Teenage life saver

Teenage inventor Baran Korkmaz picked up the Young Engineering Award at acclaimed The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair for the mobile app he designed to aid people in emergencies.

Inspired by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London last summer, the 15-year-old, who taught himself to code using the internet, invented iMAREC (Indoor Mobile Augmented Reality Evacuation and Communication) in the hope of helping people escape buildings in an emergency.

Baran, from Highams Park School, explains how the app works. “Let’s say a user in the building wants to evacuate, they would simply launch the app and evacuate using the augmented reality to locate the nearest exit and also to where the nearest extinguisher might be”.

The annual Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair celebrates science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK and is organised by non-profit company Engineering UK.

Beth Elgood, from Engineering UK, added: “Baran really impressed the judges with his innovative project and we are excited to see what he comes up with next.”