Bedford ‘youngpreneur’ helps launch Coronavirus tech competition for under 21s

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A young Bedford entrepreneur has helped pull together a tech competition to help young people fight the impact of coronavirus which will be judged by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

20-year-old Harry Beard got together with two ‘eFriends’ via Instagram after discussing how best to help young people feel useful in such uncertain times.

“Coronavirus will prove to be one of the most difficult times in our entire lives. A time where many of us have had nothing but negative experiences,” said Harry.

“Young people have missed out on so much time with friends and schooling and even now we don’t know when things will be ‘normal’ again.”

Harry has now joined forces with other ‘youngpreneurs’ and digital natives Alexandre Daillance (23) based in Paris and Adam Flanagan (18) from Belfast.

The trio, alongside a group of fellow students, have created Prospect 100 to create a number of challenges for young people.

These initiatives are designed to combat the lack of activity in lockdown, as well as motivate young people to keep pursuing their passions.

In true lockdown fashion, and despite some of them never meeting in real life, the three have are focussed on giving confidence and opportunities to young people from all across the world.

Steve Wozniak
Tech-legend and electronic engineer Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, will be the competitions lead judge

The latest competition, Global Tech, will give entrants the chance to work online in groups, with people they may not have met before to solve real world problems.

The winners will then have the chance to work alongside one of the world’s biggest charities, Humane Society International, on a global project of theirs.

Prospect 100 has previously been endorsed on social media by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones and Dan Rothman of London Grammar for a Global Music competition earlier this year.

Now, their Tech Competition has hit the ground running and attracted the attention of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who has agreed to become the lead judge.

Other judges on the panel include: Maaria Bajwa of Sound Ventures, former Tech Minister Margot James, Joanna Carson of Women in Tech, Oussama Ammar of theFamily and TikTok star & Researcher for Accenture, Max Klymenko.

“What’s really unique about the tech competition is this chance to work on a global project with a massive charity,” added Harry.

“Not only will the charity be funding some of the ideas so they can come to life, but imagine being able to put on your CV or university personal statement that you have already worked on a successful global project, and your work was endorsed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.”

If you want to take part in the Global Tech Competition or keep up to date with future initiatives, head to ​www.prospect100.com or follow @prospectonehundred on Instagram.

The competition is open to anyone under the age of 21. Registration closes on 28 July 2020, with the challenge starting the next day. Winners will be announced on 8 August.

Competitions later in the year will be in: tech, design and engineering, all for those aged 21 and under.

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