Design for Services students win Young Innovators Challenge


Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 15.14.44A team from Design for Services are amongst the winners of this year’s Young Innovators Challenge organised by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE), the body which encourages students across Scotland to start their own businesses.

Current students, Moyra Gill, Keerthana Jayagopal and Jenni Inglis’s idea: Wellderly – a way of bringing older people’s knowledge to bear on health and social care issues through ‘social studios’ will be further developed in a social innovation bootcamp organised by SIE this summer. The team’s multidisciplinary expertise:  Moyra works in out of hours healthcare, Jenni runs her own social enterprise company and Keerthana has several years experience working in business in India has been brought together under the umbrella of service design, to develop a service which could have a real impact on tackling health and social care needs around an ageing population. The team have worked with IRISS, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services throughout the year which has enabled them to undertake research and understand the policy landscape, giving them a broad understanding of the people and issues involved.

SIE describe the process:

The Young Innovators Challenge 2014 focused on social innovation to help address issues which affect our communities and entries were welcomed in three categories; health and wellbeing, green and sustainable energy, smarter communities and infrastructure.

The competition was open to anyone in Scotland over the age of 18 and studying at college, university or an apprenticeship programme.

This year’s competition attracted more than 300 entries, half of which were shortlisted and put before the expert judging panel of; Tony Banks, chief executive of Balhousie Care Group, Josh Littlejohn, organiser of the Scottish Business Awards and creator of the Social Bite, and Susan Aktemel, Director of Homes for Good (Scotland).

The 151 shortlisted entrants were then asked to compile short videos for the judging panel to explain their ideas in greater detail.

Tony Banks, speaking for the judges, said: “The standard of entries was inspirationally strong.  As a group of judges we felt it truly uplifting to see Scotland’s young people not only identify real social issues, but to also bring potential solutions to those problems. “

The 33 winning teams and individuals will now attend an exclusive residential Bootcamp and workshops to develop their ideas further.