The Global ICT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC) started in 1992 by Rehabilitation International Korea (RI) and has been expanding across the Asia-Pacific Region ever since. Its purpose is to work with local and international partners to reduce the digital divide by providing increased access and investment in ICT, to help promote better IT policy and training and to create a truly inclusive world where no-one is left behind.
The UK heats for the Global IT Challenge took place 16-17 May at BT Adastral Park in Ipswich. The Challenge brought together the next generation of IT developers, coders and leaders and Prospects colleague, Jane Mortimer, from Bournemouth encouraged Jess, a Work Choice customer, to enter.
Highly motivated and keen to succeed, Jess was selected to take part and travelled with Jane, arriving in Ipswich the night before the Challenge. Despite taking four trains to get from Bournemouth to Ipswich, Jess was practising questions in preparation for the Challenge the following day. On the first morning of the Challenge Jess and Jane arrived Adastral Park, BT’s main European operations centre, which hosts almost 100 other companies on site.
During the day each participant completed four individual challenges, the first two in Word, one in Excel and one in PowerPoint. Delegates then teamed up to build a robot, including creating and displaying the user instructions.
It was an exhausting day for everyone but Jess didn’t have time to rest before dinner and a disco. Delegates hit the dancefloor with enthusiasm and Jess didn’t leave the floor all night!
During the visit all participants were given a tour of the BT showcase exhibition rooms. Each room demonstrates the pioneering technology of BT, including a house of the future, retail outlet, Lego town and hospital operating theatre.
After lunch on day two a number of awards were presented. The winners of the tasks were called up first, then came the award for the delegate who had showed the most passion for the event. The award went to Jess, who won an Acer tablet.
The four overall winners will now go onto represent the UK in the Global IT Challenge in India.