Over 200 students entered the inaugural Brunel inspired Bosch/Independent Technology Horizons Award essay competition and the winning places were announced at a presentation lunch in London by science and engineering populiser Johnny Ball.

Fourteen students, including a brother and sister, were accompanied by their parents and teachers all eagerly awaited the news as to which prize they had won and Sophie Walker from Cheam and Sang Nguyen from London had a big surprise to hear they had topped the list in their respective age groups.

The high quality of the essays, which asked young people to outline their thoughts on the next technology revolution, has prompted an early launch of the 2007 competition theme which is “Ecology and Technology, how can modern technologies protect the environment?”

To see the winning entrants articles, click on to The Independent’s online edition at:

The winners of the 2006 Technology Horizons Award are:

Aged 14-18
1st Sophie Walker
2nd Christopher Byrne
Runners-up: Hayley Bonner; Kelly Brendel; Chloe Jane Cotgrave; Ethan Fowler; Daniel Janes

Aged 19-24
1st Sang Nguyen
2nd James Horton
Runners-up: Nina Fowler; Elizabeth James; Naaila Khan; Matthew Linares; Dan Lockton

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