The 2010 winners of The Bosch Technology Horizons Award have been announced at a prestigious event held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

The Bosch Technology Horizons Award is an essay writing competition that is open to all young people aged 14 to 24. Now in its fifth year, the competition aims to raise the profile of engineering and technology amongst young people, and entries are increasing year on year.

Entrants were asked to write a short essay in answer to the following question:

‘Are engineering and technology essential for future development?’

Speaking about this year’s competition, President of Bosch in the UK, Peter Fouquet said:

“The Bosch Technology Horizons Award inspires young people to think about the influence they could have on engineering and technology and we in turn are also inspired, by the content of the essays that are produced. Engineering and Technology play such a vital role in our world today, not least for the part they can play in protecting our environment and the people who live in it.”

Winning the top prize of £700 for the 14-18 year-old age group, Caitlin Willis, from Chelmer Valley High School in Essex said:

“It feels amazing to have won and I would definitely recommend the competition to other students. I never really realised before the big part that engineering plays in our everyday lives. But now after researching it, it has made me think about how different life would be without it and it has also made me think about a job in engineering”.

Taking the first place prize of £1,000 for the 19-24 year-old age group, Thomas Dean, from Loughborough University said:

“The competition has made me seriously consider the role engineering has to play in the future, and I believe that the role is a vital one for the human race. The basic technology required to sustain the population and the planet for the future already exists today. It is the challenge for engineers to ensure that it is accessible to all and applied efficiently, providing the greatest benefit to civilization”.

The runner up from the 14 to 18 year category received £350 and five ’highly commended’ finalists were awarded £150 each. The runner up of the second age group of 19 to 24 year olds received £500 and the five highly commended finalists of that category received £250.

The Bosch Technology Horizons Award is supported by The Royal Academy of Engineering, an institution that brings together the country’s most eminent engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering.

Speaking about the 2010 competition Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering Philip Greenish said:

“This is an inspiring and thought-provoking competition, and we were delighted to recognize the two winners at our recent Awards evening at Guildhall - where the contribution to engineering made by young people is particularly emphasised.“

Hosting the award presentation was President of Young Engineers and former TV presenter, Kate Bellingham. Also present were Andrew Castle, Vice President Finance and Administration for Bosch, and members of the judging panel, including last year’s winner of the 19-24 age group, Gavin Harper, Chief Executive of Engineers without Borders, Andrew Lamb, Editor of SecEd, Pete Henshaw, Communications Manager (Education Programmes) for the Royal Academy of Engineering, Claire McLoughlin, and Education Journalist. Steve McCormack.

Notes for editors

  1. About Bosch

    The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 275,000 associates generated sales of 38.2 billion euros in fiscal 2009. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is repre­sented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros for research and development, and applies for some 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

    The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

    Additional information can be accessed at  www.bosch.com
  2. About the Royal Academy of Engineering

    Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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Jo Davis
Robert Bosch Ltd
Corporate Communications
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