Proud supporter of Teen Tech and careers in science

As part of our ongoing commitment to support the leaders in innovation, of tomorrow, and provide insight on scientific careers, Laleham Health and Beauty are among the many supporters of the TeenTech initiative. On top of participating in the various career events organised by TeenTech, this year we also had the opportunity to join the TeenTech Awards Grand Final as one of the judges for the Health category. At the same time we were also able to further support the project presented by Year 10 girls from Alton Convent Schools.

Last week over 100 young innovators travelled to London to present their pioneering ideas to teams of judges made up of industry experts, celebrity science presenters, journalists and eminent academics including Top Gear's James May, BBC Click's Kate Russell, BBC Bang Goes The Theory's Dallas Campbell, actress Katy Brand, comedian Jon Culshaw, and TeenTech co-founder and BBC Tomorrow's World reporter Maggie Philbin.
Don Johnson, Laleham Operations Director, was invited to join the judges' panel for the Future of Health category, alongside Dr Christian Jessen from the TV programme "Embarrassing Bodies" and Yvette Newbatt from the Institute of Cancer.

There were many ideas, brought forward by students, but one concept that has captured the interest of the judges is a revolutionary STI detecting condom, with an inbuilt indicator that would change colour in the presence of any infection. The team of boys from Isaac Newton Academy in London impressed the judging panel and the media with their determination to tackle a sensitive issue and won the award in this category.

Laleham with TeenTech judges
Don Johnson with fellow Future of Health category judges Yvette Newbatt and Dr Christian Jessen

Laleham also took part in the event in the form of a mentoring and support programme offered to Year 10 girls at Alton Convent School, by Sophie Williams, who were amongst the finalists of the Transportation category. The Alton Convent team's product is the mShuttle, an intelligent medical shuttle. The innovative GPS-enabled product reduces the weight of heavy duty equipment in high intensity rescue missions, making their journey and situation more efficient. It also facilitates on site assistance whilst awaiting further medical support.

We are very proud to announce that Laleham and the pupils' effort, in the past few months, have paid off and that the mShuttle received the People's Choice Award. This is a new award, introduced this year, which was judged by their peers across all the different categories. This wonderful achievement reflects the hard work and time spent by the girls in developing their initial ideas into a credible project. As a result of their achievement the girls have been invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Duke of York.

After the event Don Johnson said: "Laleham are very proud to have been involved and able to support the important work carried out by TeenTech. We firmly believe that industry should invest time in young people, who are the innovators and creators of the future, by giving them the opportunity to understand the career paths that are available to them in S.T.E.M".

Laleham with Peoples Choice Award winners TeenTech 2015
Don Johnson and Maggie Philbin with the People's Choice Award winners from Alton Convent School