#DigiInventors Challenge 2023

What is the #DigiInventors Challenge ?

The #DigiInventors Challenge is on a mission to test your ambition.

We want you to come up with new ideas that can be developed and transformed into digital health and care solutions to support our young people.

When is it ?

The #DigiInventors Challenge takes place between August and December. We have partnered with dressCode, City of Glasgow College, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, and the Scottish Tech Army to provide resources for your classroom activities and support your teaching, learning, and idea development.

Similar to previous years, we are running a separate challenge for young people in the UAE. The winners from both Scotland and the UAE will be showcased to a global audience.

But before then shortlisted finalists will join us for a 2-day boot camp where you will refine your idea and attend specialised sessions to develop your ideas. Then, there will be a final event where you will present your idea to a panel of expert judges.

This year, we are making a slight change to the Challenge. We will focus on one specific health challenge and ideas that incorporate SMART Technology. You can earn bonus points if your idea includes features that benefit the environment and contribute to achieving net zero carbon emissions.

Mark Your Calendars:


#DigiInventors Challenge Activity

28 August 2023

Applications open in Scotland and the UAE

13 October 2023

Application submission deadline

16-27 October 2023


31 October 2023

Shortlisted finalist teams announced

01-19 November 2023

Idea development using teaching materials before boot camp

20 & 21 November 2023

Boot camp (two half-days)

05 December 2023

Final presentations to our panel of judges (half-day)

14 December 2023

Scottish and UAE winners announced

22 February 2024

Award presentations and prizegiving (Scotland)


Award presentations and prizegiving (UAE)


How do I enter?

  • Work in teams (up to a maximum of 4 people plus mentor)
  • Research the health and care challenge (mental health and well-being with a focus on peer pressure and/ or bullying)
  • Pick a SMART Technology platform for your idea to work with (mobile phone, games console, TV, etc...)
  • Design your idea (for initial submission and shortlisting)
  • Develop your idea (in advance of boot camp using our new resources)
  • Submit your idea and see if you get shortlisted to join our mentors for our 2-day boot camp
  • Pitch your final idea to our panel of judges

Please read the Application Criteria and Rulebook:

Application Criteria

- Rulebook

To Participate:

  • The Challenge is open to students from Ages 14 and up.
  • To sign up for the #DigiInventorsChallenge, please CLICK HERE. Please follow all the instructions on the sign-up form.
  • Team registrations open on August 28th, 2023.
  • Team Registrations will close on September 25th, 2023.
  • Last date to submit your idea/presentation - October 13th, 2023.
  • Project submissions will be submitted online only, information on where to submit will be shared closer to the closing date.
  • Select your teammates - mixed gender or same gender teams of three (minimum) or four (maximum) students aged 14 and above along with one mentor.
  • Each school can only register two teams of four members each.

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