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We’re excited to be supporting a new initiative for Guernsey’s young people – the 2020 Digital Innovators Competition – which is now open for applicants to showcase their digital skills.
The competition, which is powered by First Central and organised by the Digital Greenhouse, opened on 24th February and is looking for teams of up to five post-14 students to build a digital solution to the following problem: ‘Guernsey is full of talented people but it is not easy to find suitable people for specific jobs.’
Lucy Kirby, Director at the Digital Greenhouse, said: “We’re looking for teams of bright young innovators to see if they can use their problem-solving skills and technology to help connect the many talented individuals on the island with growing businesses.
“I hope that the competition will not only test the students’ knowledge but help build their digital skills and confidence. It will also be a chance to meet industry professionals firsthand – a key step in making employment and work experience connections.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing how their unique ideas have developed into actual practical solutions. These events often yield some extremely impressive results, which just proves that Guernsey is buzzing with talent.”
The competition is part of the Digital Innovators Programme, which is designed to develop young peoples’ digital skills in preparation for a career in the technology and creative sectors.
John Davison, our Chief Information Officer, said: “It’s essential for the local industry that young people have opportunities to improve their technology skills on-island. This competition will provide students with an opportunity to learn and test themselves in a different way than they would normally encounter in the classroom.”
Teams have until 22nd May 2020 to submit their solutions, which can be entered in any format (e.g. wireframes, prototypes etc.) The solutions will be judged by a panel comprised of experts from our Technology team and Digital Greenhouse.
A prize giving will take place on 26th June, where awards for Best Technical Solution and Most Innovative will be presented.
More information about the competition and how to enter a team can be found here.