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

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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 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 ThinkAc­ 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.”

ThinkAc­ 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!

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