2016 Triumph Design Awards - National Final

The 2016 Triumph Design Awards was held on Saturday 2nd July at Triumph’s main production facility in Hinckley, Leicestershire. A total of 24 shortlisted competitors from across the UK came to Triumph to exhibit their work and present their entries to the judges. The judging panel led by Geoff Hurst- Triumph’s Chief Design Officer, were highly impressed by the calibre of work and motivated by how passionately each and every finalist spoke about their projects. The prize giving ceremony was preceded by a talk from Stuart Wood who spoke about what it takes to succeed within Engineering, whilst giving valuable advice to all finalists which will put them in good stead for their future careers in industry.

The wide range of excellent projects meant that judging proved very difficult, but after much deliberation the judges agreed that the winner was Ben Ball, a Systems and Control student from Nottingham. Ben’s entry was a cost-effective CPU cooler which used the control of thermoelectric Peltier cells to cool processors to very low temperatures. This allows them to be configured to run faster and also minimise heat damage to nearby components. The judges were impressed with Ben’s attention to detail throughout the development process.

Ben won a 2 week paid internship at Triumph, along with £500 cash and the Triumph Design Award trophy. In second place was Elliot Downes a D&T student from Worcestershire for his very well considered Lorry Wheel Removal Device, the design of which demonstrated excellent mechanical engineering and high levels of innovation. Steven Huband from Leicestershire wowed the judges with his motorcycle roller starter, and Joseph Unwin from Lancashire was awarded the Committee Prize for his Automotive Workshop Light. The committee were particularly inspired with Joseph’s holistic approach to the design, development and testing of a product which satisfied a real need.

Elliot and Steven were awarded £250 and £150 cash respectively, a trophy and one weeks work experience at Triumph. Joseph received £100 cash and the Committee trophy.  Congratulations to all entrants to the 2016 Triumph Design Awards who were successful in reaching the National Final.

Triumph Design Awards




Open to 6th form and college students of Design & Technology, the Triumph Design Awards encourages and celebrates creative thinking, innovative problem solving and the ability to produce feasible solutions to real world challenges.

We're committed to encouraging young people to innovate and get excited by the thought of an idea evolving into a real life product. We want young design engineers to develop their engineering potential, and recognise that design engineering is an exciting and useful career that has helped shape the world we know.

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Submission Requirements

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- Project Summary - 500 words.

A concise summary of your project, what problems it solves and how it solves them. Explain any technologies used, and the development, testing and evaluation process you took. When our judges read this, they should be excited and want to see more of your project.

- Product Images - 10 .jpegs

 A maximum of 10 jpeg images of your project. These can include sketches, development work, CAD, testing, and photos of your finished product or any other images you think are appropriate for your entry.

Your images shouldn’t include text as the primary focus - bullet points and annotations are fine, but include your written explanation in the 500 word part of your submission.

- Product Video - 2 mins (optional)

This part of the submission is optional, but will help our judges understand more about your project. This should consist of a short video showing your project. There’s no need for an Oscar winning performance, we want to see great Design Engineers not actors! You can use this as an opportunity to talk through or demonstrate how your product works, and how you solved the problem outlined in your design brief. This can be done with a smart phone - so don’t be shy!

Remember to register your interest and follow us on Twitter to be notified when our submissions page goes live.

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