District 1070 Young Designer Competition

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District 1070 Young Designer Competition 2018

This is a competition for young entrepreneurs and inventors to showcase their design ideas and skills. This provides excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate the practical and commercial application of their designs against the best within the whole of our district. Entries are judged on their innovation and practical attributes.

Open to all schools and colleges within Rotary District 1070, the competition is based around the design coursework curriculum for GCSE and A/S level student projects in Textiles, Resistant Materials (wood, metal, plastic), graphics and electronics, however this competition is not judged on the same criteria as GCSE or A level.

The entry expectation is for a physical model or design piece to be exhibited with a limited amount of concept design and research paperwork. The judges will not have time to review extensive research material, they are looking for an imaginative unique concept that demonstrates a student’s ability and understanding to design innovatively.

All student entrants must be aged 14 to 17 on the 31st August 2017


Prizes are awarded for both GCSE and A level entries,

Each group awarded 1st, £100.00, 2nd £75.00, 3rd £50.00.

There are additional awards for innovation and craftsmanship.

The overall winner, (The Young Designer of the Year) is awarded an ‘entrepreneur package’, from De Montfort University, with academic support and mentoring, along with a Rotary Trophy and a cash prize.

Competition information:

Use this Poster to promote the competition in schools and colleges.

Competition detail information and rules.

Download Competition Rules 2018.  

The District Young Designer final will be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 at The DeMontfort University, Leicester Campus, Parking:  Postcode  LE2 7DP

Rotary clubs:

Contact all your schools and colleges in your area covering the Design Technology curriculum. Promote the competition and agree the number of entrants. If numbers permit, arrange a local competition and put forward up to four entrants into the District final.

Critical dates:

Sponsoring Rotary club to reserve spaces for entrants by 11th  May 2018.

Download Reservation form 2018.  

Individual entry forms to be received by 1st June 2018.

Download Entry form 2018.  

Schools and Colleges:

Nominate students through your local Rotary club, and support your student through the local competition and District final.

Young Designer competition 2017 – Press release

DeMontfort University hosts Rotary Contest spotlighting designers of the future

A canny invention for the motorsport world scooped the top prize in a young designers’ showdown hosted by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

A-level student Oliver Warner (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus) was named Young Designer of the Year at the competition organised by District 1070 Rotary Clubs after impressing the judges with his neat idea for a maintenance lift to make it easier to service go-karts.

Oliver, a pupil at Leicester Grammar School, was thrilled with his victory. “I still can’t believe that I’ve won the award as there were some excellent products on display.” He went on to say that, “I feel that there were many designers there who were equally deserving of the award.”

Other students who scooped prizes hailed from Ashby School, Uppingham School, Leicester High School for Girls, and Lutterworth college, all of whom were showcasing varied innovative work, and were amongst more than 40 students from schools across Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire who took part in the challenge, which aims to inspire the next generation of designers.

Oliver Warner’s light bulb moment happened after a chat with the owner of a go-kart track in Sutton in the Elms, near Broughton Astley in Leicestershire.

“He mentioned that in order to work on the corporate karts that are hired out to the general public, he needed four people to lift them onto a stand as they’re​ significantly heavier than a traditional race kart. He told me that because of this he normally leaves the karts on the ground to work on them and this is not a very comfortable position to work in”.

“I then set about designing a framework which would allow the karts to be lifted into an ergonomic position whilst only requiring one operator”.

“I’m going to work with him to develop the idea further and to improve the functionality of the lift. And then we’ll see where it goes from there.”

Oliver’s device features an electric scissor jack powered by a 12 volt car battery, and an electric winch.

After his A-levels are finished, Oliver hopes to land an apprenticeship with a motorsport team.

Aside from his trophy, Oliver won an entrepreneurial support package from DMU, involving one-to-one sessions with the careers team, access to seminars and the chance to speak to students who have successfully developed creative businesses.

GCSE student Evie Loyal, (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oadby Launde) won the most innovative textile design, for a funky dress and jacket with a retro feel.

Evie’s stylish entry was influenced by the work of a British fashion icon who was at the height of her creative powers four decades before the young Leicester designer was born.

“The inspiration came from the 1960s fashion designer, Mary Quant,” said the Sir Jonathan North Community College student. “I used strong colours and bold prints to create my unique designs.

“I was surprised, but very proud when I received the award.”

The Young Designer Competition is a partnership between District 1070 Rotary Clubs,which stretch across the East Midlands, DMU, local schools and colleges.

Event co-ordinator Colin Derrick, of the Rotary Club of Leicester, said: “I felt a great sense of pride that once again, the combined efforts of De Montfort University and Rotary groups across the East Midlands afforded  such talented young designers an opportunity to showcase their work.

“The day was a triumph, a unique combination of ability, determination, and dexterity.”

The panel of judges included Helen Burbidge, senior lecturer in fashion and textiles at DMU, architect Peter Collier, senior partner at Pick Everard, and Hilary Painter, treasurer of the Rotary Club of Blaby.


Yyou can download the full  2017 results here, Download 2017 Final.