Tameside HACKERs challenged on Brother UK’s 50th Anniversary


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Young people were challenged to design products which could be used years in the future at a Guide Bridge event.

They were taking part in Tameside HACK5, the fifth in a series of coding and science competitions delivered by Tameside Council’s Employment and Skills team. HACK5 was delivered in partnership with Brother UK.

The two-day competition was held at Brother’s headquarters over 30 & 31 October and included 13 teams of 11-18 year-olds from schools and colleges across the borough.

The Challenges were set by the Tameside Council team and Brother and themed around the future of technology over the next 50 years, celebrating Brother’s 50th anniversary year in Tameside.

For the Grand Challenge the young people were asked to develop a product that Brother UK could be making, selling or working with any time between now and 2068.

The teams of HACKERs responded with solutions that ranged from a sonar walking stick to a mobile app that offers support to individuals with dementia and their families.

Winning the Grand Challenge was team ‘The Foreseers’ from Longdendale High School for their virtual reality contact lens concept. They won a set of Tameside HACK goodies, £100 of vouchers for each team member and a Brother office solution for their school.

Extra Challenges asked teams to develop tech or software to make life easier for people with disabilities, and ‘Internet of Things’ innovations that could change the way people work or study in the future.

The young people taking part came from the following schools and colleges: Ashton Sixth Form College, Audenshaw School, Clarendon Sixth Form College, Fairfield High School for Girls, Hyde Community College, Longdendale High School, Rayner Stephens High School, Saddleworth High School, Tameside College and West Hill School.

Phil Jones MBE, Managing Director of Brother UK said: “The technology we supply to our customers now is very different to the technology we were working with when we first started out.  50 years of innovation have gone into making us the business technology solutions supplier we are today.”

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, added: “Innovation is the key to doing business. Some fantastic young people attended this event over the past couple of days and they put their planning, research, programming and teamwork skills to the test. By getting the students into an entrepreneurial mindset it will help them become more employable as they look beyond school and college.

“Events like Tameside HACK not only help young people to set off in the right direction for their future careers, but they also lay the right foundations for economic growth in the borough.”

For more information on the Tameside HACK please email hack@tameside.gov.uk, visit www.tameside.gov.uk/tamesidehack or follow @TamesideHACK on Twitter and Instagram Snapchat.

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