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10 | EVENT REVIEW | TEEN TECH AWARDS


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"I KNOW HOW TO DOWNLOAD A BANGING TUNE ON MY IPAD, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT PROGRAMMING IS ALL ABOUT"


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Play-parks which generate power, a wearable app which tracks people with dementia, wardrobes that choose and deliver your clothing and a wristband which tells you if you’ve eaten your five-a-day, these were just some of the winning ideas pitched by talented teenagers on how to use technology to make life ‘beter, simpler or easier’ at the TeenTech Awards in London. HRH The Duke of York, KG, patron of TeenTech


and The TeenTech Awards visited the Royal Society to meet the talented young entrepreneurs and hear more about their innovations. The winners have been invited to a special reception with The Duke at Buckingham Palace on 14 October. More than 100 teenagers travelled to The Royal


Society to present their ideas to a team of judges made up of celebrity science presenters, journalists and eminent academics including TeenTech co-founder and BBC Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin, Stephen Fry, Top Gear’s James May, BBC Click’s Kate Russell, BBC Bang Goes The Theory’s Dallas Campbell, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, Jim Al-Khalili and BBC Head of Science Andrew Cohen. Students, aged between 11 and 16 years old and working in groups of three, were encouraged to


search for scientific and technological solutions to real problems in 15 categories linked to industries important to the future, such as environment, transport, healthcare and wearable technology. Addressing pupils who had taken part in the awards,


The Duke of York said: "If we don't encourage young people to be interested in technology and the digital world and apply that knowledge then we are not going to be a rich country in the future. All these projects that you have undertaken are about problem solving and that's what is needed in the real world. Thanks to Teen Tech you are finding solutions to problems that someone of my age might never have even considered. And the solutions you are finding could make a difference to a whole range of people, not only now but into the future." TeenTech Awards judge and BBC Top Gear host


James May said: "People my age are becoming good at being computer operators but not at computer programming. I know how to download a banging tune on my iPad, but I don’t know what programming is all about. The great thing is you can get involved in programming by using a Raspberry Pi. It’s cheaper than tickets to some football matches and a lot more educational." ET


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