Finalist category: BT Young Pioneer Award
Wearable tech designed to identify breast cancer
Bra with Benefits is a cancer-detecting bra, designed to identify early stage cancer before any outward signs are visible.
The hi-tech bra was designed by fifteen-year-old Alexandria Gyford for the TeenTech National Awards Programme in 2016, where it won the Wearable Technology category.
Alexandria is driven by a desire to make a difference, and experienced first-hand the impact of breast cancer in her own family. As part of the process designing her innovative underwear she’s worked with leading scientists in the US and UK to validate and develop her ideas and designs.
Alexandria’s desire to make a difference surpasses the development of the technology.
“I am dyslexic – when I was eight I couldn’t read or write. I was inspired to take part in the TeenTech Awards by some girls in the year above me. I’m so glad I did. Now, I just want to really encourage other children and teenagers not to be limited by labels and follow their dreams.”
To help get this message out there Alexandria spoke to 150 Year 8 and Year 9 pupils on International Women’s Day to share her story.
Alexandria is currently pursuing the further development of her product whilst working towards her GCSEs.