Schools Challenge

New to TechNExt for 2024, the Schools Challenge engaged North East school children in tech and with tech employers in the region.

School children between 9-13 years from across the region participated, working with North East tech industry mentors to come up with a tech solution to a real life problem.

The students looked at themes such as Online Safety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Money Management and Climate Change.

The Schools Challenge is now closed to entries.

How did it work?

Technology is all around us, but sometimes it‘s difficult to understand what a career in the tech industry might be like – the Schools Challenge gave school children an insight into the industry. By focusing on ‘Tech for Good’ – the participating schools developed an innovative tech-based solution that addressed a real life problem that could help them and the world they live in!

The students created posters which explained their inventions and submitted them to the regional industry expert panel for feedback and judging!

What’s next?

One submission from each local authority area will be selected by the committee to be invited to a celebration event on the morning of Tuesday 18 June, in Durham City Centre, during the week of TechNExt festival.