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Bristol Students Win TCS Tech Challenge

on April 15, 2015

Bristol students win tech competition to support young people around their drug use and engage people into BDP services.


The TCS Tech Challenge saw students from five UK universities consider how they can use the power of technology to address pressing needs that local charities are facing. From each University, the four or five best student proposals were invited to form a team that worked closely with their local charity for two months to implement a solution. Bristol's team worked closely to develop the design and functionality for a web app that could allow people to manage their drug use, whilst providing further communication with Bdp.

Bdp’s Justin Hoggans described the project as a "learning curve" for everyone involved – the students gaining new insights into the complexity of drug use and for Bdp, a reality check on what was technically possible. "It felt like a real partnership and the team really listened, putting users at the centre of their solution," he said.



The final event took place in the London offices of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in April, where each of the five University teams attended, alongside representatives from their local charity. Full list of Universities and charities were:

  • University of Bristol - Bristol Drugs Project
  • University of Liverpool - Merseyside Refugee & Asylum Seekers Pre & Post Natal Support Group (MRANG)
  • University of Edinburgh - Firsthand Lothian
  • University of Warwick - Coventry and Warwickshire YMCA
  • University College London - Missing People

Each team presented their project to a panel of five industry experts, followed by a short reflection from their charity partner on the past two month’s work together. After consideration, Bristol were declared winners and each of the four students were awarded with a one month internship with TCS.

Rhys Pearce, of University of Bristol Careers Service, attended the event in London to provide his support and was delighted at the outcome:

Bdp have been awarded £1000 which will go towards funding and further developing the web application. They hope to work closely with the students in taking the project to the next step. Stay tuned for more information.

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