Next generation of young inventors celebrated at 20th annual Innovation Awards
Talented young inventors from across Wales have been
Iwan Tomos, 19, from Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in Swansea won the overall winner and
Other awards went to Harri Tulliver at AS Level for his disability aid and Lisa Evans at GCSE level for her stylish laser-cut dress. Libby Week won the Creativity award for her minimalistic jacket and skirt outfit, the CAD/CAM award went to Aiden O’Leary for his aero bars and the Intellectual Property award went to Zoe Hughes for her disability aid – a gardening tool designed for people with arthritis.
The Innovation Awards, in partnership with the Welsh Government,
Iwan said: “I’m honestly still in shock that I won – when they called my name for
“This project was a lot of hard work, but I really enjoyed it and I definitely want to carry on designing and building things. At the moment I’m at Southampton University studying for a degree in Aerospace Engineering.”
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Innovation Awards, which launched in 1998 to celebrate the best in Welsh design and encourage young people to think outside the box and become more technologically innovative.
Alongside their award, each winner was presented with a trophy
WJEC chief executive, Roderic Gillespie, said: “This was my first Innovation Awards as chief executive of WJEC, and I was incredibly impressed with the standard of the entries.
“The young inventors who enter this competition have a unique ability to channel their creativity into solving practical challenges in new and inventive ways. This is a skill which is not only beneficial to society now but also will also help solve the new problems we face as we continue into the future. With these skills becoming increasingly vital, we think it’s important to showcase and celebrate the work of young people in Wales.
“The level of commitment which goes into these projects, and the quality of the work produced
The Innovation Awards is an annual competition partly funded by the Welsh Government. The awards ceremony was hosted by Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education.
She said: “A huge congratulations to all the contenders and winners for their amazing inventions. Wales has a great history of inventors and is home to a number of ground-breaking inventions, including the microphone! And it’s wonderful to see our young people following in their footsteps.
“Occasions like this really highlight the wealth of talent we have in Wales and I’m