Innovate UK 2012

In October 2012, Digital Explorer is leading an expedition around the UK with a group of young people from Saudi Arabia: the Innovate UK 2012 expedition. Digital Explorer has created the varied and exciting experience with the aim of providing skills and tools for practical solutions to challenges the global community faces in the 21st century.

You can follow their journey live on the blog, from October 22nd.

Winners of the Technology and Innovation categories in Saudi Arabia’s national Most Competitive Youth competition will spend two weeks exploring the process of innovation and work with grassroots initiatives, tech start-ups and multinational businesses, to examine:

  • the relevance of technology and innovation for national and global challenges
  • how an idea grows into a viable business
  • what skills you need
  • what tools you can use to help along the way

Beginning in London, we’ll work with companies leading the way in technological innovation such as Cisco and startups at Silicon Roundabout including TechHub. Moving to Wales, we’ll address sustainability and renewables through projects at the Centre for Alternative Technology, and take some time for reflection, consolidation and physical challenge while hiking in the Snowdonia National Park. Returning to London, we’ll work with some of the best young tech start-ups in the East End to make the young team’s ideas and schemes a reality during a two-day hack.

Innovate UK 2012 Celebration!

Join us at the end of the journey to meet the team and hear about their experiences on Friday 2nd November at 4.30pm at Google Campus in East London. The event is free to attend but please email sarah@digitalexplorer.co.uk by Thursday 1st November to let us know you’re coming.

The Most Competitive Youth initiative is run annually in Saudi Arabia, funded by the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA) in partnership with Pearson Publishers, and aims to provide an encouraging platform for young people to participate and represent their ideas to improve and impact their schools, universities or communities.

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