The MAD (Make A Difference) Digital Challenge, launched on Monday 19th March, is designed to encourage an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and requires students to work cooperatively to harness technology and develop ideas in a professional capacity.
Students are invited to submit a proposal for how the College should use technology to improve the teaching, learning and assessment experience, or the whole student experience. There is no need to be a programmer or a designer to win the challenge, all that is needed is a strong proposal and the enthusiasm and commitment to see it through from proposal to completion.
Submissions can be by individuals or by teams. All that is needed is to film a short presentation of no more than two minutes about your idea, which can be done using a mobile, and to submit a short write-up of your idea by completing the form below.
The deadline for entries is at 5pm on Friday 20th April. Students are then be asked to vote for their favourite idea and a designated panel will select five finalists to proceed to the next stage, a Dragon’s Den style pitch on Friday 25th May, for which proposing teams and individuals will receive mentor support. There will need to be a minimum of 25 votes received from registered students to be considered as a finalist.
College Vice Principal Asfa Sohail expressed her excitement about launching the challenge. Addressing College students, she said:
The MAD Digital Challenge will enable you to excel in developing entrepreneurial and digital skills. In addition to developing these skills and winning prizes, successful candidates will be mentored by employers. I encourage you all to take part in this challenge and help us shape the future of Havering College by taking digital technologies to the next level.
So, if you fancy your chances at being the next Alan Sugar, be sure to get involved. Do not forget that the deadline for entries is at 5pm on Friday 20th April. Good luck!