What is the Care Innovation Challenge?

A source of new ideas for the care sector

The Care Innovation Challenge is a competition to kick start new ideas and solutions for the care sector through inviting students from a range of disciplines to think broadly on ways to create positive change. The Care Innovation Challenge is open to everyone

A creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling

We're inviting applications from teams of students to attend a 'hackathon' style weekend in London. This weekend will involve taking on some of the biggest challenges facing the care sector. 

Who can apply?

Students (undergrad, postgrad) and graduates who are 1 year post-graduation may apply. We are also open to any other individuals with an idea for the care sector to apply as a team. We recommend applying as multi-disciplined teams to include a range of skills sets and perspectives. A team must include 2-3 people, ideally from the same academic institution (but we are accepting individual person applications who will be formed in to teams). This competition is open to students from all faculties and disciplines and your team does not need to be focused on technology. 

Starting with 12 teams the weekend will end with teams presenting their projects to a judging panel of industry experts. 5 teams with the highest quality ideas will be selected to go through to the next round of the Care Innovation Challenge. Each project will be awarded a £500 project fund, £100 personal prize for each member of the team and a experienced mentor.  


Team Application Deadline

Friday 2nd February, 2018

You must have submitted the application for your team which includes all team members


Announcement of Team Invitations

Monday 5th February, 2018

We will announce the twelve teams invited to take part in the Care Innovation Challenge 


Pre- challenge Webinar

Monday 12th February 2018, 7:00pm

All teams invited to the challenge must join in the webinar to where the care sector problems and challenges they can select to tackle will be announced

Testimonials from Care Sector Experts

Vic Rayner

Executive Director, National Care Forum (NCF)

 “Person centred services are at the heart of adult social care. This means that each and every provider and member of staff are working to identify bespoke solutions and services that are tailored to individuals needs. In order to do this effectively there is a constant demand for new ideas and innovations which will have a real impact and change lives. The social care sector is changing, and there is a great appetite to embrace the latest thinking"

Ben Allen

Chief Executive, Oomph! Wellness

 “The care sector will be responsible for the health, wellbeing and quality of life of an increasing number of older adults in the decades ahead. In order to undertake this challenge we need great ideas and innovation from dynamic and driven people who build mission-led organisations that create positive change"

Professor Martin Green OBE

 Chief Executive, Care England

“The future of care services will be dependent on the innovation and creativity that the sector shows in the coming years. If we are to have a sector that is truly fit for purpose in the 21st-century, we will need to embrace innovation and technology, and to think creatively about how we remain relevant and respond to the needs and aspirations of 21st-century citizens”