Top brands support young people with their tech innovation ideas

May 18, 2022
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Showcasing students' tech innovation skills

Each year, through our annual Showcase, we celebrate the game-changing product ideas from students who have taken part in our computing courses. We’re delighted to have had 270 student teams enter this year, with more schools taking part than last year. We’ve seen creative ideas submitted from our long-standing App Development and Machine Learning courses, as well as from schools delivering our brand new Innovate for Climate Change course.

Under the pressure of Covid and catch up, it’s been another tough year for young people to have the opportunities to interact with each other and those outside of school, in industry. The Showcase gives students the chance to get valuable feedback and insights from our network of top industry professionals. We’re proud to have the backing of great companies whose employees have been volunteering to engage with students to help take their product ideas further. This year we welcome back BNY Mellon, LEGO, Spotify and Kingston Technology to join us again alongside our new supporters, OVO Energy and TPXImpact. Categories are as follows:

  • Climate Innovators, supported by BNY Mellon - Creative and innovative solutions to the climate emergency.

  • Community Champions, supported by Kingston Technology - Connecting communities and making local places better.

  • Digital Explorers, supported by LEGO - Showcasing creative and playful ideas.

  • Future Founders, supported by TPXImpact - The social entrepreneurs of the future.

  • Global Innovators, supported by Spotify - Innovative ideas to tackle big global challenges.

  • Systems Thinkers, supported by OVO Energy - Celebrating ideas to create large scale sustainable change.

Volunteers have been busy shortlisting the entries and every student will get personal feedback on their idea. This year, thanks to our supporters, we’re pleased to be giving more teams the opportunity to present their ideas to industry professionals through virtual ‘Pitch Practice’ sessions.

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Designing and creating apps is probably the fastest and cheapest way to impact change around the world. Anyone can do it, as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection! I really look forward to seeing what amazing ideas you all come up with.”

Miles Bardon, , Software Engineer, LEGO

As well as an opportunity to celebrate students’ creativity and hard work, the funding we receive from our Showcase partners enables us to keep our courses free for all schools and get more young people tackling social problems through tech, so a huge thank you to all our partners this year.

We’ll be announcing the top ideas which have been selected to be showcased on 8th June, when we open voting for the People's Choice Award, so get invovled! Judges will also choose their overall favourite for their category at the end of June.

Look out for the teams being Showcased on our website and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram through June.

To all the teams who have entered, good luck!