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The UK IT Challenge

The UK IT Challenge for Disabled Young People

Can you handle “IT”?

Hosted by Shaw Trust and supported by BT, nominations are now open for the UK IT Challenge for Disabled Young People (opens in new tab or window). The UKITC presents a new opportunity for 13 to 24 year olds to enhance their skills and achieve their personal best. 

The UK IT Challenge is a 2 day event where teams of disabled young people from all across the United Kingdom will compete in a variety of IT challenges to test ability, creativity and skill, using different computer programmes. Challenges range from designing a poster in PowerPoint to retrieving specific information from the internet to showing off your ability with Excel.

Aaron Phipps, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team member at the London 2012 Paralympics and the first British person with a disability to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, will be a special guest at the UK IT Challenge. Aaron has achieved many great things for both the charities he has fundraised for and himself. He will be delivering a speech to inspire, empower and motivate the young and talented individuals in attendance.


Nominate someone for the UK IT Challenge by clicking here or on the image below (opens in new tab or window)

Nominate for UK IT Challenge

There will be individual competitions as well as team events.  Teams of 4 members will be put together by the Shaw Trust on the first day of the event.
 
The winning participants from each category will represent the United Kingdom at the Global IT Challenge (GITC) for young people with disabilities in October 2018, where they will compete against teams from other countries.  For more information viist the Global IT Challenge website (opens in new tab or window).
 
Other awards will go to the Best Team and there will be special awards for Super Challenger and a Passionate Award.
 

Do you think you can handle “IT”?

If so, apply today to be part of the UK IT Challenge for Disabled Young People.

What:
The UK IT Challenge for Disabled Young People
When: 16th to 17th May 2018  
Where:  BT Adastral Park, Barrack Square, Martlesham, Ipswich IP5 3RE  
http://atadastral.co.uk (opens in new tab or window)
 

Eligibility criteria

The person nominated must have one or more of the following impairments: Visual, Hearing, Developmental, Physical or other.

They must be aged between 13-24 years

They must have an enthusiasm for IT and basic IT skills

Must be available and able to travel to Asia (for the GITC) in October 2018 – all reasonable expenses will be covered by Shaw Trust.

If you think you can handle “IT”, apply for the UK IT Challenge today (form opens in new tab or window)
 

The Agenda

 
Day 1  Competition Day


Competition*, team-building, challenges and a whole lot of fun.
 
Individual competitions*

The E-tool Challenge:  Microsoft office suite skills including Excel, PowerPoint, Word
The E-Life Map Challenge: Web browsing and information retrieval
 
Team competitions*

E-design challenge: Design a poster using PowerPoint
 
Evening event
 
* Competition rules and regulations will be adjusted according to the individual category.
 

Day 2 We HEART “IT”!

Guided tour around BT’s Adastral Park (atadastral.co.uk)

A tour of where world leading innovation in IT is happening, right now! From pioneering work in optical technologies to digital switching, through to advancements in software engineering, BT is globally recognised as today’s gateway to a world of possibilities.
 
Award ceremony
 
Next stop, the Global IT Challenge in Asia!

About the Global IT Challenge for Disabled Young People- visit the Global IT Challenge website (opens in new tab or window)

 
Please note:
 
Travel costs


Reasonable travel costs up to £100 (per individual) will be reimbursed by Shaw Trust. These include:

Rail Travel

Rail travel should be Standard class
Advantage must be taken of any cheap day or reduced fares where available
Reservation charges reasonably incurred will be reimbursed
First class travel must be pre-authorised by Shaw Trust

Car Travel

Mileage allowance up to 0.45 per mile maximum
 
Taxi Travel


Only where strictly necessary and it is cost effective to do so – this must be pre-authorised by Shaw Trust
 
NB:
Tickets and receipts for all travel must be retained. 
 

Hotel accommodation

Will be organised and funded by Shaw Trust.
 
Please contact Ricky.Marino@shaw-trust.org.uk if you have any questions pertaining to expenses and out of pocket expenses.


UKITC website terms of use 

GITC Website Disclaimer Please read the UKITC website terms of use (PDF, 43KB, download in new tab or window).
 

Website disclaimer

GITC Website Disclaimer Please read the GITC website disclaimer (PDF 54.9KB, download in new tab or window).
 
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