Sunday, 30 June 2013

Pupils invited to win 10 years free internet connectivity for their schools – plus other top tech prizes!

Exa Networks, the specialist education and business internet service provider, is marking its 10th year in business by launching a competition for UK pupils  to win a total of 10 years free internet connectivity for their schools, plus iPads and other digital favourites for themselves.

The internet connectivity prize includes Exa’s SurfProtect which filters out unsuitable internet content to make web-searching safer for children.   

Mark Cowgill, Co-Founder & Director of Yorkshire-based Exa Networks, said: “The competition is a way to celebrate reaching the milestone of a decade of proudly supplying schools and colleges with high quality, content-filtered internet services.   We hope it’ll catch the imaginations of school pupils across the UK and inspire them to get creative and help us celebrate our 10th Birthday.”
The competition is open to any child, aged between 5 and 18, currently in full-time education at a school or college in the UK.  In addition, the top three entrants will also win prizes for themselves.

  • First prize is five years free internet for the winning entrant’s school plus an individual prize of a PS4, an Xbox ONE, an iPad or a Nexus 10.

  • Second prize is three years of free internet for the entrant’s school plus an iPad Mini for the entrant.

  • Third prize is two years free internet for the entrant’s school plus an iPod touch.

The winning schools can choose from Exa Networks’ connectivity services which cover the full range of options available in the UK: from Broadband and Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) to multi gigabit leased lines.
To enter, pupils need to create a story, picture, PowerPoint, video or cartoon about either of the following:

  • What I think about the internet 
  • The world in the next ten years

Or pupils can submit an entry about a topic of their own choice; it could tie into a school project.

Entries should be submitted before 25th October 2013 to Exa Networks, 27-29 Mill Field Road, Cottingley Business Park, Bingley, BD16 1PY or electronically.  Full details of how to do this are on the website  The winners will be announced on Exa’s birthday on the 31st October.

Exa Networks, which is based in Cottingley near Bradford, was founded in 2003 by Mark Cowgill, Thomas Mangin and Michael Syree to provide specialist IT connectivity, networking and software for the education sector and businesses.  Exa Networks has also pioneered technology to ensure school children can browse the web in safety with access restricted to some sites to ensure that unsuitable content is filtered out.

Full details, terms and conditions of the competition can be found at

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