Science Dreams – solving problems with innovative solutions

1. This may be a big issue like water shortages or plastic use or a small local one such as how to make recycling easier in your home … the limit is your imagination!

2. The specific criteria are in the How to Enter section but the first step is to dare to dream!

The Contest is open for 6-months each year, beginning on 1st October and closing on 31st March.

A panel of judges will select shortlisted entries in each of the three categories by early April each year following competition closure and those selected will be invited to the Annual Business of Science Conference to present a Poster of their entry.  The Winner will then be selected in each category and the awards presented at the conclusion of the Conference.

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What are your science dreamings?

The award is designed to encourage submissions from people who want to solve problems through science, or who want science to solve problems. Three winners will be presented with the Awards at the close of the Conference on Thursday 21st May 2020 in Birmingham.

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Entry Categories

Primary

Primary

Secondary

Secondary

18+ year

18+ year

How To Enter

Capture your dreams and idea through a picture, a paragraph (or two) or a combination of both on one page and submit it through this site. The judges will then use the following 5 criteria to select the shortlist in each category.

General qualities of and aspiration of the idea – does it represent an ambitious dream or a significant improvement to an existing approach?

Aesthetic and Design qualities – what could be possible?

The product’s intended use / function and use value. How can it make a positive impact to the quality of life for its users or those affected by its use?

Why does the product / idea deserve the BoS Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique / novel features and application and what others would find attractive?

How significant / ambitious and practical is the product / idea and could it revolutionise a current process, application or approach to a need or problem?

Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett

Managing Director, Founder & Business of Science

Dr Geoff Mackey

Dr Geoff Mackey

Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, BASF

Dr Jaclyn Bell

Dr Jaclyn Bell

Senior Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London

 

Meet The Winners

Maddison Gregory and Nayla Gazzal

Winner of Primary School category

Project name Scan-Tastic – We Scan Your Plastic.  An idea for an app to protect the planet by scanning items to check if there is plastic within a product. If there is plastic, the app suggests a plastic-free alternative.

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Lauren Cohen

Winner of Secondary School category

Project name – STEAM Makers.  Students trade in plastic, attend a lunchtime club at a purpose built kiosk and create innovative products – combatting loneliness and plastic pollution by encouraging students to partake in innovative ideas.

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18+ winner

Winner of 18+ category

A project to develop re-usable bio-sensor stickers which detect food spoilage and an associated app with use by dates, inventories, menus and smart shopping lists to reduce food and financial waste in the home.

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Key Dates

1st Oct 2019

Competition Opens

31st March 2020

Contest closes

8th April 2020

Judging Day

From 15th April 2020

Entrants notified

21st May 2020

Shortlist Poster displays at BoSC20 in Birmingham

Dreams and ideas drive innovation and they need to be taken seriously…which is where business fits in…

Let us share great ideas together and take a closer look at what we do not yet know.

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