The winners of the UK ICT Pioneers 2012 Competition were announced this week.
The competion is organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and is open to all second and third year UK postgraduate research students in ICT-related subjects.
The competition is also sponsored by the BCS, HP, Imagination Technologies, ARM, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, BT and the BBC.
Researchers showcased their work before being awarded cash prizes of £2,000 in the competition’s four categories. The overall winner was David Beesley from Imperial College London, who was presented with a bonus prize of an extra £1,000 by minister for universities and science David Willetts.
Willetts said: “We need excellent researchers like these finalists to be at the forefront of technological innovation, transforming basic science into benefits for our economy and society.”
Award categories included ‘technology everywhere’, ‘connected world’, ‘transforming society’ and ‘information overload’.
The winners were Joaquin Navajas Ahumada, University of Leicester; Sadeghi Mohammadreza, University of Manchester; Anand Sengodan, University of Glasgow; and David Beesley.
The category winners pitched their ideas in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ format before a panel of industry experts and investors.