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Sankha Kahagala-Gamage

Age: 16

Loughborough Grammar School

UK Young Engineers of the Year 2017 - ‘Medivest’

David and Sankha from Loughborough Grammar School in the West Midlands won the award of UK Young Engineers of the Year 2017 for their project ‘Medivest’.
The winners of the Young Engineer of the Year title were inspired to act after Sankha witnessed a passer-by having an epileptic fit. He then teamed up with fellow Loughborough Grammar School student, David, to create a wearable vest that monitors heart rate variability and body temperature to efficiently predict an epileptic fit up to eight minutes in advance.
Once a fit is detected, the vest sends a message to both the wearer’s phone as well as possibly a carer to warn them that they need to seek help.

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Sankha Kahagala-Gamage: “Winning was one of the greatest achievements of our lives. It just goes to show if you truly believe in your invention and you put enough work in, you will succeed. I hope the MediVest will inspire the next set of engineers in 2018.” Sankha Kahagala-Gamage, UK Young Engineer of the Year 2017.