Samsung UK launches Solve for Tomorrow: Next Gen national competition for 2023, encouraging 11 to 15-year-olds to create ideas and learn how tech can design a more inclusive future
LONDON, UK – 20th March, 2023 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has today launched its Solve for Tomorrow: Next Gen Competition for the third consecutive year, giving young students in the UK and Ireland the chance to learn from industry experts and create innovative technological designs for the future.
As part of Samsung’s mission to defy barriers to help young people from all backgrounds find their purpose in tomorrow’s world, Solve for Tomorrow: Next Gen seeks to empower the next generation of innovators.
The national competition encourages students aged between 11 and 15 to imagine a better world and how technology can solve some of society’s biggest issues.
As part of the programme, students will take part in a 45-minute interactive video lesson. Alongside our Solve for Tomorrow: Next Gen host, Reuben Christian, Tech, Marketing and Product Design experts from Samsung will lead the lesson and take students through the Design Thinking process and different STEM careers.
Participants can then enter the competition with their written idea and sketches, as individuals or in teams of up to three, for the chance to win fantastic tech prizes for themselves, teachers and school. Every student that enters will also see their achievements recognised with a certificate to celebrate their involvement with Solve for Tomorrow: Next Gen.
This year, there is a completely new set of resources being launched that centre around inclusivity. Students are encouraged to submit their own ‘tech for good’ ideas that help to design a future where everyone belongs.
Last year, 481 teams entered the competition with a total of 18,970 students from 16% of all secondary schools in the UK and Ireland taking part in the lesson and learning about the tech industry, and specifically the theme of sustainability.
Sophie Edgerley Harris, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Samsung Electronics UK, said: “At Samsung, we aim to inspire the next generation of young students through education and tech, and also encourage them to pursue an exciting career in the tech industry.
We hope students and teachers enjoy the new resources created this year, and we are looking forward to seeing the fantastic ideas entered into the competition by this year’s group of young tech enthusiasts.”
Last year, in the 11-13 age category, 13-year-old Alek, from All Hallows Catholic School in Surrey, was chosen as the winner with his ‘Green Solutions’ knowledge sharing platform idea for farmers, which encouraged them to implement more sustainable farming practices. Filip, 11, also from All Hallows Catholic School, was the runner-up with his ‘Brilliant Buzzer’ idea – a solar-powered pollinating drone that used cameras and AI to protect endangered plants.
In 2022’s 13-15 age category, Finn and Josh, both 14, from Grange Park School in Kent, were chosen as winners with their smart bin idea, which educated users on the journey of their waste. Amelie, Megan and Laila, all aged 14 and from Clayton Hall Academy in Staffordshire, were runners-up with their ‘Smart Plug’ concept, which reduced energy consumption and prevented electricity waste.
The deadline for competition entries is on 23rd June 2023, and a panel of judges from Samsung will select winners and runners-up in two age categories: 11-13 and 13-15, depending on their school year.
Members of the winning team will each receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, and a VIP invitation to attend a Samsung Solve for Tomorrow event. The teacher, parent or guardian responsible for submitting the winning entry will receive a Samsung Galaxy Book2 360, and the winner’s school will get a Samsung QB65B TV screen. Each participant in the running-up team will receive a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro.
To find out more and register for Solve for Tomorrow: Next Gen 2023, please visit: https://nationalschoolspartnership.com/initiatives/samsung-next-gen-2023/