The Med-Tech Challenge is a ground-breaking technology competition inviting 200 secondary schools from across Northern France and Southern England to design a medical technology invention that they believe could improve the life of someone suffering from a medical condition.
About the project
The Med-Tech Challenge is a ground-breaking technology competition inviting
200 secondary schools from across Northern France and Southern England to design a medical technology invention that they believe could improve the life of someone suffering from a medical condition.
Teams of 11-15 years-old pupils are invited to compete in regional heats and pitch their ideas to a ‘Dragons Den’ style panel of business leaders, innovators, local politicians and Med-Tech professionals.
The competition will culminate in an exciting grand final where one winner will be chosen and receive
the honour of seeing a prototype of their concept developed by HexTransforma Healthcare and partners.
Ignite your competitive spirit in a fun and exciting project!
• Deliver Gatsby Benchmarks 4 and 5
• Generate employment aspiration and ambition in young people
• Broaden perspective of the broad range of career opportunities in the Med-Tech field
• Establish connections between local enterprises and schools
• Improve social mobility in deprived communities
• Encourage international cooperation
• Present one lucky winner with an exclusive opportunity to see their idea come to life
Heat 1 focuses on the conceptualisation of a Med-Tech innovation. The teams will learn to identify a market need and discover the characteristics of the need using listening, interview and empathy skills. They will learn the art of brainstorming to generate ideas, drawing on creativity, teamwork and critical evaluation skills.
Heat 2 will focus on the product branding process. Teams will learn to analyse the competition and draw on creative skills to create a name and visual identity for their product.
Heat 3 teams will learn and put into practice the design and specification phases of the product development life cycle. They will develop the features, user experience and aesthetics to create their final design.
Dedicated mentors will be allocated to each team to help inspire and guide them through the tasks
of the competition. The mentors will be selected from local and national enterprises, harnessing skills
in business, marketing and product design to support the teams and optimise the quality of the
submissions for each heat. We will be pairing mentors with teams based on shared interests and
relevant experience to help the teams reach the grand final.
Judges will be invited to score and assess the student project in 3 Heats and the Grand Final.
The judging panels will be made up of local MP’s, influencers and key industry players.
How much time will teams need to allocate
to the competition?
Approximately 18 hrs for the whole competition broken down into:
Heat 1 – 7hrs | Heat 2 – 6hrs | Heat 3 – 5hrs