Premier Farnell Technology Challenge

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In partnership with Leeds Beckett University

Launching in September, this challenge will involve students from 16 schools and colleges across the Leeds City Region. Having run twice previously with a theme of Wearable Technology, this year’s theme will be assisted living.

The challenge

The students involved will be given fictional profiles for individuals and be challenged to design and create a prototype for a piece of assistive technology using a coding platform of their choosing. This challenge will culminate in a science fair finale in December 2017.

How can social care charities/organisations involved?

There are plenty of opportunities for you and your colleagues to get involved:

  • You can help us to create profiles that will form the basis of the brief that students will respond to. These will focus on four broad areas: learning disabilities, physical impairment, sensory impairment, the elderly.
  • Help gather service user focus groups for students to meet with to gather research and provide feedback on their ideas. Service users would need to be briefed on what to experience and the types of questions students may as.
  • Be involved in judging the internal heats at the schools/colleges (4 per fictional profile)

For further information or to express an interest in getting involved, contact Katherine Li on: 0113 246 7877 |

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About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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