‘Solutions for the Planet’ is a pretty dramatic name for a conference but when I realised this was for 500 teenagers in Yorkshire I thought it could prove quite interesting.
The teenagers were poised the question, “Which single thing, if we did it consistently and well, would have the biggest impact on our society, economy and the environment?”, and then set into groups at the Saviles Conference Centre in Leeds. NHS LifeCheck were there promoting their online tools using a mobile solution we created for them.
In the afternoon two Leeds ‘Rhinos’ rugby league players come and promote the event. Danny Buderus and Ben Jones-Bishop were greeted by excited fans and the two stars helped hand out awards to last year’s winners:
The Minister of State at the Department of Work and Pensions (Rosie Winterton ), and a Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber also attended.
Hillary Benn, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and MP for the West Yorkshire constituency of Leeds Central, also made an appearance and rounded off the day.
Overall, the event was very well received and everything was still standing after 500 enthusiastic teenagers, 2 rugby players and 2 MPs had used and learnt about the tool on offer.
The competition continues and will be whittled down to a final before a winning team is announced.