About Longitude Explorer
The Prize is open to secondary schools and youth groups across the UK, to enter teams of 11-16 year olds with ideas for tech that will help improve the world around them.
Why should I apply?
Applications are back open – from now until Friday 14th February 2020 – apply for the chance to go straight through to the finals!
We launch this year’s prize!
Deadline for entries
All entries are due by 5pm!
Semi-finalists induction event
The Longitude Explorer Prize will host an event for the (up to) 60 finalists.
Finalists are shortlisted
We have out judges pick up to 30 finalists.
Finalists development event
We will hold an event to help out finalists through to the next stage of pitching.
Dragons Den style pitches and winner announced
We will be holding an event where finalist teams will pitch their projects. The winner will then be announced!
2014 marked the 300th anniversary of the original Longitude Prize, the first incentive prize of its kind set up by the British government to solve the problem of extensive losses at sea by enabling sailors to navigate accurately by knowing their exact coordinates. The eventual solution was unexpected. A humble clock-maker John Harrison developed the chronometer that went on to save thousands from peril and herald a new era of innovation.
In celebration of this amazing achievement, in 2014 Nesta extended its drive for innovation to young people all over the UK by engaging them in the Longitude Explorer Prize – a pilot programme for secondary school students aiming to enhance their STEM skills as well as soft and entrepreneurship abilities.
The first Longitude Explorer Prize 2014 engaged young people (aged 11-16) in satellite navigation in a completely new way. The all female team won £25,000 for their school as well as individual prizes. Their idea, Displaced, is a mobile app which help local charities support homeless people in their community. You can find more details about the pilot Longitude Explorer Prize 2014 here.
The second Longitude Explorer prize challenged young people (aged 11-16) to develop innovative, practical solutions that use the Internet of Things to improve health and wellbeing of people in the UK. A prototype that helps people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder to communicate, won a £10,000 prize at the award event. You can find more details about the pilot Longitude Explorer Prize 2017 here and by watching our video below.