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50th Anniversary Design Prize now open for entries

Do you have an idea for a product that could change the lives of disabled adults or children, older people or people living with long term health conditions?

We want to support young designers to design innovative new assistive technologies, and the Assistive Technology Design Prize provides a springboard for the development of your product ideas in this area.

You may be about to begin a course in design or engineering, be a university or college undergraduate or about to graduate from a course in design or engineering. We would like to hear from you and encourage you to enter this annual competition.

Applications should be received no later than midday on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Download the Briefing Document

The opportunity

The Assistive Technology Design Prize is offering the winner an opportunity to develop their idea further with the support of the Designability team in Bath:

  • Mentoring from Designability staff to help develop your idea; product design, industrial design, user interface design, mechanical engineering, design research, clinical expertise
  • Access to Designability workshop facilities; 3D printer, CNC milling machine, metal fabrication, soft modelling etc.
  • Dedicated project/desk space at Designability for the development of your idea
  • The winner will have access to £5,000 of funding to support the development of their idea and to cover expenses as required (travel, accommodation and food)

Designability are based at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, Somerset. Ideally the winner will spend their time with Designability between July and September 2018 working from the Designability offices and workshop.

The sponsor

Motability Operations deliver the Motability Scheme, which supports people with disabilities in achieving greater independence, through access to affordable, worry-free mobility, and are pleased to be sponsoring the award this year. They are passionate about improving the lives of their 600,000 customers and families, and focus on meeting their needs.

Along with Designability, Motability Operations want to support young designers to work with the public to design innovative new equipment. They value the support of organisations like Designability who can help mentor students on how to bring great ideas to the market.

Last year's winner

In 2017 Designability ran our first Assistive Technology Design Competition, in association with the Disabled Living Foundation, and invited inspiring new designers to submit their ideas for assistive technology products.

The winner was Lucy Fidgett, an industrial design graduate from Loughborough University. She designed an interactive play mat to encourage social play between a children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) and their parents. The play mat lights up and vibrates in response to touch, providing a sensory environment for child and parents to explore together. This was a final year project as part of her design course at Loughborough University. With the range of technical support and facilities available during her placement at Designability, Lucy has been able to bring her prototype through to a fully working product, and tested the design with children with autism early in November 2017.