The 2012 Bosch Technology Horizons Award is nearing its exciting finale with the announcement of the 14 finalists who each have a chance of winning the top prize. Each participant was tasked with submitting an innovative response to an engineering related essay question concerning environmental technology and the impact of engineering on the 2012 Olympics. First prize in the 14 to 18 age group is £700 whilst the winner of the 19 to 24 age group will receive £1,000.  All finalists will be recognised at an awards ceremony on 17th July 2012 at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London.

The high quality entries cover a range of topics including suggestions to increase the uptake of renewable energy technology in addition to observations on how advances in green energy have affected human behaviour. Shortlisted essays discussing the technological impact of the Olympics discuss issues such as pressure  on transport networks during the event and analyse the technology that is providing free Wi-Fi and HD filming throughout the event.

Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch in the UK, commented: “Congratulations to all the finalists of this year’s Bosch Technology Horizons Award. This annual event is designed to inspire young people so that they will consider engineering as a viable career path. As a leading UK-based company, this award allows us to encourage the next generation to share in our vision of applying innovation to business, whilst understanding its beneficial impact on the progress of technology and society.”

Every teacher submitting 20 or more student essays in the 14-18 age group will also receive a Bosch Easytrim electric line trimmer, a Bosch IXO cordless screwdriver or a Bosch 400w hand blender. As the two schools that submitted the highest number of essays, The Misbourne School in Great Missenden and Torquay Boys Grammar School will each receive an additional hamper of Bosch products worth £500.