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Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize Competition Success

Monday, 10 May 2021

Earlier this year, two teams from City of London School entered the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize competition and both of them were recently selected as finalists.

The prize is a year-long competition open to young people aged 11-16 where they can design, test and develop technology enterprises for social good. The competition supports not only those with STEM or technical skills, but enables development in skills such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork.

The judges who have been deciding the finalists for this have said that the two CLS teams entries are “well-articulated with a clear identification of the problem” and that “Teamwork is clearly in place with the dividing up responsibilities and then communicating the findings of any research back to the team, which is a really great skill to possess.”

Verdis’, designed by ‘Team Verdis’ is an app combining the various climate initiatives focused on reducing city pollution - for example, London’s Santander Cycles - with a pollution map and route planner helping to lessen pollution, as well as an online marketplace featuring eco-friendly products.

‘Medical NFC Database’, designed by ‘Team NFC Connect’, is a contactless technology wearable for healthcare professionals to replace manual sign-in and identity verification and enable better, more streamlined healthcare systems. The aim is that medical professionals could scan a patient’s ‘NFC chip’ to view their medical history, saving them time and allowing them to spend more time with patients.

The teams are preparing for the next stage of the competition, as they receive expert advice from Amazon and other industry-leading organisations to create prototypes of their concepts.

We are extremely proud of pupils Joseph, Ahan, Federico, Edward, Toby, Raffi and Yipeng for all of the hard work put into this.

the two CLS teams entries are “well-articulated with a clear identification of the problem”.
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