Samsung UK Reveals the 2022 Finalists of its ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ Competition
LONDON, UK – 1 June 2022 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd is excited to unveil the five finalists of its youth tech competition ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ – an alternative learning programme designed to inspire and support a diverse cohort of young people to share their passions outside of the traditional education system.
Delivered in partnership with Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, the competition aims to find, fuel and celebrate the next generation of tech entrepreneurs by empowering participants with the confidence, connections and capabilities to realise their ideas, careers and ambitions.
Applications for the competition opened in November 2021 with over 450 young people entering from across the country. By sharing their ideas on how tech could help solve a significant societal challenge within one of four key areas: education, sustainability, social isolation or diversity, equity and inclusion, Solve for Tomorrow is about empowering young people through tech innovation.
Throughout the competition process, there have been learning opportunities to develop tech and inter-personal skills and networks with 23 semi-finalist teams working with Samsung and Digital Catapult through a programme of workshops and mentorship to develop their tech for good ideas. Each team has also been supported by a Samsung employee mentor.
Five finalist teams have been chosen to proceed to the final phase of the competition, they are:
- Team Repair – Monthly educational activities developed to engage children with STEM and promote sustainability by repairing broken electronic gadgets.
- AudiVision – Smart glasses with speech-to-text capabilities, designed to alleviate the challenges faced by those with hearing impairment.
- MyVision – A ground-breaking mobile device for the visually impaired and blind. MyVision aims to make the invisible challenges, visible.
- Chum – Chum will use educational content to make the cancer treatment journey feel less frightening, uniquely curated for young people.
- Project U – The careers social network for students. Project U will provide an accessible community, foster peer-to-peer learning and boost diversity within the workplace.
One of the judges responsible for selecting the five finalists, James Kitto, Vice President of Sales, Samsung UK & Ireland said: “As a business, we are passionate about supporting the next generation to feel empowered to use tech to think differently and work together to find solutions for tomorrow. I’ve been really impressed by the passion, creativity and drive to succeed that all teams have shown at every round of this competition. The standard of entries has been second to none and it has been an honour to be part of the story for these young people. Although this programme is about us mentoring and sharing skills and learning, I really feel that we are also learning so much from them. Good luck to everyone involved in the final.”
Leading up to the final pitch, the finalists will develop their projects further, receiving workshops and mentoring: covering business skills, presentation/pitching coaching, and feedback/Q&A sessions with Samsung and Digital Catapult design and technology teams.
The finalists will attend the final and pitch their projects on 27 June to a panel of judges at Samsung KX. The winning team will receive a £10,000 cash prize as well as access to start up expertise & mentoring for a further six months. Two runner-up teams will each receive a £1,000 cash prize.
All finalists will benefit from accessible opportunities to learn via workshops and mentoring and will develop new skills and lifelong networks of support. To find out more about ‘Solve for Tomorrow’, visit: www.samsung.com/uk/solvefortomorrow
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