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Health & Wellbeing product for the self-care agenda

The 2025 Brief

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The global healthcare and wellbeing market is estimated to be worth more than $1.5 trillion, with annual growth predicted between 5 and 10 per cent. With this increasing focus on health and personal wellbeing, there is significant demand for products that seamlessly integrate into daily life while promoting physical and mental wellness for health-conscious individuals. 

 

You are invited to design a product, primarily from plastics, which meets the trend of consumers seeking to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.  For example, consideration could be given to indoor or outdoor products which encourage consumers to attain their fitness goals or which allow users to monitor their own symptoms between medical appointments.  Ultimately, with  potential users ranging from young adults to the elderly, a wide range of exciting and innovative ideas and opportunities exist!

 

Your design must be original, and needs to be a physical product, not an app, so please undertake a thorough research of existing products and patents to ensure the uniqueness of your idea. Particular consideration should also be given to sustainability and life cycle, together with manufacturing costs and commercial potential of your idea.  Please refer to sections on our website detailing judges’ criteria, and how to submit.

Brief

Timeline

31       March 2025            Submission deadline
           TBD                        Preliminary judging
           TBD                        Sumitomo Demag course
           TBD                         Final Judging

           TBD                         Award ceremony

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Prizes

1st                                                     £1,000
2nd                                                    £750
3rd                                                     £500
Highly Commended                          £250
All six finalists receive a cash prize, a placement with a DIP sponsor or an industrial course, and a year’s affiliate membership of IOM3.

How to Submit

1.   Create a single pdf file with max A3 pages at 120 dpi resolution

2.   Do NOT include name or university on your A3 slides

3.   Name your file: DIP_ University_Surname, i.e. DIP_TDUB_Taylor

4.   Email your files if smaller than 25MB it to: dip.award@gmail.com. If files are larger than 25MB,  use WeTransfer to send it to us (not to exceed 6MB)

5.   Wait for a confirmation from us that we got your entry. If you don't receive one, follow up with us.

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Judge's Criteria

1. Adherence to brief:proof that the design has addressed what is required and the circular economy has been addressed and understood. 

2. Originality:innovation in function, form or use of materials, or a radical solution to an existing problems been demonstrated. Investigation of IP and patents has been undertaken. 

3. Manufacture:indication that issues of cost-effective and sustainable production have been considered, from tooling and manufacture to marketing and disposal; an imaginative, intelligent and appropriate use of polymers, indicating that research has been carried out into materials and processing. 

4. Sustainability:evidence that an understanding of the principles of sustainability has been applied to the design.

5. Presentation:a clear representation of the design and method of construction, and an indication of all the materials used. The first sheet should clearly explain, in five bullet points, why your design answers the brief. Maximum 10 points

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