Entries are flooding in to a competition to come up with innovative technology-based ideas to improve local communities.

Kent Connects, a public sector technology partnership which links all of the county’s councils with the emergency services and NHS, is offering £9,000 in prizes for the best ideas and prototypes to a range of challenges.

Ideas are invited for the following categories:

• Helping people to help each other
• Helping people keep fit and stay healthy
• Getting people involved in arts and culture.

Ideas that have already been submitted include smartphone apps to calculate life expectancy, report anti-social behaviour and a website for bartering services.
Last year’s winners included Magnifeye – which helps young people use their social networks to tackle cyber bullying – and a Sunshine Bank which provides incentives for people to get involved in community action in exchange for rewards.

Kent Connects’ Carol Patrick, Head of ICT Partnerships, said: “We had some fantastic entries last year but hope that this year will yield even more.

“This competition helps local people, groups, businesses and schools come up with ideas which may be become reality. Technology really does make the world go round and apps are dominating the current entries.”

Kent Connects is also looking for prototypes which can put the ideas entered in the Transformed by you competition into practice.

The competition is running from now until 23 November. Closing date for ideas is 11 October, then entrepreneurs and designers will look at the entries and determine how they can be made to work.

An innovation day, when entrepreneurs and designers will gather to design prototypes to the ideas, will take place in the Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells on 23 November. They will compete to win the best prototype on each of the challenges.

Check out ideas that have already been submitted on the Transformed by you website (www.simpl.co/challenges/31-transformed-by-you).

For more information about the Transformed by you competition or to submit an idea, visit the website or email innovation@kent.gov.uk

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