Stop Solve for Tomorrow in Bielsk Podlaski. Let’s see what happens with the winners of the program – Samsung Newsroom India

Even before the announcement of the 2nd edition of the Solve for Tomorrow program, Samsung launched an initiative to meet the finalists of the pilot edition. As part of the “Przystanek Solve for Tomorrow” campaign, final teams from all over Poland have the opportunity to present their innovative projects to the local community. The second stop on this route was the I Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Tadeusz Kościuszko in Bielsk Podlaski. The team of this school presented the project “Pathfinders. A safe return home at any time”, which won the main prize and deserved to be called the winners of the first Polish edition of the program.

Solve for Tomorrow is Samsung’s global educational program for high school and undergraduate students. The program came to Poland for the first time, giving this group a unique space to learn, exchange ideas, and design and implement solutions to local problems. Through SFT, young people can tackle the greatest challenges of the 21st century, focusing on three areas: health, safety and climate.

A team of students from the 1st Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Tadeusz Kościuszko in Bielsk Podlaski. By decision of the jury, their idea was qualified for the semi-finals. In the next step, the group received mentoring support from Solve for Tomorrow ambassadors and started working on an in-depth analysis of the problem. The summary of several months of work with the design thinking method was a video in which the team showed the creative process and the results obtained at this stage. Thus, from the application to the final, the students of Bielsk Podlaski have come a long way, acquiring a number of new skills during it – cooperation, communication, critical thinking and the development of creativity, and therefore the qualifications needed in the labor market.

I am proud of the victory of our young people in the Solve for Tomorrow program. I am happy that we have such talented and creative young people, open to new challenges. Participation in this program allowed them to learn about new computer methods and technologies, while the school was promoted on the national forum – said Marzena Pogorzelska-Ciołek, director of the 1st high school for them. Tadeusz Kościuszko in Bielsk Podlaski.

Return home safely at any time

When emotions subsided after the final, the team consisting of: Tymoteusz Pawlik, Julia Niewińska, Julia Górska and Aleksandra Żarska, under the supervision of teacher Małgorzata Olszewska, had the opportunity to talk about their work on the project from the very beginning. During one of the brainstorming sessions, the students wondered what issue directly affected them – young people. Right after meeting their friend, she was coming home alone and she felt uncomfortable. She asked to speak to him until she was in a safe place. After this incident, the idea of ​​the application immediately germinated in their head. To pin down the problem more precisely, they conducted a survey of students at their school and interviews with educators, psychologists and emergency services. After a thorough analysis, they started to act.

What does the app prototype look like? The heart is a map with marked areas to inform the user about the level of security at a given location. The map is constantly updated, acting on the reports of others. After determining his location and destination, the user is given a choice of two routes – the safer one and the one with a higher degree of risk. Then, on leaving, he chooses his guards from the list of contacts, who will be informed of the progress of our trip. Using sensors, the app reads information and, using AI technology, detects our unnatural behavior. Based on this, it sends alerts to the user and allows calling emergency services in case of emergency.

We are happy to be able to visit the finalists in their schools and continue the mission of the program through the “Przystanek Solve for Tomorrow” action. These are inspiring meetings where we present the ideas of the teams in front of the local community, as they largely relate to the problems of a given city or region. – said Magdalena Olborska, CSR Manager at Samsung Electronics Polska.

“Przystanek Solve for Tomorrow” is also a unique event because it is an opportunity to participate in design thinking workshops. For the other students of the school, it is a great opportunity to learn more about this form of project work and to deepen their knowledge of what the SFT program is all about. Design Thinking allowed Samsung participants to scrutinize their ideas. This method consists of several steps and is above all based on empathy towards the people you are designing for. According to her, the user is the most important and it is crucial to know their needs, problems and dreams. According to design thinking, there is no problem that cannot be solved together. Also extremely important here is learning from mistakes and appreciating the educational value of failure.

The next edition of Solve for Tomorrow starts in September this year. Details will soon be available at: https://solvefortomorrow.pl/

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