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Young Innovators Shine at Isambard Kingdom Brunel Awards

Engineering Innovation Award - 14-18 year olds/19-25 year olds
Theme: “Thinking about the future, and using engineering principles, devise something that could make a change to the modern world.“ Prize: £1,000 cash per age group plus £1,000 of consultancy.

Age group 1 winner - Felicity Milton, tuned percussion instrument, a musical instrument that aids the education of children with special needs such as autism and Down syndrome. The instrument aims to enhance the quality of life of these children by addressing physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioural and social functioning of each individual child.

Special Commendation for the level of Engineering - Tanya Budd, HypoHoist, a man overboard recovery device that recovers a casualty out of the water and back onto the safety of the yacht, whilst minimising injury by ensuring the casualty remains horizontal.

Age group winner 2: Dan Lockton, Incluminate; Back Up Bulb, which solves the problem of bulb failure for elderly and disabled people by automatically illuminating a built-in backup bulb (a compact fluorescent tube) - The unit fits into a standard bayonet socket.

Innovation Award - 14-18 year olds/19 yrs - 25 yrs
Theme: “Devise a product to solve an everyday problem“. Prize: £1,000 cash per age group plus £1,000 of consultancy.

Age group 1 winner: Tanya Budd, HypoHoist

Age group 2 winner: Nathan Murphy, Hydracare, a product that helps prevent dehydration in care establishments, by monitoring the amount of water the patient drinks during the day. For patients who are not drinking enough, Hydracare offers a gentle visual or audible reminder.

Inspiration Award: Peter Ash, Hamster Powered Mobile Phone Charger. Putting a hamster's nocturnal exercise regime to good use, Peter has devised a way of using the energy generated from his hamster running in its wheel to charge his mobile phone.

Entrepreneurship Award - 16-25 year olds
Theme: Show how you would put a business together to not only make money but also to benefit society. Prize: £1,000 cash plus £1,000 of consultancy.

Winners: Natalie Turner, Megan Taft, Kirsty Dickenson and Rebecca Gill - Baby Vend, an idea for a company that aims to supply essential products to mothers and carers of babies in times of need through vending machines placed in baby changing facilities and male and female restrooms. Emergency packs will contain Nappies, talcum powder, wet wipes, a variety of baby juice and canned baby food.

Young Companies Award - 18-35 year olds
Theme: Awarded to a (UK) business founded in the last five years, which has provided innovative solutions to benefit society in some way. Prize: £2,000 cash plus £1,000 of PR consultancy.

Winner: Jamie Murray Wells, Glassesdirect.co.uk. At aged 21 Jamie Murray Wells, founded glassesdirect.co.uk in 2004, a company determined to offer low price prescription glasses for as little as £15, complete including delivery. The company believes it has saved the British public over £3.5 million pounds on the cost of their glasses.

Brunel Bicentenary Conference Prize: Winner - Luke Ingram, marking gauge.
Luke has re-invented a marking gauge on a smaller scale. A marking gauge is used in woodwork or metalwork to mark out a line parallel to a reference edge or surface. Luke's handheld device allows you to accurately mark a surface and overcomes the problems of the traditional gauge and the alternative 'oddleg callipers'.

Professor Chris Jenks, Vice Chancellor of Brunel University, comments: “ We founded these awards as a fitting tribute to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, our university's namesake, in his bicentenary year. We knew that it would be hard to judge the winners but we hadn't realised quite how hard. The breadth of engineering and innovation talent was breathtaking - I'm sure every one of these young people will have strong careers ahead of them.“