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Ultra-Fast Connectivity Key for Entrepreneurial Students

Five Year 13 students were victorious in the regional heats of Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Challenge.

Their brief, based on one of Deloitte’s predictions for 2017, was to design a service that people would want and be prepared to pay for that requires a much higher speed of connectivity. After a brain storming session the students came up with the idea that they wanted to provide a mobile bus with technology to live stream lessons from the UK to remote areas in Africa. High connectivity would allow for media synchronisation e.g. video conferencing with no time delays or buffering. Their idea is to educate 11-14 year old students in literacy, numeracy and ICT skills and this would then enable them to move on in the ever changing technological world. Mr Petty and Mr Fadil, from Deloitte, mentored the students throughout the project and offered them critical advice whilst they prepared their presentation.

On Tuesday 7th February 2017, the students visited the Deloitte Offices in Manchester. It was from here they presented their idea via video conferencing to a panel of judges in London and to the other team competing from a school in Liverpool. After the presentation the students were then intensely questioned by the judges. In their feedback the judges complimented the students on their thorough research; how confidently they answered the technical questions and commented that their passion for the project shone through.

Mrs Lomax, Head of Whalley Range Sixth Form, said:

I am exceptionally proud of the students and how professionally they handled themselves under pressure.

They will now refine their project after taking on board the advice from the judges and prepare to present it in the final to be held at the Deloitte Offices in London on 20th March 2017. We wish them all the best and hope they return victorious.