The Spark Challenge – a national competition brought to you by Tata Consultancy Services, in partnership with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, to identify creative solutions to a social issue impacting young people – has now closed for 2017.

The final for the challenge was held on Friday 21st April 2017, when six finalists were invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges from Tata Consultancy Services, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and partner organisations.

Each of the students showcased their video submission before providing an in depth explanation of how their solution would harness online engagement to promote greater connectedness in real life, as a means to combat the growing epidemic of loneliness amongst young people.

We are pleased to announce that our overall winner of The Spark Challenge 2017 is Sam Tumilty from the University of Liverpool with his idea FriendZone. You can see his winning idea below:

Joseph Crawford from the University of Loughborough came in as a close second with his concept, MyCircle. See more below:

Our final winning submission was from Brooke Jamieson and Ewa Grabowiecka from the University of Glasgow whose idea FriendSHIP can be seen below:

All three finalists won a range of prizes including an insight day at Tata Consultancy Services, personalised CV and interview support from HR experts and a range of technology prizes.

Big congratulations to all the students that participated in The Spark Challenge, especially our top three winners!