London final for Hope Valley College students

HOPE Valley College students are to battle it out in the final of a national schools design challenge to help older adults stay better connected.

Five schools from across the UK are to compete in the final taking place on Thursday, July 7.

Each school worked with a designer and older adults in their local community to develop innovative concepts and ideas for services or systems, supported by technology, to help older people stay connected to younger people, family, friends and the wider world.

Their final presentation will be to the judging panel set up as a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style at the Design Museum in London, which will select one overall winning school which will be awarded a £5,000 prize.

The idea under development by the Hope Valley pupils, Super market satnav, is a satnav that enables older adults to find goods in the supermarket. It encourages older adults to get out and about.

The Keeping Connected Design Challenge is part of a two-year, £2 million programme called Independence Matters: Design & Technology Improving Quality of Life from the Technology Strategy Board and the Design Council, which aims to develop innovative new technology enabled , services and systems to help older people live independent and fulfilling lives.