Triumph Design Awards
Published 1st November 2018
The Triumph Design Awards is a National competition for 16-18 year olds to inspire the next generation of engineers by:
- Celebrating the design achievements of our country’s young Engineers.
- Demonstrating how the same skills are used by Engineers in industry.
- Inspiring all young people with the prospect of a career in which their ideas can become a reality.
The brief is: “Use the power of engineering and design to solve a real-world problem”. Students need to enter a short summary of a project they have been working on, after which the projects will be judged by Chief Engineers from Triumph on engineering, aesthetics, responsibility, innovation and commercial factors, with the aim of getting students to understand the broad remit that engineering covers.
In the past, the Triumph Design Awards have attracted a wide variety of projects, from sustainable architecture to medical delivery drones. The entries can be any individual project that the student has been working on in their spare time, after school club or even their coursework.
Finalists are invited to present their project at Triumph HQ in Hinckley to a panel of judges, consisting of top engineers and experts in the industry. Prizes for the winning students include a special Triumph Design Awards trophy, paid work experience in the Triumph Design teams as well as cash prizes and a factory tour for their school.
Lord Digby Jones, former Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment & current Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles says:
“The development of Design & Engineering skills cannot start at too young an age. Our Country needs thousands of skilled young women & men every year if we are to win through in Asia's Century & provide good quality jobs & also taxable business profits to pay for our NHS & schools.
The Triumph Design Awards are ticking every box in this quest. Rewarding in so many ways; I congratulate not only all the winners but also everyone who takes part; great stuff!”
The Triumph Design Awards Finals 2018 took place on July and attracted a very high calibre of students and innovative projects. As well as the judging, the day involved number of talks and activities to introduce the students to what engineering means and to help them draw parallels between industry and what they do at school, including a race car simulator from Cardiff University and a “Design to Dealer” workshop.
Shonak Joshi was awarded first prize for his project “HALO Smart Protect” – a single smart device for protecting vulnerable and elderly people living alone by alerting their relatives via their smartphones when the device detects harmful gases or smoke. The judges were particularly impressed with the way he had considered how the users would interact with the system and the thought that had gone into the electronic and software design.
Other prize winners included Olly Cross from Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood who won the runners up prize for his Variable Speed Winch project, and third prize was awarded to George Laight from King Edward’s School in Birmingham for his Fold Up Cable Cam project. The Committee Prize was awarded to Shrey Shah, Highgate School with his Smartphone Enabled Remote Pet Feeder GCSE project.
The keynote speech was delivered by Professor Karen M Holford CBE, FREng, CEng, FIMechE, FLSW, FWES, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University who said: “Absolutely fabulous day, fantastic to see so many young people with brilliant ideas that they've turned into a real-life product. The finalists have shown all the attributes they need to be great engineers.”
The Triumph Design Awards 2019 will open for entries in March next year, however, you can register your interest on the website now to keep up to date with the latest news about the competition and all the latest updates.
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