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Andy Murray launches #DigiInventorsChallenge2019 and invites digital health ideas from Scottish teens

Following the success of the #DigiInventorsChallenge 2017 and 2018, Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) in association with Andy Murray, are now seeking the next life-changing idea in digital health and care with the launch of #DigiInventorsChallenge 2019.
The annual challenge is calling for teams of Scottish secondary school pupils to enter ideas that will help young people improve their physical activity and/ or mental health, using digital technology.

Shortlisted teams will then compete for an impressive prize package and the chance to see their idea become reality at the #DigiInventorsChallenge Bootcamp. This is an intensive and engaging two-day event designed to equip teams with the relevant skills, knowledge and inspiration to transform their idea into a real life invention. This is also where finalists present their idea in a formal pitch-setting to a panel of expert judges.

This year’s winning team was St Maurice’s High School, in North Lanarkshire, and their idea Fakeaway – a healthy lifestyle application and social enterprise aiming to educate and promote the importance of healthy eating to young people. The app shows healthy alternatives to takeaways, while providing a weekly shopping list, tailored to the personal budget and dietary requirements of the user. Since winning, the team have worked with SwarmOnline and ORCHA to develop and refine a working prototype. They are now sourcing additional seed funding to turn the prototype into a viable product, that our young people will be able to download and use.

Professor George Crooks, CEO at DHI, said:
“We expect another big year for our #DigiInventorsChallenge in 2019. I’m sure that with Andy’s continued unwavering support; from the conception of this unique challenge, to encourage physical activity and/ or mental health through to its

The #DigiInventorsChallenge presents an excellent opportunity for our young people to fully immerse themselves in the digital world, build their entrepreneurial skills and perhaps even consider a future career in the technology industry, so I urge all schools and clubs across Scotland to take part.

Scotland continues to face major health and care challenges, but the opportunity is there to create new solutions that will improve quality of life and better position Scotland to compete in this important and growing economic sector. After the last 2 years’ incredible entries, it’s safe to say we cannot wait to see what will happen in 2019.”

Andy Murray’s use of technology and data to improve his performance on court has been well documented and has been an important part of maintaining his health throughout his career.

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