Young people across the country are being challenged to unleash their creativity with the Inspire Your City challenge. The aim is to get students aged 7-18 to come up with the most life-changing businesses and services of the future which are made possible thanks to gigabit internet speeds.
CityFibre, the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform which is currently installing its full fibre gigabit networks in over 60 UK cities and towns, has teamed up with The Skills Service, a brokerage that brings together employers and education providers to enhance curriculum and improve young people’s employability in Peterborough and the north of Cambridgeshire. Together, they are running this enterprise challenge with a digital innovation theme.
Inspire your City will enhance students’ understanding of how a full-fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, like CityFibre is installing in the likes of Peterborough and Cambridge, can change the way we live. Meanwhile, the challenge aspect nurtures the skills of future entrepreneurs and business leaders as students have to identify a challenge in their community, develop a solution that uses gigabit internet speeds, identify their target market and develop a promotion plan.
It proved to be an extremely popular challenge when run in Peterborough schools by The Skills Service. Students’ ideas included robotic house builders, solar powered rubbish trucks, hovering umbrellas and health monitors connected to emergency services.
In a bid to keep imaginations flowing during lockdown, CityFibre and The Skills Service moved the Inspire Your City programme online. Now, the challenge has been opened up to the whole of the UK to get as many ideas flowing as possible.
Entries will be included in a quarterly prize draw where participants could win £100 worth of gift vouchers for their revolutionary ideas for new digital technologies and services.
To be in with the chance of winning a £100 gift voucher, entrants must submit their most imaginative, high-impact products or services that use the speed and power of their city’s new Gigabit City network.
Rebecca Stephens, City Manager at CityFibre, said: “CityFibre is bringing Full Fibre networks to 60 cities and towns across the UK. Gigabit speeds mean we’ve never been more connected and this creates huge opportunity and potential for innovation growth and economic recovery.
“We’re already using more robotics and automation in industry, and sensors are improving quality of life by allowing us to connect to our heating systems remotely, monitor for trips and falls, even ensuring emergency exits in communal buildings are kept clear. Now, we want to get the next generation to share their vision for what their cities will look like in the next few years and how we can get the most out of gigabit connectivity.”
Tom Hennessy, chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough which runs The Skills Service, added: “The Inspire Your City challenge not only develops students’ understanding of how businesses work, but shows the potential the CityFibre’s Gigabit infrastructure can unlock across the country.
“Industry is changing fast and we need to ensure students understand how this level of connectivity can be harnessed by businesses and communities.”
Full competition details can be found at: https://www.theskillsservice.co.uk/inspire-your-city
Students and families can take part in the challenge online and schools can also apply for lesson plans and information packs directly.
One winner will be chosen per quarter by a judging panel made up of local business people and will receive a £100 gift voucher.
Entrants can also follow @inspireyourcity and @CityFibre via Twitter for additional tips and content to aid them with their submissions.