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Longitude Explorer Prize accepting entries

In the spirit of the 18th Century Longitude Prize – a competition that set the task of determining a ship’s exact location at sea – NESTA‘s Longitude Explorer Prize focuses on how to solve a contemporary challenge using technology.

The Longitude Explorer Prize challenges young people to develop innovative, practical solutions that use the Internet of Things to improve the health and well-being of people in the UK.

Areas of particular focus for teams might include childhood obesity, physical activity, mental health and pollution, but ideas can relate to any health matter.

The prize is open to all secondary school pupils in the UK. Entries can be submitted until until 3 March 2017. Schools can submit their ideas here.

Some 10 teams will be shortlisted for the final stage and invited to an event in London on 28 April 2017. The finalists will be supported by experts from IBM to develop prototypes of their ideas.