier lifestyles amongst Scotland’s younger generations as well as develop skills and career opportunities in the digital health sector.
Murray said: “We hoped that the next generation of innovators would rise to the challenge and they’ve certainly done that. Improving the health and fitness of everyone in Scotland, not just young people, is really important to me personally. So it’s great that the winning idea is an app that could help the whole family to improve their wellbeing together. I congratulate all the entrants for their creativity and hard work and look forward to seeing even more excellent ideas in 2018.”
Speaking of the team’s success, Olivia Bell, Active Schools and Community Club Development officer at Park Mains High, said: “The #DigiInventorsChallenge has inspired a very talented group of our pupils to collaborate on a project that has tested their creativity, leadership, communication and presentation skills.
“What’s more, the creation of the group’s app will allow pupils to utilise technology that is already at their fingertips to enhance the health and wellbeing of our school and community. The students really enjoyed the chance to be able to develop something that will help with an important issue that affects us all, while also developing new skills such as teamwork, for themselves.”