Bosch news release: An essay competition to inspire young people that opens for entries on 2nd November 2009

Supported by The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Bosch Technology Horizons Award is an easy-to-enter essay writing competition, 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 among young people.

Entrants are asked to write a short essay in answer to a question that encourages them to explore a wide range of engineering and technology topics. Bosch has chosen the question as: ‘Is engineering and technology essential for future development?’

By selecting an area they are passionate about, entrants get to test their writing skills and provide their opinion on the impact engineering and technology has on their chosen subject.

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

“The Bosch Technology Horizons Award encourages young people to think about engineering and technology that inspires them and perhaps for the first time, to think about how they can be instrumental in turning ideas into reality. The competition is just one small example of how Bosch promotes innovation in everything that it does, from designing the quietest power tools or garden equipment that prevent repetitive strain injury to more efficient washing machines, domestic boilers or hydraulic systems for wind turbines. Bosch technology is all around us and to keep moving forward we need to unearth the young innovators of tomorrow.”

The competition has two age categories; 14 to 18 and 19 to 24 year olds. The first place winner of the younger age group will receive £700 and second place receives £350. There are will also be five ’highly commended’ finalists who will be awarded £150 each. For the second age group of 19 to 24 year olds, the winning essay will win a top prize of £1000; with second prize of £500 and the five highly commended finalists will each receive £250

The deadline to enter the Bosch Technology Horizons Award is the 22nd March, 2010 and all the finalists will be invited to attend a presentation day in July 2010 at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, where they can meet leaders in the world of science and technology.

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 launch of the 2010 competition Chief Executive of the academy Philip Greenish said:

“Advances in engineering have formed the cornerstone of civilisation and responsible development in the future will rely heavily on engineers and technologists. The greatest challenges we face today – addressing climate change, providing sufficient energy and food, and ensuring proper healthcare - all depend on engineering skills and technical expertise. There are many excellent examples in medicine of the vital role of engineering – modern hip replacements and heart valve repairs would be impossible without the amazing skill of the engineering teams that designed and continue to improve them.

Individuals, who wish to enter the Bosch Technology Horizons Award 2010, can submit their essays online from 2nd November, 2009.

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  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 280,000 associates generated sales of 45.1 billion euros in fiscal 2008. 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 further growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros, or eight percent of its sales revenue, for research and development, and applies for over 3,000 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

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Ian Clay
Technical Publicity
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Emma Hills
Robert Bosch Limited
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