IT BOSS APPEALS TO TALENTED TEENAGERS TO SHARE THEIR NEW PRODUCT IDEAS
Andy Langley, CEO of Ntegra has appealed to young people in Swindon and the Cotswolds to share their product ideas. The incentive? A chance to win a cash prize in The Cotswold Challenge.
He said: ‘I’m thrilled to be one of the judges of the Innovation & Enterprise Category for The Cotswold Challenge 2021. In this challenge young people aged between 15 and 19 (in years 11, 12, 13 at school, college or in equivalent training) can submit their ideas.
We have talented teenagers in our community. Teenagers who may not even realise they have an idea which would work in the ‘real world’. I would encourage them all to submit their idea around:
1. Creating something new
2. Improving something or
3. Solving a problem in society or business.”
Andy and the team at Ntegra, a Swindon-based company that works with world-famous brands, have committed to supporting young people in the town and embracing new talent.
‘As we move further into the digital age, we are in need of so many skills in Swindon, Wiltshire and the South West. Many young people lack confidence. Yet they have great ideas, and they often have a refreshing perspective. My advice is to not be afraid and go for it!’
The Cotswold Challenge
The Cotswold Challenge is in its second year. It was set up by a group of self-employed entrepreneurs during lockdown to provide a positive outlet for young people.
One such is Nigel Chute of Chute Design, an expert in bringing products and ideas to market.
He said: ‘The Cotswold Challenge was set up to help students in Swindon and the Cotswolds that were going to miss out on their GCSEs and A-Levels. It’s clear that the pandemic has had a disproportionate and negative effect on young people. This project aims to counter that.’
‘We’re offering young people the opportunity to share their talent and perhaps win a cash prize. Even more valuable, the judges in each category are successful in their field. Thus it could be the start of a very important relationship as these young people take their next steps in their lives.’
Andy has come up with ten ideas that could work in the Innovation & Design category:
1.*A product/service/digital solution which is new, and which serves a practical purpose.
2. *A product/service/digital solution which brings joy and happiness to people.
3*A product/service/digital solution based on something well known yet improved through a modification or a modernisation.
4.*A product/service/digital solution which offers a way to tackle some of the UK’s big issues around sustainability, recycling, waste or climate change.
5. *A product/service/digital solution which solves a problem for a particular group of people eg. The elderly or the very young.
6. *A product/service/digital solution which solves a problem in a manufacturing or business process.
7. *A product/service/digital solution which works with renewable sources of energy.
8. *A product/service/digital solution which supports a business sector such as therapists.
9. *A product/service/digital solution which supports the world of sport, offering something new or different.
10. *A well thought out idea for setting up a new business in the digital age.
Innovation doesn’t have to mean new
Andy said: ‘Many teenagers may think that innovation means they have to create something brand new. Yet that’s not the case. Innovation means many things. It can mean improving on something that already exists. Or it can mean plugging a gap in a business or manufacturing process, or it can mean a business idea and a clear vision of how to make it into a reality.’
The Cotswold Challenge is open for entries until the evening of Tuesday July 6th. There is a top prize of £500 in three categories of Art & Design, Creative Writing & Innovation & Enterprise. The second prize is £300, third prize is £100 and there are some runners’ up prizes too.
New for this year is the Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Talent. The founding team will choose one student from each of the three categories to receive a £250 prize by the founding team for their contribution. To enter visit www.thecotswoldchallenge.com
Ntegra has been a technology gem in the Swindon business community for 18 years. Created in 2003 the company has gone on to work with brands including Vodafone, Waitrose and WPP.
The team are now more than 40 strong in Swindon itself with specialist IT associates worldwide. For more information visit https://ntegra.com