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Bosch rewards Internet of Things innovators
Three young women engineers recognised for their inspiring visions of how the IoT will improve lives



Lauren Childs
Phone: +44(0)1895 83 8813


2016-07-27 | United Kingdom | Corporate News

  • #BetweenUsWeCan campaign sought best IoT innovations
  • Competition designed to shine a light on female talent in engineering
  • Winners to visit Bosch’s state-of-the-art facilities in Germany

Three young women engineers have been recognised by Bosch for their visions of how the Internet of Things (IoT) might transform the way we live our lives.

Maz Chowdhury, Sophie Spooner and Ka Man Wong were chosen as the winners of a competition that sought the best new applications of the IoT.

The competition forms part of Bosch’s #BetweenUsWeCan campaign, which supports efforts to improve gender diversity within engineering.

The winners’ ideas included a sensor-based water irrigation system that could ensure the perfect lawn; smart glass with micro-cameras that could record unauthorised entry into a vehicle; and a computerised recycling container that could incentivise consumers to recycle waste materials.

The three winners, all of whom are engineering students, will now get the chance to pay a two-day visit to Bosch’s state-of-the-art Renningen and Reutlingen research and development facilities near Stuttgart, in Germany. This is where IoT technologies are being developed and brought to life for Bosch. The winners will also receive a year’s mentoring from Bosch engineers.

Steffen Hoffmann, President of Bosch in the UK, said: “At a time of chronic skill shortages within engineering, the competition provided a platform for women to demonstrate the ambition to solve problems and ideas to change the world. We challenged the brightest young female engineers to think about how the IoT might transform our lives, and they certainly delivered.

“The three winners showed that they have imagination and creativity. Each of them had also given thought as to how their ideas might work in practice.”

Maz Chowdhury, a chemical engineering student from the University of Surrey, devised a garden watering and irrigation system that was linked to ground-based sensors to ensure that lawns and plants would receive exactly the right amount of water they needed.

Sophie Spooner, studying communications engineering at Aston University in Birmingham, imagined the use of front and rear window-mounted micro-cameras that could record video footage in the wake of unauthorised entry into a vehicle. The security system could send the images to the car owner’s smartphone.

Meanwhile, Ka Man Wong, an engineering student at the University of Bath, envisaged a multi-sensory recycling container that could classify the type of waste that consumers were recycling, employing a points-based incentivisation scheme to reward them accordingly.

Entries for the competition were assessed by an expert judging panel including Professor Danielle George, Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning at the University of Manchester and Presenter of the Royal Institution’s 2014 Christmas Lectures; Dr Steffen Hoffmann, President of Bosch UK; Jon Excell, Editor of The Engineer magazine and website; and Sarah Claridge, Qualified Engineer and Account Director at Technical Associates Group.

Professor Danielle George from the University of Manchester stressed: “The competition produced some fantastic ideas that could change the way we go about our lives. Also, at a time of skills shortages across industry, it has been a great way of enthusing the next-generation of female role models.”

For more details on the IoT competition, and to watch a winners' video, visit:

In the UK, Bosch has been present since 1898, when Robert Bosch opened the company’s first office outside Germany. Every one of the Bosch Group’s business sectors has a presence in the UK: Mobility Solutions, Consumer Goods, Energy and Building Technology and Industrial Technology. Bosch operates in the UK as Robert Bosch Limited and employs around 5,300 associates across 41 sites. In 2016, Bosch generated revenues in the UK of 3.9 billion euros.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of 31 December 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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