Develop your skills to solve social problems with technical solutions.
- Make a difference – Engage with social and environmental issues affecting Greater Manchester and make a positive contribution to solving them
- Learn from the experts – gain insight from industry specialists to boost your confidence in creating technical solutions
- Work as a team – work with students from across different degree subjects to draw on your joint talents. No technological expertise is required.
- Awards – gain external recognition in the form of a Bronze iDEA Award
- Commitment – Groups take place 10am-3pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, or Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the third term, and on Friday 29th May and Friday 19th June.
Do you want to be able to solve an urgent climate or wellbeing problem? Work across degree disciplines to respond with technological solutions to some of Greater Manchester’s key social priorities and challenges.
This Third Term activity will expose you to a range of social issues. With the support of external stakeholders from Manchester, you will solve these challenges in creative ways and pitch your response. You will also be introduced to a range of different technological platforms, including physical computing, augmented and virtual realities, and app creation. You will not be expected to produce polished final products, but you will be able to create rough-and-ready prototypes, and pitch your ideas to an expert panel:
- Engage with external partner briefs and pitch your response
- Undertake collaborative project work with a team of peers
- Complete online digital badges to support you in the development of key competencies and skills
During the application process, you will be asked if you have a preference in group allocation. There is no difference between the groups other than the days that sessions run (all between the 26th May and 19th June, and all between 10am and 3pm)
- Group A: Mondays and Tuesdays
- Group B: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
In addition, all students are required to attend on Friday 29th May and Friday 19th June. There are also optional spaces to continue to experiment with technologies on each of the other Fridays, and throughout the final week.