Xirrus unveils ‘Art of Wifi’ competition for UK schools

Wireless supplier Xirrus has launched a digital art, animation and coding competition for UK school students.

Wireless networking supplier Xirrus has launched its “Art-of-Wi-Fi” competition, aimed at UK school students.

The competition is designed to develop students’ digital art, animation and coding skills. Students are invited to submit digital designs with a chance to win £10,000. Entries should be based on the themes of ‘How Technology Helps Me Learn’ or ‘The Future Classroom.’ Art and animations should be created using smartphones, tablets and computers powdered by wireless networks and entries should be uploaded to the competition’s microsite.

Winners will be announced at an awards evening to be held at the Saatchi Gallery in London in October 2013, where the winning pieces will be displayed.

Shane Buckley, CEO of Xirrus said: “Technology has the power to unleash a new wave of creativity and learning in the school environment.  Wireless technology can expand your horizon, whether you’re a teacher, a pupil, a business, a school, or anyone that wants to get online and be connected.

“We hope that by showcasing the best of art and technology combined, we can send a message to the UK, and beyond, that great connections can enable great achievements.”

On the judging panel

Those on the judging panel include former secretary of state for education and skills, Estelle Morris, who is a patron of the e-Learning Foundation, film producer and CoderDojo ambassador Lord David Puttnam and Stephen Heppell, professor of new media environments at Bournemouth University. Other supporters of the competition include Xirrus Platinum Reseller Partner Academia in addition to Autodesk and CoderDojo.  

From the judging panel Morris said: "We all know technology is an important part of teaching and education, but the most exciting thing about it is when we see technology working seamlessly with teachers' and pupils' creativity.

“There are some amazing talents waiting to be discovered through the Art-of-Wi-Fi and I can't wait to see the entries starting to come in,"  

"No one really knows how good our children can be, but when we surprise them with great challenges, they astonish us right back with their ingenuity. This is such an exciting competition," explained Heppell also from the judging panel.

Schools can start by signing up for the competition and getting a login for their school.

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