A TEAM from Greenford High School beat hundreds from across the UK to be named the Longitude Explorer Prize 2020 champions, winning £25,000 for their school. 

Lilia, Kathryn, Sophie, Eeman and Basira, all aged 14 and 15, members of Team Iscort, were named winners at a virtual awards ceremony introduced by Science Minister Amanda Solloway.

The team’s Tomodachi smartwatch app helps the elderly and those suffering with memory loss.

Tomodachi is Japanese for ‘friend’. The app is a smart assistant that acts as a digital companion, a communication bridge with loved ones, an organiser and a cognitive skills trainer.

Amanda Solloway said: “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this next generation of innovators.”

Launched last September, the Longitude Explorer Prize 2020 called on people aged 11-16 to design technology for some of the great challenges we face, like climate change, an ageing population, living healthier lives and future transport.

More than 800 young people entered ideas ranging from robotic rovers to deliver medicines to people stuck at home to devices that help people reclaim urban wasteland and build farms.