Longitude Explorer Prize: get your students involved in the challenge

On 9 January 2017, this year’s Longitude Explorer Prize was launched. 

Aimed at secondary school students and run by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre and IBM, the prize is looking for innovative, practical solutions that use the Internet of Things to improve the health and well-being of people in the UK.

Areas of particular interest include childhood obesity, physical activity, mental health and pollution, but ideas can relate to any other health issues.

The Longitude Explorer Prize aims to provide a practical education opportunity focused on developing STEM skills, coupled with a range of employability skills, business skills and market research.

Applications opened on 9 January 2017 and the closing date is 3 March 2017.

From the initial applications, around ten finalists will be selected and provided with coaching support from IBM to help them turn their ideas into reality.

The winners will be announced before the end of the school summer term 2017. The overall winners will receive £10,000, and the two runners-up will receive 1,000.

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