Hampton Gardens Year 9 take on the tech challenge


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 winning teams will be chosen at each event by the judges. Ahead of a final event in March 2020, the top 30 teams will be reduced to 10 in a panel meeting of the judges.

Today, Hampton Garden students from year 9 took on the challenge. The whole cohort took part and the challenge was split over morning and afternoon sessions with winners from each session being put forward. Along with the CityFibre brief and presentation, the students were guided by volunteers from NEACO, Barclays Bank and Flagship Training. It was great to see the students engaging with the external business volunteers and really enjoying themselves and 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 three winners from both sessions were:-

Morning session

  • 1st place – Hygiene Me – A automated locker for homeless people to be able have a wash, rest and food. Tech inspired programmes would monitor the use and feed data back.
  • 2nd place – VRE – Virtual Reality England. A  wearable virtual map that can guide you to the place you wish to be with a local focus and the options of adding on additional areas.
  • 3rd place – Robo Pigeon – A robotic style pigeon as an eye in the sky that can monitor behaviours and crime and track anti-social incidents. Designed to blend in and not be a blot in the sky.

Afternoon session

  • 1st place – Virtual Reach – Virtual Reality to link friends and families together across the world who normally cant be together, to go the cinema, witness births, birthday parties, Christmas etc..
  • 2nd place – Boneless Builder – A robotic bricklayer to help with the housing crisis.  Not to take work away from the human builders but to assist and enable work to continue over down times such as holidays and weekends.
  • 3rd place – Jebseez – An umbrella that was able to hover above you freeing up your hands whilst raining. Using wifi to activate and stay in place as well as being able to offer other functions such as playing music.

A fourth place was also awarded to team WCD as the judges felt that they had a concept that needed to also go through and was pitched superbly. The idea was a wheelchair that was able to provide virtual reality to give the user experiences that they could not currently enjoy.

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.

Some other ideas that were pitched by the students included;

  • Supportive robotic pets for the elderly
  • Food delivery services
  • A mattress that was able to monitor health and react to temperatures in the body.
  • A robotic tutor that could help students that are home educated or have additional lessons
  • An automated ambulance that did not require a driver so that there was more room to help patients and the paramedics could concentrate just on the care required.

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