Following the first ever UK IT Challenge in May, the team of four young people are now on their way to New Dehli, India to take part in this year's Global IT Challenge (GITC).
The GITC is a competition designed to reduce the 'digital disability divide' and provide increased access and investment in ICT, to help promote IT policy and training and create a truly inclusive world where no-one is left behind. This year’s event will be taking place between 8 and 12 November and is hosted by Rehabilitation International Korea and sponsored by LG.
This is the first year the UK has been involved and our team of four is the only team from Europe. The team is made up of Emily Rautenbach from Cardiff, Jack Thomas from Wiltshire, Matthew Tonks from Staffordshire and Jon Paul Smith from Kent.
More than 150 young disabled people from over 26 countries will be competing to win a number of awards, both individual and team based. The IT challenges range from web-based exercises to movie maker, Microsoft office, scratch, to other complex IT tasks.
Now in its 7th year, the GITC plays a vital role in raising public awareness of IT and the positive effect technology can have on disabled young people’s lives, as well as the role IT has in creating a more accessible and inclusive world.
Kirsteen Kamming, Shaw Trust Marketing Manager who will be accompanying the team, said: “They are all nervous but very excited about representing the UK and Shaw Trust at such a prestigious event. I am confident that this team will do us proud!
"They performed brilliantly at the UK IT Challenge and rightfully won their places after the judges deliberated for hours and faced a difficult task in selecting the winners. They used a combination of results, observations and feedback – specifically attitude and team spirit – and scores from the challenges to select the final team. I’m excited to watch the team perform and see how well they’ll do.”
Over the course of the week we will be keeping a video diary of our team to share with the “folks back home.” Follow #canyouhandleIT to see the video diary on social media.