Bosch targets women engineers in IoT competition
March 24, 2016
Bosch has launched a competition for female engineers to find the best new applications for the IoT. The Between Us We Can campaign, which supports efforts to improve gender diversity within engineering, will include an online competition.
Three winners will get the chance to pay a two-day visit to Bosch’s Renningen and Reutlingen research and development facilities near Stuttgart in Germany. This is where IoT technologies are being developed and brought to life for Bosch. The winners will also receive a year’s mentoring from Bosch engineers.
“There is a critical shortage of new engineers entering the workforce and the problem is made worse by the lack of women entering the profession,” said Steffen Hoffmann, president of Bosch in the UK. “Women have the ambition to solve problems and change the world, and the talent to deliver it. Our competition aims to shine a light on their imagination and their skills. Bosch wants to fuel the imaginations of the brightest young women engineers by asking them to think how the IoT might transform our lives.”
Entries for the competition will be shortlisted and assessed by an expert judging panel: Danielle George, associate dean for teaching and learning at the University of Manchester; Steffen Hoffmann, president of Bosch UK; Jon Excell, editor of The Engineer magazine; Cat Dow, connected vehicle technologies editor of Just Auto magazine; Sarah Claridge, qualified engineer and account director at Technical Associates Group; and Lauren Childs, digital and marcomms specialist at Bosch UK.
The IoT is pulling together the many strands of digitisation, ushering in a world of intelligent devices that can collect and exchange data, leading to more connected products and factories. Bosch, for instance, has developed a smart parking assist system that uses occupancy sensors in towns and cities to inform drivers of available parking spaces. Elsewhere, the IoT is already being applied across multiple sectors, from Bosch’s Smart Home that integrates heating, light, doors and windows, to the provision of multi-functional smart tools in factories. Bosch has also launched its own cloud – the internet of things from a single source.
To enter the competition, entrants aged between 18 and 25 – who are resident in England, Scotland or Wales – will need to describe an innovation that, by harnessing the universal connectivity of the IoT, would make the world a better place.
The competition will run from March to May 2016, with the winners being announced in the lead up to National Women in Engineering Day (June 23, 2016). Entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the campaign visit www.bosch.co.uk/betweenuswecan.