St John Fisher students inspire new tech ideas

St John Fisher youngsters inspire new technology in Peterborough

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 this week 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 the school taking on the challenge was St John Fisher. There were some fantastic ideas for new tech and business. Guiding the students through the session and offering advice and support were CityFibre themselves and also Barclays Bank.

The top three were:-

  • 1st place – SmartEye – Tech inspired glasses that were able to translate spoken word onto the glasses screen. The thought behind this was to help translate between nationalities and also for deaf people.
  • 2nd place – MASS – A virtual mental health counsellor to make it more comfortable for patients and reduce waiting times.
  • 3rd place – Wear – Clothing band that can detect health issues in people and alert emergency services if someone has had a fit or been knocked unconsciousness.
  • An additional fourth place was put through as judges found it too close to call between 3rd and 4th. This team was a business called Sense It – a set of sensors across the city to help detect homeless people who can then be assisted and helped to safety.

The judges and teachers attending were extremely impressed with all of the intuitive and detailed plans and the fact they looked to benefit the local community with their ideas.

Some other ideas that were pitched were;

  • Shop doorway and street screening to tell if people are carrying knives.
  • A vehicle to help deliver medicines
  • A drone that reacted to car accidents and was able to direct emergency services to the scene with GPS.

For more information on the project please click here: