Sometimes it can seem impossible to get a project off the ground. A lack of finances, contacts or specialist knowledge can feel like barriers when trying to transform a raw idea into actionable steps. You might even believe that you'd first need to acquire new qualifications or training before you could move your concept forward.
That's why Samsung created Solve for Tomorrow. The competition, open to all UK participants aged 16 to 25, aims to break down those barriers and ensure that no great idea gets left behind. It was launched in the UK for the first time in December 2020, building on a decade of experience in other countries globally, and calls for app, product or service ideas that can solve issues in four key areas:
Diversity & inclusion
You don't need any specialist qualifications or experience to apply – just a great idea, a love of tech and a desire for change. If selected, you'll be able to develop your project through workshops, masterclasses and mentoring with employees from Samsung and its partner Digital Catapult, the UK's leading advanced technology innovation centre. Shortlisted teams can expect to get a valuable insight into advanced technologies such as 5G, AI and IoT and learn problem-solving and business skills along the way.
You can participate alone or as part of a group of up to five people, and the entries will be judged by Samsung, Digital Catapult and independent industry experts. The winning team will take home a £10,000 cash prize and unlock the opportunity to bring their idea to life with further support from Samsung.
“Every young person deserves access to a future-proof education – regardless of their background, gender, or experience," said Jessie Soohyun Park, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Samsung Electronics UK. "We owe them the freedom and the right to shape their future. That’s why the education initiatives we champion are not prescriptive teaching but instead nurture creativity, empathy and problem-solving.”
Solve for Tomorrow is recommended for those who enjoyed Not a School, Samsung’s free alternative educational experience for young people. Created in collaboration with unconventional mentors and experts in the UK, Not a School aims to open up conversations and encourage self-development by exploring the same four social issue themes featured in Solve for Tomorrow. If you need inspiration for your Solve for Tomorrow idea or tips for how to apply design thinking, you can still enrol in the NAS free online courses.
Solvefor Tomorrow and Not a School – and global start-up support programmes such as Samsung for Impact and Extreme Tech Challenge – are examples of Samsung's ongoing commitment to driving change through action and empowering the next generation of innovators through education.
You can find out more about Samsung’s CSR mission: 'Together for Tomorrow! Enabling People', and other initiatives in the UK by heading to its CSR programme page.
Think you've got an idea that can make a difference? Enter Solve for Tomorrow now!