UK IT Challenge
The UK IT Challenge, organised by Shaw Trust – a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally, took place at BT’s Adastral Park, from 3 – 5 July. Teams of disabled young people took part in a variety of IT challenges to test ability, creativity and skill using different computer programmes. Challenges range from designing a poster in PowerPoint, retrieving specific information from the internet and showing off ability in excel.
The young people also heard from disabled speakers who have excelled. On the first day, Steph Hanratty spoke about how she became Captain of England’s Ladies Deaf Rugby. The next day Mitchell Camp shared his experience of representing Great Britain at the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles and competing in the 100m Long Jump and 100m relay. During day three Jay, a Nigerian born British travel blogger, talked about her journeys around the world.
On the final day of the competition winners were announced and prizes were given out. George was named winner in the PowerPoint category for his ability to use PowerPoint to functions to change a presentation. The PowerPoint award was sponsored by Kainos, Quick Think Cloud and Iconi.
George, said: “I have had a brilliant time. It was great to showcase my skills and also learn some new ones too. I have also made some great memories with new friends. This has been a fantastic experience.”
Sejal Patel, Director at Shaw Trust, said: “Congratulations to George! The competition was fierce, thanks to lots of very talented young people, but George really stood out as passionate about IT, a creative thinker and able to implement solutions. Shaw Trust has a vision for a world where everyone has the opportunity to be the best they can be. Digital technology plays an enormous role in promoting and supporting social inclusion, but unfortunately the internet still remains inaccessible for a lot of people, across a wide spectrum of disabilities. Working with our partners and government we will continue to work towards reducing this digital divide and creating a truly inclusive world.”