Against the backdrop of record youth unemployment figures, earlier this month the RSA along with Google and a number of other partners launched an 'Interactivism' challenge for young people. Through this challenge we're asking participants to put forward their suggestions for how technology and the web can be used to help young people find the employment, education or training opportunities that are right for them. This could be anything from a website which directs young people to the job vacancies that suit their interests and skill sets, to a smartphone app which allows them to be in contact with mentors on the go.
Whether you’re a practitioner, a social entrepreneur, a teacher or simply somebody with an interest in helping young people, we’d like to hear about your ideas. And of course, if you’re a young person yourself we’re eager to know how you would use technology to realise your own ambitions.
The competition will be open until the 25th January, after which we’ll be shortlisting the best ideas and inviting those behind them to a ‘Hackathon’ weekend in February. Here people will be paired with Google software engineers to turn their ideas into workable software prototypes, with the winning team being awarded a set of Google Chromebooks for their efforts.
So if you think you have a worthwhile idea, even if it’s still fairly undeveloped, please visit our Interactivism page here and post your suggestion. And of course, do spread the news to your friends and colleagues if you think they’ll have their own ideas.