Prodigy john discovers the key to success
AT 13 years old, John Neill is one of the youngest winners of a Sentinus Young Innovators Award. The Down High School student has designed an innovative device for forgetful keyholders, called Key Call. Utilising GSM technology, users will be able to use their mobile or landline telephone to 'call' their lost keys. Entered for the Northern Ireland Young Engineer award in the junior category, John went on to be named the Northern Ireland Young Engineers overall winner and also received the First Derivatives award for commercial potential. This means a combined prize money total of £325. John's father says some companies have already expressed interest in Key Call and John himself says his ambition is "to see the product on shelves and people buying it".