The prize ceremony for the 2013 MacRobert Award was held at Battersea Power Station

Engineering innovation prize open for entries

Engineering firms are being urged to enter the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert award for innovation.

The 2014 competition is now open for entries from any individual or team from companies working in the UK in any area of engineering, science, medicine or technology that combine excellence in engineering with commercial success and tangible benefit to society.

Finalists will be announced publicly and the winner revealed at the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Annual Awards Dinner on 2 July 2014and the winner will claim a £50,000 prize.

This year’s winner of the MacRobert Award was Cambridge-based software company RealVNC for their desktop-sharing software.

CEO Dr Andy Harter said: “Winning the MacRobert Award was an incredible experience, and created a lasting feel-good factor in the company.  The award recognises outstanding British innovation and business, and to receive such a prestigious honour is extraordinarily important in attracting and retaining the very best staff across the whole company.”

Previous winners have included the Jaguar-Land Rover team behind the Range Rover Evoque, Microsoft Research for Kinect and Inmarsat for their satellite technology that allows broadband data connectivity anywhere in the world.

John Robinson, chair of the MacRobert Award judging panel, said: "Every year the judging panel are delighted to see that British engineers keep surpassing themselves in doing what they do best, innovation.

“For the 2014 edition of the prize, once again we are looking for enterprises companies, from start-ups to large, established to show us how they are shaping and changing our every day through their work.”

For more information on the award visit the RAEng website. Applications close on 20 January 2014.

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