Ideas from the future: The Next Generation Schools Innovation Challenge


Vicki DeBlasi

On a beautiful sunny morning on the Oxford Road, a group of CityVerve partners gathered to hear from the next generation on how they would change Manchester for the better using the power of IoT.

The Next Generation School’s Innovation Challenge was the result of months of coordination with local schools and, of course, months of hard work by the pupils (ably supported by their teachers, friends and parents) to respond to a challenging brief for anyone: how do we use the IoT to create a more innovative and inspiring Manchester for those who live, work, play and study here?

The challenge also wanted to test the students’ creativity with a more light-hearted challenge: to design a smart robot to help improve something dear to their hearts in the running of the city!

Up for grabs on the day, as well as the School’s Innovation Challenge trophy of course, was the setup of a ‘classroom of innovation’. Kitted out with the latest in cutting-edge technology, these innovation hubs aim to encourage the students to continue to create and develop the ideas they’d brought with them to the Challenge.

Joined by judges from key partners Manchester City Council (represented by Mark Duncan), Cisco (Nick Chrissos) and Manchester Science Partnerships (represented by Anne Dornan), as well as journalist Lucy Roue from the Manchester Evening News and Hive Manchester co-founder Damian Payton, the panellists were all excited to hear the ideas the students came up with.

To read more about the Next Generation School's Innovation Challenge, follow the link