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Technology for an ageing population: competition

Here is a competition which is aimed at secondary school students.  I quite like the idea of this: both the topic and the nature of what has to be submitted by entrants: a video of not more than 90 seconds answering the question:

In the future, how will technology help an ageing population?

Picture by Denise Krebs is an opportunity to get some really interesting discussions going. Perhaps you could get other colleagues involved, such the RE department.

There’s more about the competition on Bosch’s Facebook link, which is given below. It’s really confusing once you get there though: you can easily end up clicking on their photos instead of seeing the instructions – or maybe it’s just me. Anyway, the direct link is here: instructions.

The key thing to bear in mind right now is that the deadline for entry is 26th June 2013.

The full text of the press release is given below. Have fun with this!

Press release

Bosch has opened its annual Technology Horizons Award with this year’s challenge for secondary school children to develop a video explaining how technology will help an ageing population – with prizes for the winners totalling over £2,000.

In previous years, the award has received entries in the form of essays on engineering topics. This year, Bosch has decided not only to run the competition online using short video entries, but also to target the secondary school age group, with the Technology Horizons Award open for individuals and groups between 13 and 16 years old.

Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch in the UK said:  “Bosch is committed to developing technologies that improve the quality of people’s lives and an ageing population is not only a big issue for the UK, but many countries around the world.

“Our challenge to entrants of this year’s Bosch Technology Horizons Award is to think about how engineering and technologies, such as those pioneered by Bosch, will help to address such a major societal issue. We believe that inspiring young people to consider careers in engineering is vital to a sustainable future and for targeting the UK’s skills gap.”

Entrants are invited to respond to the question: ‘In the future, how will technology help an ageing population?’ and can upload their videos to YouTube and then onto the Bosch Technology Horizons Award app on the Bosch UK Facebook page.

There will be a prize for the most popular video by votes received on Facebook and the top 20 most popular entries will be submitted to Bosch’s judging panel, which will award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

The winner of the individual category will win £300-worth of Amazon gift vouchers and the winners of the group category will each win £100-worth of Amazon gift vouchers. The teachers of the winners will each receive a Bosch IXO cordless screwdriver.

The closing date for entries is 26th June 2013 and the winners will be announced on the Bosch UK facebook wall on 15th July 2013.

For more information on the Bosch Technology Horizons Award, including a video guide on how to enter, visit

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