The winners and finalists of The Independent-Bosch Technology Horizons Award 2008 competition attended a presentation ceremony held recently at The Royal Academy of Engineering. The ceremony, hosted by former “Tomorrow’s World” presenter Kate Bellingham, President of Young Engineers also featured presentations from Richard Noble OBE, project director of Thrust SSC, Professor Bill O’Riordan FREng, former chief scientist of Fujitsu/ ICL and Steve Connor, Science Editor at The Independent newspaper.

The Technology Horizons Award a partnership between the Independent, Bosch and The Royal Academy of Engineering is now in its third year and going from strength to strength in terms of both the number of entrants and the quality of the submissions with over 500 entries this year.

The aim of the award is to highlight the importance of technology and engineering to young people and to encourage them to study engineering or to take up careers in the sector. The award is open to all students in the UK aged between 14 and 24 with top prizes of up to £1000. Winning entries are also published in The Independent newspaper and there are also prizes for the schools that submit the most entries and for their teachers.

This year the winning essays, submitted in response to the question, ‘How is technology and engineering driving change in a country of your choice?’ encompassed a diverse range of countries and approaches. These ranged from the architectural development of Dubai to the socio-economic reasons for the boom in online gaming in South Korea, plus insights about Japan, India, USA and China.

In the 14-18 age group Christopher Cubitt of Ilford County High School took the £700 prize while in the 19-24 age group Carmel Digweed from the University of Sheffield scooped the award and the £1000 that went with it. Commenting on his win Christopher Cubitt said, “I am so pleased to have won and am hoping that the award will help with my career prospects and university applications – and the money won’t hurt either!”

Dave Rowley, Head of Campaigns for The Royal Academy of Engineering commented, “The Technology Horizons Award makes connections right across the school curriculum where technology is being discussed in English lessons and not just Design and Technology lessons.”

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  1. 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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