Samsung UK announces 2022 finalists for its ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ competition – Samsung Newsroom UK

LONDON, UK – June 1, 2022 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd is thrilled to reveal the five finalists for its ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ youth tech competition – an alternative learning program designed to inspire and support a diverse cohort of young people to share their passions outside of the mainstream education system.

Hosted in partnership with Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation hub, the competition aims to find, nurture and celebrate the next generation of tech entrepreneurs by giving entrants the confidence, connections and capabilities necessary to realize their ideas, careers and ambitions.

Applications for the competition opened in November 2021 with more than 450 young people from across the country. By sharing their ideas on how technology could help solve an important societal challenge in one of four key areas: education, sustainability, social isolation or diversity, equity and inclusion, Solve for Tomorrow aims to empower young people through technological innovation.

Throughout the competition process, there were learning opportunities to develop technical and interpersonal skills and networks with 23 semi-finalist teams working with Samsung and Digital Catapult through a program of workshops and mentorship to develop their technology for good ideas. Each team was also supported by a Samsung employee mentor.

Five finalist teams have been chosen to move on to the final phase of the competition, they are:

  • Team repair – Monthly educational activities developed to engage children in STEM and promote sustainability by fixing broken electronic gadgets.
  • Audi Vision – Smart glasses with text-to-speech capabilities, designed to alleviate the challenges faced by people with hearing loss.
  • My vision – A revolutionary mobile device for the visually impaired and blind. MyVision aims to make invisible challenges visible.
  • Friend – Chum will use educational content to make the cancer treatment journey less scary, specifically designed for young people.
  • Project U – The student career social network. Project U will provide an accessible community, foster peer-to-peer learning and boost diversity in the workplace.

One of the judges responsible for selecting the five finalists, James Kitto, Vice President of Sales, Samsung UK and Ireland, said“As a company, we are passionate about helping the next generation feel empowered to use technology to think differently and work together to find solutions for tomorrow. I was truly impressed with the passion , the creativity and the will to succeed that all the teams have shown in each round of this competition. The level of entries has been second to none and it has been an honor to be part of the history of these young people. Although this program is all about mentorship, skill sharing and learning, I really feel like we’re learning a lot from them too. Good luck to everyone involved in the finals.

Prior to the final pitch, finalists will further develop their projects, benefiting from workshops and mentoring: covering business skills, pitch/presentation coaching and feedback/Q&A sessions with Samsung’s design and technology teams and Digital Catapult.

The finalists will attend the final and present their projects on June 27 in front of a jury from Samsung KX. The winning team will receive a cash prize of £10,000 as well as access to start-up expertise and mentoring for a further six months. Two finalist teams will each receive a cash prize of £1,000.

All finalists will benefit from accessible learning opportunities through workshops and mentorship and will develop new skills and lifelong support networks. To learn more about “Solve for Tomorrow”, visit: www.samsung.com/uk/solvefortomorrow

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