Innovation Sessions

Sponsors, companies and universities offer Innovation sessions which provide insight into their industry and inspiration and support for the TeenTech Awards.

They are all very different but will provide help and support for student projects together with an inspiring opportunity to experience an aspect of the company or university facility.

The BBC, GSK, Accenture, Rolls Royce, Coventry University, Atkins, National Rail Academy- Gateshead, TFL, London Zoo and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital -Stanmore are just some of the organisations who have opened their doors to TeenTech students.

The sessions are a unique opportunity to gain insight into world class organisations and the opportunities that lie within them.



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GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that is highly innovative and enthusiastic about inspiring, educating, recruiting and developing the next generation of talent.

They will run an innovation day at their Brentford HQ – details as follows:

Date: Wednesday 27thFebruary
Timings: 9:45am – 3:00pm
Location: GSK House, 980 Great West Road, Brentford TW8 9GS
Lunch: Will be provided

This day will provide an opportunity to look inside the workplace of this global organisation who are sponsoring our Health Category for the TeenTech Awards.

During the day you will see Research and Development in Consumer Healthcare come to life, take part in activities around smart medicines and have a tour of the Innovative Sensory Laboratory.  In addition to an insight into different careers within GSK.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.



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FDM Group is passionate about creating and inspiring exciting careers that shape the digital future. They are a professional services provider with a focus on IT, they have created a vibrant culture where ideas can flourish, talent is nurtured, and achievements are recognised and rewarded. They sponsor the Digital Skills category of the TeenTech Awards.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about what FDM Group do, get valuable feedback on your TeenTech ideas, take part in hands-on activities and learn about presentation skills for the future workplace.

Date: Thursday 7th March
Timings: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: FDM Group, Cottons Centre, Cottons Lane, London Bridge SE1 2QG
Lunch: Will be provided

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


TUESDAY 12th March : INFORMATION LITERACY,  Manchester University Library.

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The Information Literacy Group encourages debate and good practice in effective research and literacy. The ILG Group work with TeenTech as sponsor for the ‘Research and Information Literacy Award’

Why do this? Good research skills will benefit all students in all aspects of their studies, not just as part of the TeenTech awards.

This Innovation day is aimed at supporting students by demonstrating how to refine focus and undertake productive research. We will offer basic insight into data collection techniques and show students the best ways to record progress and evidence research

We will then show how to apply these newly learnt skills in developing ideas for any of the awards categories.

Date:               Tuesday 12th March
Timings:          10:00am – 2:00pm
Location:         Manchester TBC
Lunch:              Will be provided

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.



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9:45am – 2:30pm
Years –     9-13 students

Aims of the day: Rolls-Royce are keen to work with a diverse range of young people to highlight career pathways and help promote the ‘in demand’ skills required to succeed in the workplace. Students will be invited from schools/colleges in the region and all materials and activities for the day will be provided by Rolls-Royce. Many see Rolls-Royce as an ‘engineering’ company but the day will highlight the importance of digital across all areas of an organisation and highlight how innovation is used in modern industry.

Students will participate in lively workshops alongside Rolls-Royce apprentices and graduates and will understand more about the personal qualities valued by employers. Students will see how creativity, bold thinking, collaboration, teamwork, communication and tenacity are highly valued. It’s a great opportunity for students and teachers to extend their network and understanding of the fast changing modern workplace.

Students who attend the day will also have the opportunity to consider participating in the TeenTech Award scheme where they can access further mentoring support from Rolls Royce.

This lively, inspiring day with hands on workshops will introduce students to different tech and digital careers across Rolls-Royce and their partners.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • experiment with some of the very latest technology from haptics to immersive technology.
  • learn about the different career pathways into Rolls-Royce and other technology  and engineering organisations- at both apprenticeship and graduate entry points
  • understand the skills & core qualities needed
  • work alongside Rolls-Royce staff on a ‘challenge’
  • tour Rolls -Royce to see how tech is used and meet people working in different areas.

Students will have their eyes opened to the opportunities available to them and understand what they need to do to succeed in these areas.


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The Rail Academy, run by Newcastle College, was opened five years ago to address a national skills gap by offering state-of-the-art training for the rail engineers of the future. Their facilities offer students unprecedented access to real equipment used every day on Britain’s extensive rail network.

This Innovation Day has been designed so that students can brainstorm ideas to transform the experience of rail – from the perspective of passenger, train staff and operator. They will work alongside industry experts to develop their ideas which can then be submitted into the TeenTech AwardsTransport category.

The session will also offer students a unique opportunity to take part in hands on activities in the rail workshop – on their indoor train tracks! And a tour of the whole Rail Academy, to inspire them to consider how to make rail journeys better, simpler, safer or more enjoyable for both passengers and staff!

When: Tuesday 12th February
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Newcastle College Rail Academy, William Street, Felling,Gateshead NE10 OJP
Directions: How to find us
Lunch: Will be provided

There are limited spaces at this session and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.