Whilst on virtual work experience Yr 11 student Harry Dong from the Bishops Stortford College explored the explosive growth of Esports accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.


What is Esports?

Esports, also known as Electronic Sports, is a new-born competitive sport using video games. Esports often consists of organised events or tournaments where professional players face off in the same game individually or as teams. Even though video games have been around since the 1980s, the idea of Esports did not come along until mid-2000s. In the 21st century Esports has been gaining incredible popularity especially among teenagers and young adults through livestreaming on platforms like Twitch and YouTube. We have seen the participation of large companies and organisations; their professional teams and their sponsorships have pushed tournament prize pools and revenues to new heights. By 2010s Esports has developed into one of the largest factors in the video game industry or even the whole entertainment industry, becoming an international phenomenon.

 

The Corona pandemic will impact every industry. Whilst most have been hit negatively; there are however some that will benefit or actually be 'born' through this adversity. Therefore, Lucas Griffiths Yr11 student from Malmesbury School, Wiltshire decided to research an alternative option to the traditional Summer Holiday!  

 

To begin, what is Virtual Tourism?  

In brief, it’s a way for someone to travel somewhere with the aid of technology, all without having to take a single step. It comes in a multitude of forms, ranging from something as simple as a guided tour on YouTube, to a fully immersive state-of-the-art virtual reality setup. Virtual tourism refers to a broad spectrum of digitally augmented realities, but the most commonly used devices are computers and VR headsets.

Whilst robotic use cases have been prevalent in many industries including the military, manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare for quite some time, Sophie O'Flaherty Yr11 student from The Herts and Essex High School was curious to see what a positive and integral role they have played during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Humans are imaginative and for thousands of years have dreamt of new and exciting ways that future generations may lead their lives, and, for over a century, robots have been a big part of that vision. There are in fact more than 2.6 million robots at work in the world today most of which are used for industrial applications, such as electronics manufacture, drug production, welding and much more.

We're increasingly encountering robots in our everyday lives, with robots as well as examples of Artificial Intelligence (AI) being found almost everywhere; robots such as 'Roombas' that clean your home as well as the 'virtual assistant' (your Smartphone) that you’re probably carrying around in your pocket right now!

As you’ll read below, the Covid-19 crisis has shown us the extent to which robots can be utilised. So, while we may not be living on the moon in 2020 our robots can already do some pretty amazing things!

Safety has always been a concern with lithium ion batteries. Recent news articles published highlight a positive shift away from this technology which piqued an interest whilst on 'virtual' work experience for Patti Mussard, Yr 11 student from The Bishops Stortford College to research further.

In recent years, the primary focus of many car manufacturers has been in developing electric vehicles, powered by rechargeable batteries, as a greener alternative to fuel-powered cars. Just recently, the well-known electric vehicle company Tesla became the world’s most valuable car firm, although, some people are still hesitant about making the switch to electric, as they are concerned about how often they will have to charge and change the battery, how much time it will take, and how much it will cost them. However, with the latest developments in battery tech showing the possibility of a newer, safer, and longer lasting battery, we may be looking at the start of a new generation of electric cars.

 

Chloe Conway Yr11 student from The Herts and Essex High School chose the evocative topic of globalisation to research whilst on her virtual work experience placement. 

In the modern day, globalisation shares a hand in hand relationship with technology. From technology enabling us to easily communicate with each other, to technology processing our data faster than ever before; technology has sky rocketed globalisation in the recent decades. This somewhat complex phenomenon has led to the world now being called by many as a “global village”. To put it in perspective how far globalisation has developed, would you believe that back then, it took 1000 years for the invention of paper to travel from China to Europe? However now in a matter of seconds, a message can be sent to the other side of the world to whom you may desire, at any time of the day.

 

It is quite probable that you are reading this blog on your phone, yet more than likely that would not have been the case ten years ago! With the rate of technological change ever increasing and only accelerated further by COVID-19 Yr11 it provided student Hannah Beckett from The Bishops Stortford College the opportunity to explore what the next decade in tech will look like.  

From ‘Hover Boards’ to voice activated ‘personal assistants’ one would think that the modern age of technology is certainly in no shortage of variety. Considering the last decade of technology has borne substantial significance in combating the problems of today such as climate change which, thanks to Elon Musk and the four fellow founders of Tesla, has consequently, led to a 3.6 million ton depletion in CO2 globally. Thus, in a world where technology plays such a large role in everybody’s day to day life, it has led me to consider the part it may play over the next ten years. 

 

During Delta2020's inaugural 'virtual' work experience program Yr11 student Alex Gilkes from the Herts and Essex High School decided to research the topic of social media given the current lock-down situation which has forced a global adaptation to a 'new normal'.

In the last two decades, technology has made leaps and bounds in almost every way possible and the rise of social media platforms has been fed as we enter a new hyper-digitised age. There are 3.5 billion social media users worldwide, many of whom who interact with social media daily, yet not many people know the very real risks that come with it. 

Delta2020 has run a work experience program for almost a decade for local Schools in Bishops Stortford (click here to see previous student’s published blogs).

This year given Covid-19 we are offering a virtual work experience program w/c 6th July.

 

This will be for Year 11 students who are looking for an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills, with a focus on technology and finance.

Placements have been offered on a first come first served basis of which just four places now remain.

Date and Duration

w/c 6th July 20 (Mon-Fri 9:30am start, between 5-7hrs p/day) 

 

COVID-19 and the ensuing preventative measures has caused a rate of Economic downturn akin to the great depression. Whilst on virtual work experience with Delta 2020, Jack Thorpe Yr13 Kingston Grammar School student aimed to assess the damaging consequences of a economic shutdown on the job prospects of today's youth.


 

In the 10 weeks since the WHO’s announcement of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the ensuing safety measures taken to avoid unnecessary deaths, the UK economy has been facing one of its largest challenges to date. I believe that, while generally shielded from the virus’ symptoms, the UK’s youth, particularly those set to leave full time education, will take the lion’s share of the economic downturn in the form of high unemployment.

In UKBAA’s recently published blog I spoke about some of the trends I see in angel investing and my role as Chair of the Cambridge Angels. Some of these trends have been overtaken by the current coronavirus crisis and a few eg the digitisation of industries/sectors have been rapidly accelerated. 

 

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Here we share our annual tech themes for 2020. Whilst some of these themes are not necessarily new, we believe they will shape the future of this decade.

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