With a little under a month to go before the deadline for registering your entry for this year’s competition (February 28), if you are in two minds, you may be asking yourself, what’s in it for me?
Well, apart from the clear benefits of the pride you gain from winning or being a finalist in one of the most prestigious and long established student design competitions of its type, there are other practical benefits to taking part.
All the finalists and their universities receive cash prizes to celebrate their success, and this is the only competition which offers the additional prize of short work placements with sponsors, who include some of the most respected and sought-after product and design companies in the business.
Finalists have been able to spend time with DIP sponsors: Brightworks UK, the product design and development consultant; Innovate Product Design, which helps people turn ideas into viable products; PDD, the design and innovation company; and RJG Technologies, which offers support, training and advice for those involved in the injection moulding industry. Winners have also visited the headquarters of our key industry headline sponsor, Covestro, a global leader in polymer solutions, in Leverkusen, Germany, to meet some of their key innovation and design experts.
Our finalists receive important feedback and advice from our eminent industry judges during the competition, to help them enhance their product before it is judged in the final. They also have the opportunity to consult our judges for mentoring advice and tips, should they want further help after the competition on developing their product or if they want the answer to any queries on subjects such as marketing or intellectual property.
Students and their universities gain a raised profile from the publicity resulting from their participation as finalists. All the finalists are individually highlighted and news of their success given to regional and industry media, including our partners, British Plastics & Rubber; Materials World – the magazine of DIP joint owner, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3); and Mould Technology. Additionally, the winner receives an invitation to the annual banquet of the Worshipful Company of Horners, our other competition owner, at the Mansion House, London.
But, enough from us! Here’s what the current champion, Kristen Tapping (London South Bank University), says:
“Winning DIP 2020 was a big accomplishment as there were many great entries from all over the UK and Ireland. Beyond simply giving you a monetary prize, DIP gives you the support and connections to break into the industry and even possibly take your winning concept to a commercial level.
“Since winning, I have been made a member of the Worshipful Company of Horners; received abundant international coverage, including The Independent and The Gadget Show; been invited by Covestro and Red Bull to give speeches, and been approached by local authorities and private businesses to trial my product. I highly recommend students to enter the competition and give it all you’ve got!”
Quotes from finalists in recent years:
“The feedback provided by the judges before the final presentation was very useful for refining my design and differentiates the DIP competition from the others I have experienced.”
“The most meaningful thing for me is that my design has been recognised by professional judges.”
“This competition has instilled confidence in the level of work I am achieving as a graduate entering the industrial design industry.”
“The feedback given was very useful and has really helped me develop my product design skills further.”
“DIP has definitely encouraged me to explore the plastic industry further. Plastics are particularly versatile and are invaluable for mass production and rapid prototyping”.