Discover the #DigiInventors Challenge

Since its launch in 2017, the #DigiInventors Challenge has been growing bigger and better. More young talent, schools, and partners are joining the fun each year. We now have Primary and Secondary School Challenges in Scotland along with an international challenge in the UAE. The challenge itself is as simple as it is inspiring: we want YOU to identify real health and care challenges and dream up ideas that could transform into real digital health and care solutions.

What's this all about?

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

We want you to come up with fresh, new, game-changing ideas that could be developed and transformed into digital health and care solutions to support and enhance health and care provision for our young people.

When does it happen?

The #DigiInventors Challenge Secondary School Edition kicks off from August to December.

We've teamed up with dressCode, City of Glasgow College and the Scottish Tech Army to provide you with top-notch resources for your classroom activities. Our goal is to support your learning, teaching, and idea development every step of the way.

For our friends in the UAE, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, will be delivering the challenge just for you with the brightest minds from Scotland and the UAE getting the chance to shine on the global stage.

But wait, there's more! Shortlisted finalists will embark on an exciting 2-day boot camp where you'll fine-tune your ideas and attend expert-led sessions to supercharge your creativity.

And that's not all – a grand finale awaits, where you'll present your brilliant idea to a panel of esteemed judges.

Mark your calendar!

*Note: These dates are tentative and might shift by a day or two due to external factors.


#DigiInventors Challenge Activity

21 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)

Why enter?

  • Because you can make a real impact on the health of Scotland's and UAE's youth.
  • We're looking to pick a winner for each council area in Scotland
  • Boot camp participants will grab an exclusive #DigiInventors Challenge goodie bag.
  • Winners walk away with awesome tech prizes, certificates and a trophy for your school!

Question time...

Develop an idea for a digital health and care solution that uses SMART Technology to help young people’s mental health and wellbeing, especially when dealing with peer pressure or being bullied. Earn extra points if your idea has a positive impact on our environment and supports efforts to reach net carbon zero.

Ready to roll?

  • Form a team (must be mixed male and female, up to 4 members, plus a mentor)
  • Tackle our health and care challenge (young people's mental health and wellbeing with a focus on peer pressure and/ or bullying)
  • Pick a SMART Technology platform (think mobile phones, game consoles, TVs, and more)
  • Design your idea (for the initial submission and shortlisting)
  • Earn bonus points if your idea includes features that benefit the environment and contribute to achieving net zero carbon emissions.
  • Submit your idea and cross your fingers for a boot camp invitation
  • If invited, develop your idea further (use our brand-new digital resources before boot camp)
  • Present your final idea to our expert panel of judges

Score some cool rewards!

Challenge goodie bag

Get into boot camp and score your own #DigiInventors Challenge goodie bag.

Tech prizes

Tech treasures await all winners.

Ready to dive in? Enter now!

Scottish Entries

If you're in Scotland, submit using button below:

Submit your Entry

UAE Entries

If you're in the UAE, submit using button below:

Submit your Entry

#DigiInventors Challenge Resources

View all our #DigiInventors Challenge 2023 Secondary School Edition resources to help you with your applications!

Privacy notice

There are two Privacy Notices for this year's #DigiInventors Challenge. Please ensure you read the relevant Privacy Notice for where you are located.



Rules and application criteria

Teaching resources

We have worked with our education and charity partner dressCode to develop a suite of teaching resources to assist with your ideas and applications. This means you can take the  #DigiInventors Challenge into the classroom and use it as part of your lessons!

We have:

Marketing Resources

We've produced a suite of marketing assets that can be shared digitally or printed and put around your school or classrooms.


Social media

  • Make sure you follow @DigiInventors on Twitter and Facebook. We'll be posting lots of content so make sure you like and re-share it
  • Use hashtag #DigiInventors Challenge in your posts

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