Snug Hug: Schoolboy Joseph Weaver Scoops Design £30,000 Prize
Schoolboy Joseph Weaver scooped a £30,000 prize after winning a competition with his invention The Snug Hug.
The 16-year-old could become a household name in design after beating hundreds of entrants to be awarded the national winner.
Weaver, a Year 12 student at Winterbourne International Academy in Bristol, also won the opportunity to work alongside the inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis with a year-long internship.
The never-seen-before car accessory fits over a child booster seat but looks like a giant cuddly toy. The arms of the toy wrap around the child snugly and there is an attached blanket to give the child a "hug".
Joseph said: "I’m absolutely amazed to have won this competition. It has been a great privilege working on the design element of this project and it’s been a very enjoyable part of my coursework.
"This has been one of my most favourite creations ever as I’ve always had a passion for creative drawing and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to see my very own design put into production."
£20,000 of Joseph’s prize money will go to his school, which is delighted with the budding inventor.
Sound Asleep, the company famous for creating the original "speaker pillow", sponsored the competition.
Jamie Moryoussef, operations director at Sound Asleep, said: “Joseph has shown what incredible talent exists in British youngsters. We believe his design holds such appeal for the mass market that we’re considering putting The Snug Hug into production – we’re already in talks with our contacts in China."
"At a time when cutbacks are directly affecting schools, we were eager to develop a competition which offered not only a valuable prize for a school, but also equipped students with skills for the future."
Take a look at Joseph Weaver's designs below: