Celebrating BBC2’s 50th anniversary, the BBC 2 TV Horizon programme has invited the public to vote on scientific innovations which might help to tackle the greatest challenges facing mankind today.
One of the topics eligible for consideration is helping people with dementia to live independently for longer. The £10 million Longitude Prize 2014 has been developed by Nesta, with the Technology Strategy Board, to find solutions to a new scientific challenge.
The Longitude Prize 2014 (coincidentally) commemorates the 300th anniversary of the original Board of Longitude’s 1714 Longitude Prize; which offered £20,000 as a reward to incentivise a method of determining longitude accurately at sea.
The topic areas open for consideration and voting comprise:
- Flight: carbon-free flight.
- Food: feeding the hungry.
- Antibiotics: preventing the rise of resistance to antibiotics.
- Paralysis: restoring movement to people with paralysis.
- Water: access to safe and clean water.
- Dementia: helping people with dementia to live independently for longer.
The process of discovery and innovation, across the board, is more important than actually winning. It might be several years before the winner is decided.
Morelle, R. [and] Rincon, P. (2014). Longitude Prize launched with £10m awaiting winner. London: BBC News – Science and Environment, May 19th 2014.
Longitude Prize 2014: The challenges. London: BBC News – Science and Environment, May 23rd 2014.