Safe surfing wristband wins youth SatelLife competition

10 April 2018

A group of school children from Cornwall have won Britain’s annual SatelLife competition, which asks youngsters for ideas on how satellites could improve life on Earth. Ellie Jones and Jessica Knight, both 15, and Summer Jeffery and Emily Haddrell, both 14, from Truro in Cornwall scooped £7,500 for the best group entry with their Surf Safe concept. Surf Safe is a wristband that uses satellite location data and communications services to identify the locations of swimmers and surfers in the sea.

Ieuan Higgs, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, received £7,500 for best individual entry for his Infrastructure Planning and Development Analysis Tool. Higgs, a computer science student at the University of Reading, suggested a tool to map change in urban areas using satellites and algorithms to identify where building is taking place and potential sites for development.

A further seven entries from across the age categories were awarded £5,000. All nine winning entries will be able to pitch their ideas to a panel of space sector specialists. Last year’s competition winners were offered a mix of support including an offer to build a prototype, thousands of pounds worth of space on Amazon Cloud Services, access to data, business development advice and a visit to a satellite factory.