Why we need young innovators
The ASTELLAS INNOVATION CHALLENGE is an exciting competition for 14-16 year-olds across the UK. Launched to inspire the next generation of innovators, it encourages young people to engage with STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and related careers.
In 2014, teams of school students were tasked with creating a mobile app to encourage healthy living. The winning entrants would see their concept brought to life by professional app developers and made available to the UK public for free download.
Over 900 students entered the competition, generating a wealth of outstanding – and brilliantly innovative – ideas. Entries were awarded marks across four categories:
- Quality of the entry
The top entries were shortlisted and the teams invited to showcase their ideas before an expert panel of judges – and their fellow competitors – at the finals of the ASTELLAS INNOVATION CHALLENGE, which was staged at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.