Project Launches 2021-22! Part 2

Last week we held our project launches at Digital Innovators HQ! Participants on the DI Skills Programme at Solihull College and University Centre were put into project teams, were joined by employers and set their challenges for the year!

The remaining project launches of the week are recapped below, including some exciting digital challenges across three very different industries.

Which employers will this year’s cohort be working with?

Vodbull is the longest running student only event in the UK and have operated in Birmingham for over 23 years, welcoming thousands of students to their events every week.

With their extensive audience in mind, Vodbull has set participants on the DI Skills Programme at Solihull College and University Centre a challenge to help maximise their resources by incorporating a digital change into the organisation.

The team were joined by Rosanna Meyer, General Manager at Vodbull, who said “I was very impressed with the whole setup and ethos. The students were great and the manner of the Digital Innovator team with them was superb.

“Any shyness was quickly forgotten with simple but effective icebreakers and important skills were mastered throughout the day without even realising. I’m excited to see the progress of the project and can’t recommend working with Digital innovators enough.”

We are thrilled that participants on the DI Skills Programme will continue working with Solihull Council. Our brilliant project team will continue collaborating with the council on a number of projects, such as developing virtual reality concepts for The Core Theatre.

The team has been tasked with creating a Virtual Courtyard Gallery and a Virtual Heritage Gallery to attempt to replicate the experience of visiting a gallery, as well as offering enhanced experiences that a virtual platform will allow.

We were joined by Arts Programme Manager Lawrence Smith and Library Specialist: Heritage & Local Studies Tracey Williams from the Customer and Cultural Services team at Solihull Council. 

Tracey said: “The launch day was energising. We are excited to see how the students’ technical knowledge and fresh approach will create an innovative and immersive online experience for virtual gallery visitors all over the world.”

Following the success of previous projects, students on the DI Skills Programme will continue to work with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The team at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust have set their project team the challenge of creating an interactive map to help new starters with navigating the site.

At the launch, the project team was joined by Jane Chadwick and Sarah Sutherland who introduced the challenge and assisted in the design thinking session.

Jane Chadwick, Lead Educator at UHB said: “We are looking forward to working with the students from Digital Innovators on a solution to assist our new starters find their way around our sites.”

What did the students think of the project launches? Let’s hear from them…

“I love the project and can’t wait to get started.”

“I really enjoyed the project launch, it felt very professional.”

“It was a great experience to sit down with the employers and delve into their projects. I’m glad that everyone got involved too.”

More to come…

That’s a round-up of all the project launches which have taken place so far. However, there are more to come!

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