Vaccination phone app wins new IET competition

23 August 2013
IET Communications team
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Francesca Turnball with her new iPad

Competition winner Francesca Turnball with her new iPad.

Francesca Turnball named first ever IET Student Innovator of the Year.

Fourteen-year-old Francesca Turnball has won the IET’s new Product Innovation Challenge competition, with her impressive design of a mobile phone application.

Francesca, from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, entered the competition with her idea of a mobile phone app that educates parents about the need for the MMR vaccination, and also sends reminder alerts when a child is due for their injection. Francesca felt her design would create a more awareness about vaccines, and also take pressure off medical staff to chase parents to have their children vaccinated.

Francesca said: “Parents are always being told and reminded about vaccines and this product will take advantage of current communications to let them know all there is to know about the MMR vaccine. In time, the application could expand to other important medical news and information.

“I really enjoyed taking part in the competition and it has definitely motivated me to pursue subjects like science, engineering and technology.”

The competition brief asked entrants to identify a problem or opportunity relating to communication, and then use their engineering skills to develop a solution.

Francesca has now earned the title of ‘IET Student Innovator of the Year 2013’, and has been awarded with her own iPad and £500 for her school to spend on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities.

Holly Margerison, IET education manager, said: “We were really impressed with Francesca’s idea, especially the way she explained the application’s wider effect on society and medical staff. We had some great entries for this competition, and I hope those that entered have realised what great things can be done through science and engineering.”

The IET Product Innovation Challenge is just one of many educational initiatives run by the IET to encourage young people into careers in STEM.  

For more information, please visit the IET Faraday website.