Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize

Challenging young people to use technology to create an app, product or service that will make the world a better place

What is the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize?

The Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize, which is supported by Amazon UK, is supporting young people across the UK to test, create and develop new technological solutions to the biggest issues of our time.

As the leaders of tomorrow and the next generation of innovators, we know young people are using their creativity, drive and innovative thinking to tackle the challenges faced by millions across the world, which is why this year we asked 11-16 year olds across the UK to answer the call to action:

How can you use technology to create an app, product or service that will make the world a better place, enabling people to live better, live longer, live greener and live together? 

Applications to this year’s prize have now closed. Sign up to the newsletter for updates on next year and other opportunities!

What are we doing?

Following on from the success of three previous iterations of the prize, which kicked off in 2014, the Prize is returning for 2020/21. The Prize, which is based around a different STEM theme each time, aims to demystify innovation and entrepreneurship, while encouraging young people to be the driving force in the future of tech for good. This year, schools and youth groups across the UK will be invited and supported to apply and participate in the programme with an interactive online delivery, consisting of a fantastic array of webinar sessions, downloadable resources and guides and the opportunity to transform their idea into a reality over the academic year with access to mentors, hardware and software – and a chance to win up to £20,000 for their schools or youth groups, plus individual prizes.

Why are we doing this?

Fostering entrepreneurial spirit among young people will be vital in order to successfully solve some of the greatest challenges of today, as well as supporting a new generation to gain the skills needed for their future work. 

Giving young people access to innovation and entrepreneurship schemes early on is a key driver to close these gaps and the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize aims to do just that by focusing on reaching young people from diverse backgrounds, bridging the gap between young people and innovation.

Only 1.5% of the total pupil population...

get the opportunity to participate in innovation and invention schemes

Women are outnumbered by men…

by 4:1 as founders of innovation startups

Only 7% of UK patent applications…

are made by women, and just 4% of the UK tech workforce identifies as BAME

Timeline of the Prize (click and drag to the right)

9 Nov 2020

The Prize launched

Applications opened to the Prize, which sought ideas to use technology to make the world a better place

12 Feb 2021

Applications closed

All submissions are now being reviewed. If you submitted an application but have a question, get in touch via explorer@nesta.org.uk

Apr-June 2021

Finalist stage

Finalists will be invited to a virtual business school and matched with an expert mentor to help them develop their solution further.

July 2021

Awards & Prizes

Finalists will pitch to an expert judging panel and winners will be announced!

The team

Maddy Kavanagh

Programme Manager, Longitude Explorer Prize

Hannah Picton

Assistant Programme Manager

Laura Ferris

Assistant Programme Manager

Constance Agyeman

Director of International Development

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