The 2021 Brief

Design For Healthcare

Plastic Products that Make a Difference

Design an innovative product for use in any part of the healthcare sector, whether at home or in the hospital, which retains the necessary properties for demanding applications, but which also exploits the longevity of plastics.

In many sectors of the healthcare industry, plastics perform a vital role in helping to stop the spread of bacteria and infectious diseases by combining innovative product design with their hygienic properties.

The Covid pandemic, for instance, has provided recent examples of products produced from plastics which are used in hospitals, care homes or even in our own houses.

However, the majority of these products are single use and are not recycled because of the risk of cross-contamination and cost or feasibility to re-sterilise.

You are therefore challenged to design an innovative product for use in any part of the healthcare sector, whether at home or in the hospital, which retains the necessary properties for demanding applications, but which also exploits the longevity of plastics.  It should be cost competitive and have the benefit of being multi-use or at least have the potential to be re-purposed, as well as being recyclable, thereby minimising the environmental impact of disposal.

The Brief

Timeline

  • Registration (Now Closed)

    Register for the award through the DIP website
    Registration opens Monday 5th October 2020 and closes 23:00 on Sunday 28 February 2021.

  • Submission of Entries (Now Closed)

    Email your entry to the Award Administrator by 23:00 on Sunday 28 March 2021

  • Initial Judging

    Tuesday, 13 April, 2021- The Judges review all the entries and select the best six to be finalists. The judges give comments to each finalist on ways to improve their design.

  • Final Judging

    Friday, 28 May, 2021- The six finalists present their designs to the judges and answer their questions.

  • Presentation of the Awards

    Friday, 2 July, 2021 – The six finalists present their designs to an invited audience and the results are announced.

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