The annual TMT Predictions Schools Challenge is an initiative created to ‘plug the skills gap’ for our clients who report challenges in engaging young people with the skills and interest to pursue careers in the Technology, Media or Telecommunications (TMT) sectors.
This year, eight Deloitte Access schools have been faced with one of four challenges related to Smart Speakers, set off the back of our TMT Predictions. The participating schools have to respond to a brief to create an innovative idea in either the retail, gaming, education or hospitality sector, before going head-to-head to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.
The finals are being held on 26 March 2019, where the final three teams will present their idea to an audience and our judging panel who will pick the winner. If you would like to find out more about the upcoming Schools Challenge, or if you would like to attend the finals please contact the team.
TMT Predictions Schools Challenge 2018 – what happened last year?
Thursday 22 March marked the Grand Final of the TMT Predictions Schools Challenge 2018. Three Deloitte Access finalist schools were faced with an Augmented Reality (AR) challenge, set off the back of one of our 2018 TMT Predictions. The participating schools had to create an innovative idea in either the retail, gaming or education sector and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges from Deloitte, Blippar, Vodafone IoT and Amazon Web Services. During the Grand Final, students also got to meet ten innovative tech companies demoing exciting products in our marketplace.
And the 2018 winner was...
City of London Academy Islington were crowned the winners with their ‘Eldercare monitoring device’, an app that would assist the elderly with timing and taking their medication. The judges commented that the idea had the strongest business potential and noted that it was particularly topical and useful in the current climate.
They were faced by tough competition from St Mary Magdalene Academy whose AR gaming app ‘The Occult’ would send users on a quest around London to historical sites. Maria Fidelis School also fought a strong game with ‘Polyglot’ their education idea which utilises AR to encourage students to study foreign languages.
After the winning school was announced at the Deloitte auditorium, all the finalist schools went with their teachers and coaches on a surprise trip to the London Eye.
More on the 2018 TMT Predictions Schools challenge
All of the schools involved in the challenge are part of the Deloitte Access programme, in collaboration with Teach First. Teams of students from across the UK worked with 2-3 Deloitte coaches in response to three briefs linked to the 2018 TMT Predictions report. In February 2018, six schools presented at the Semi-Finals to a specialised group of judges, both internal and external to Deloitte. Three of these schools then qualified for the Grand Final and went head-to-head once more at the Grand Final to battle for a spot as the overall winner of the challenge.
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