Triumph Design Awards, Grand Final – Saturday 2nd July 2022

Saturday 2nd July 2022 saw the 7th national final of the Triumph Design Awards held at the Triumph global headquarters in Hinckley, Leicestershire. This year the competition was expanded to include 14-16 year old students studying GCSE subjects in addition to 16-18 year old students studying at A-Level. Entrants were challenged to design a product to solve a real world problem, and then to present their solution to the judges.

Design Engineers from Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. shortlisted 21 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 Triumph. The judges were looking for evidence in 5 key areas:

  • Engineering
  • Innovation
  • Environment
  • Aesthetics
  • Commerce

The competition attracted a huge variety of innovative ideas from a Digital Boxing Glove to an Automated Piano Pedal Pusher for Paraplegic Pianists.

Separate prizes were awarded to GCSE and A-Level students.

The GCSE Overall Prize went to Ho Wan from Loughborough Grammar School with Hybrid Hygiene; a combined thermometer, anti-bacterial gel and mask dispenser in an innovative single package. As well as the coveted TDA trophy, Ho Wan wins a £250 cash prize, and special Factory Experience day at the Triumph HQ where he can experience all elements that go into taking a motorcycle from design to it ending up in a dealership.

The A-Level Overall Prize was awarded to Jacob from Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi. Jacob designed a Portable Blood Centrifuge as part of a Malaria testing kit that can be used in remote areas of the world where access to an electricity supply is not possible. Current solutions involve taking generators and electrical centrifuges to perform this task, but the kit designed by Jacob can easily be carried in a small backpack. Jacob wins the TDA trophy, £500 cash prize and paid work experience at Triumph.

Winners in the GCSE Category include:

Hal from King’s College School Wimbledon won the Engineering Prize with Screw It; an outdoor drinks holder that screws into the ground.

Shaan from Merchant Taylors School Northwood won the Impact on Society Prize with a Hydroponic growing system.

Matt from Haberdashers Boys Elstree won the Innovation Prize with Spray Away; a refillable aerosol sunscreen dispenser.

Winners in the A-Level Category include:

Lucy from Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College won the Engineering Prize with Working Healthy; an outdoor work pod.

Mohammed from Merchant Taylors’ School won the Impact on Society Prize with a Sustainable Bamboo Tricycle.

Benjamin from King Henry VIII School Abergavenny won the Innovation Prize with Toe Tector; a cricket shoe toe protection device.

The keynote speech was given by Emilie Weaving, author of The Female Engineer Blog and STEM ambassador. Emilie has already had a diverse career in engineering having worked at a Ducati motorcycle dealership as a technician, worked for a British Superbike team as a mechanic, before joining JCB as an engineering apprentice. Emilie was awarded JCB Apprentice of the Year in 2018 and was also runner up National Apprentice of the Year.

The prizes were awarded by Lord Digby Jones, Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. who also delivered a speech congratulating all who entered the competition.

Lord Digby Jones, Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles said: “The development of Design and Engineering skills cannot start at too young an age. Our Country needs thousands of talented, skilled young men and women every year if we are to compete in a diverse and highly competitive global marketplace. 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, well done to them all!”

The Triumph Design Awards aims to Inspire Future 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 Triumph Design Awards will return in 2023.


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