Digital pioneers get chance to scoop £2,500 prize

Posted on 5 Dec 2017 by Jonny Williamson

Enterprising students who are pioneering digital innovation will have the chance to win £2,500 in a new competition.

Enterprising digital pioneers who are pioneering digital innovation will have the chance to win £2,500 in a new competition – image courtesy of Pixabay.

The Digital Innovation Challenge, which has been organised in association with the University of Manchester, aims to showcase and recognise the capabilities of digital pioneers, students in digital innovation.

A prize of £2,500 will be given to the individual or team that presents the best innovation to meet any challenge relating to Industry 4.0 – the term that describes the next generation of smart manufacturing.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your innovation and also to network with companies, investors, employers, policy-makers and academics,” said competition co-organiser Dr Carl Driver from The University of Manchester.

Dr Driver explained that Industry 4.0 is a term that describes the technological breakthroughs that will power the next industrial revolution.

He added: “It’s about connectivity between people, machines and devices, analysing large volumes of ‘Big Data’ to boost efficiency, working with ‘cobots’ – collaborative robots which work closely with humans – as well as using augmented reality and 3D printing. “It’s also about making industry smarter, more flexible and more efficient.”

The 2018 competition is open to both individuals and teams. Teams can contain up to six people but the team must be either current students (undergraduate or postgraduate from any higher education Institution) or have graduated after June 2013.