Triumph Design Awards 2017

    2017 Triumph Design Awards - National Final

    The grand final of the 2017 Triumph Design Awards was held on Saturday, 1 July at Triumph’s headquarters in Hinckley, Leicestershire, with an intelligent growth system beating the competition to claim first prize.

    The Design Awards competition, which is open to 16-18 year old students studying a relevant STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), asks entrants to design a product which solves a real world problem. Design Engineers from Triumph shortlisted 26 finalists to exhibit their work at the third national final, during which all entrants had the opportunity to present their design ideas to Senior and Chief Engineers from the Design Department at Triumph.

    First place was awarded to Eneh Alexandra-Ikwue for her project Eva; an intelligent growth system which monitors temperature, humidity, and illuminance, responding appropriately to optimise growing conditions for plants and encourage people to grow food at home. Eneh received the Triumph Design Award trophy, £500 cash, two weeks of paid work experience in the Design department at Triumph, and will be considered for University Sponsorship.

    Second place was awarded to Lewis Duckworth for his project Windsurf Rig Tensioner 'UPLOAD'; an innovative solution to rigging windsurf sails, whilst third place was awarded to Veer Patel for his project Visual Enhancer; a manoeuvrable, cost effective aid to help visually impaired students in classrooms and lecture halls.

    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.

    2017 Competition

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    The Briefs

    Open Brief

    Use the power of engineering to solve a real world problem

    Research and identify a real world problem of your choice, and show how design and engineering has the ability to improve the lives of others. Immerse yourself in the world of the user and fully understand their needs. Then, let your imagination and creativity run wild to create something innovative and well considered.

    You should aim to include some form of mechanical or electrical technology within your submission, though this must be relevant for your product or system. Alternatively you should ensure you demonstrate high levels of validation testing and evaluation using prototypes, calculations, CAD and mass production considerations as appropriate for your design.

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    Submission Requirements

    Entering couldn’t be easier with our new online submissions page, register your interest and follow us on Twitter to be notified when this goes live.

    - 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.

    Good luck!

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