Project Launches 2021-22! Part 1

The DI Skills Programme is in full swing with students at Solihull College & University Centre and this week we invited them to Digital Innovators HQ for this year’s project launches!

Alongside their employers, the project teams were taken through an action-packed day of team-building activities and design thinking sessions to kick off the projects and delve into the challenges set by employers.


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

The Clarity Practice is an innovative consultancy focused on increasing the impact of digital technology in the UK Health & Public sector and they have set participants on the DI Skills Programme at Solihull College and University Centre a challenge!

A project team will be tackling the issue of loneliness among carers and care givers, and how best they can be connected using technology.

The team were joined by Rebecca Dawes, Consultant at The Clarity Practice and Initiative Lead for this project, who said “I super impressed with the enthusiasm, the ideas generated and the overall engagement of everyone involved. It was great to see how quickly the team were able to pick up our project brief and suggest new avenues for discussion and development.

“We look forward to working with our team of students and are excited to see where this journey will take us all.”


After the success of last year’s project, students on the DI Skills Programme will be working with Vanti – a creative technology contractor who transform buildings into smart and efficient environments where people want to work, play, and learn – on a market research project centred around smart buildings of the future.

Tom Silk, Communications Manager at Vanti joined the team for the launch, and said: “I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet the students and the team who will be working on our project. They all showed real enthusiasm for the project and some good understanding of some complex topics.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the team’s work come to fruition over the next few weeks and are excited to see what they can create.”


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

“I felt heard, everyone got a chance to talk and share their ideas.”

“I thought it would be quite ‘business-y’ but it was interactive and really fun.”

“I enjoyed the calm and professional environment, and had the chance to learn more about the employer’s company.”


More to come…

We have more project round-ups to come from this week’s launches, as well as some exciting projects which are yet to launch!

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