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Bosch competition aims to inspire women and IoT innovation

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Applicants are encouraged to submit innovative ideas that utilise IoT to improve everyday life

Bosch has launched a new competition for young female engineers to share novel applications using the Internet of Things (IoT) as part its #BetweenUsWeCan campaign, which seeks to improve gender balance within engineering.

From March until May 2016 applicants are encouraged to submit innovative ideas that utilise IoT to improve everyday life. The aim of the competition, Bosch says, is to “fuel the imaginations of the brightest young women engineers”.

Dr Steffen Hoffmann, president of Bosch, UK comments: “The UK is facing a critical shortage of new engineers entering the workforce and the problem is made worse by the lack of women entering the profession. Women have the ambition to solve problems and change the world, and the talent to deliver it. Our competition aims to shine a light on their imagination and their skills.”

The campaign forms a part of Bosch’s own efforts to create a more connected world with the company having developed a smart parking system that will inform drivers of available parking spaces within cities and a Smart Home platform to manage heating, light, doors and windows.

A judging panel featuring Dr Hoffmann and several leading academics and engineering professionals will shortlist the frontrunners before National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2016.

In addition to a two-day visit to Bosch’s IoT development centres in Renningen and Reutlingen in Germany, three chosen winners will have the opportunity to be mentored for a year by the company’s engineers.

You can find out more about the competition here.

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