Triumph Design Awards grand final – Saturday 7th July 2018

On Saturday 7th July 2018 the national final of the Triumph Design Awards was held at Triumph’s headquarters in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The competition was open to 16-18 year old students of a relevant STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and entrants were challenged to design a product to solve a real world problem.
Design Engineers from Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. shortlisted 26 finalists from across the UK to exhibit their work during the grand finals. All entrants had the opportunity to present their projects to Senior Engineers from the Design Department at Triumph. The judges were looking for evidence in 6 key areas:

  •  Engineering
  • Innovation
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Communication
  • Visual design
  • Commercial awareness

The competition attracted a huge variety of innovative ideas from a medical delivery drone for disaster relief work to a portable work station to help reduce screen glare on laptops when working outside.

This year Shonak Joshi from King Edward’s School in Birmingham was awarded first prize for their project HALO Smart Protect – a single smart device for protecting vulnerable and elderly people by alerting their relatives, via their smartphone, when the device detected high levels of harmful gas 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. Shonak hopes to go on to study engineering at university, specialising in electrical engineering. He was awarded the Triumph Design Award winners trophy, £500 cash, two weeks of paid work experience in the Design department at Triumph, and will be considered for University Sponsorship. Shonak said “It’s been really great being able to come to the factory and I’m really looking forward to visiting again for my work experience.”

Second prize was awarded to Olly Cross from Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood, Middlesex for their Variable Speed Winch project, and third prize was awarded to George Laight from King Edward’s School in Birmingham for their Fold Up Cable Cam project. They each received a Triumph Design awards trophy, cash prize and one weeks work experience in the Design Department at Triumph.

The Committee Prize was awarded to Shrey Shah, Highgate School with his smartphone enabled remote pet feeder GCSE project.
Lord Digby Jones, Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. attended the awards to speak and award the prizes to the finalists.

Lord Digby Jones, Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles says “What a wonderful display of sheer talent, innovation and courage – if our country could bottle what I have seen today – winners and those who made it to the final – then we have nothing to fear. Thank you for making my day – the engineering stars of tomorrow.”

The keynote speech was delivered by Professor Karen M Holford CBE, FREng, CEng, FIMechE, FLSW, FWES, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University.

Professor Karen M Holford CBE, FREng, CEng, FIMechE, FLSW, FWES, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University says “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 aims to inspire the Engineers of the future 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 Triumph Design Awards 2019 will open for entries in March next year.

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