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Children’s University Inspire the City

We took the CityFibre ‘Inspire your City’ challenge to the Children’s University at the weekend where students of all ages came up with ideas that could shape the future of Peterborough through the power of being a Gigabit City.

Ten Peterborough schools have taken up a challenge to come up with new ways the city, its residents and businesses could make the most of its new gigabit connectivity with the Inspire Your City programme launched by CityFibre and The Skills Service.

Groups of students will compete against each other to come up with imaginative, high impact services or products that uses the speed and power of CityFibre’s gigabit network. Each of the teams will develop a business plan and pitch their idea to the other teams and a panel of volunteer judges from local businesses.

Three to four winning teams will be chosen at each event by the judges. Ahead of a final event in April 2020, the top teams will be reduced to 10 in a panel meeting of the judges.

Today, Children’s University took on the challenge. Forty students from all age ranges took part in the morning challenge. Along with the CityFibre brief and presentation, the students were guided by Skills Service staff. It was great to see the students engaging with us taking the chance to show the outside world of work what their ideas were – there was a real sense of pride from many of teams.

Again, as with all of the sessions so far, there were some amazing ideas and was wonderful to see the students get really involved and invest in the possibilities of what can be potentially achieved with Peterborough becoming a smart city.

The top four winners were:-

  • 1st place – Wheel Live – An electric car specifically design for wheelchair users to enable them to travel around the city road networks much easier.
  • 2nd place – SMILE – A robot that interacts and engages with people who struggle with mental health to help support them and helps to make things easier for them.
  • 3rd place – Plasticate – An automated machine that helps reduce the spread of plastic waste.
  • 4th place – Ecobot – A drone that can dive in the rivers and oceans to help pick up plastic that has collected on the sea and river beds.

Winners members of Wheel Live

The judges and teachers attending were impressed with all of the intuitive and detailed plans – including the focus from most teams on being eco-friendly and looking to help others in the local community with their ideas.

For more information on the project please click here: https://www.theskillsservice.co.uk/schools/inspireyourcity/