Thu, 12 Nov 2015
THREE Newbury teenagers who won a national technology award for their ‘eWaterPay’ system were presented with certificates by the Duke of York at Buckingham Palace.
Jack Hygate, Connor Humphreys and Laurence Bu-Rashid, all Year 10 pupils at Park House School, developed a system allowing people to ‘buy’ water with a nominal payment, granting a specific measure of clean water, via a mobile controlled app.
Their scheme, which won the national TeenTech Award, is currently being introduced in Gambia and the money it generates goes back to charity Africa Water Enterprises to maintain the taps and ensure an ongoing water supply.
The pupils have been granted £200,000 funding for Africa Water Enterprises and are planning a trip to Africa to see their system introduced in countries that will benefit.
The Duke of York congratulated them on their innovation.
Connor Humphreys said of the visit: “Going to Buckingham Palace was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was a beautiful place. We were treated like royalty and had a great time.”
ICT teacher Mhari Douglas said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for the students. It was great to hear that all of the students who had taken part in the awards were continuing to develop their ideas and work on their projects.”