Building big ideas T3 teamed up with TechRadar and Honor to help foster the next great tech idea, with a series of inspiring forums and £10,000 of funding for a prize-winning concept
This was a competition with a life-changing prize. Back in July, we partnered with TechRadar and Honor to launch a competition where we asked students and recent graduates to come up with a brilliant tech idea, with a first prize of £10,000.
The competition was part of our Tech Innovation for the Future project, which included events in Newcastle and London hosting innovative thinkers, and around 100 thought-provoking articles posted to our innovation hub at T3.com. For the competition, we were looking for ideas for apps, software services and hardware with the potential to solve real-life problems and improve people’s lives.
The response to our competition was fantastic, with entries flooding in from all over the country, which made for some lively discussions on the judging panel made up of journalists from T3 and TechRadar.
We chose the T3 Awards, which were held at the Ministry of Sound on 27 September, as the venue to announce the competition winner and two runners-up, so that as well as picking up a massive cheque, the winners could enjoy entertainment from DJ Yoda and Johnny Borrell, who played at the event.
In second place was Andrew Garbett with ThinkActive.io. ThinkActive uses inexpensive activity trackers and pseudonymous avatars to help 8-11 year olds keep fit while learning about data privacy at the same time.
“The technology has been designed specifically for group activity tracking for primary school children and focuses on pseudonymity as an approach to managing privacy of personal data. It also promotes social interactions between children to enhance data literacy and understanding of activity tracking data,” explains Andrew. “Our goal is to reduce national obesity levels in primary school children and provide children with the tools and skills necessary to understand their data-driven life, and prepare them for an active and healthy life into adulthood.”
ThinkActive.io has had two successful deployments with the Newcastle United Foundation and the team recently deployed the technology in a local secondary school. Andrew says the next steps are to rapidly expand on three dimensions: regional and national growth in Premier League Football, entrance into Premier League Rugby, and development for health and wellbeing programmes for the workplace. We wish Andrew’s project the best of luck!
In third place, the judges chose SOSight by Suleman Sujad. SOSight is a concept for a free emergency services app which would allow a user to easily contact the police, ambulance, fire department and other rescue services, sending photos or video footage of their location to aid with their rescue. What a great idea – we’re surprised that it doesn’t already exist!