District 1070 Young Designer Competition

Logo: Rotary District 1070 Young Designer - a Rotary International logo forming part of a series of interlocking cogs.

District 1070 Young Designer Competition 2019

Unfortunately the Young Designer contest 2019 has had to be cancelled. New rules introduced by the education authorities forbid GCSE and A level designs being exhibited in public before the exam results are released. The schools are therefore unable to enter candidates work and it has therefore, sadly, been necessary to cancel the event.

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 2018


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.

You can see the full range of prizes here

Competition information:

Please use this Poster to promote the competition in schools and colleges.

Competition detail information and rules.

You can  Download Competition Rules 2019.  

The District Young Designer final will be held on Saturday 15th  June 2019 in the Hugh Aston Building, The  DeMontfort University, Leicester Campus, Parking:  Postcode  LE2 7DP

How to enter : Action Plan

If your school or college is covering the Design Technology curriculum then this gives the students an opportunity to demonstrate their work to a wider audience outside the exam system. It may also result in the student being given the opportunity to further refine their project and perhaps take it to market. So Promote the competition in your school or college and agree the number of entrants with your local Rotary club. If numbers permit, the Rotary club will arrange a local competition and put forward up to four entrants into the District final. Then support your student through the local competition and District final.

For more information contact the competition organiser Rotarian Diana Esho at the Rotary Club of Leicester

Critical dates:

Sponsoring Rotary club to reserve spaces for entrants for the District competition by 11th  May 2019.

Download Reservation form 2019.  

Individual entry forms to be received by 25 May 2019

Download Entry form 2019.  


You can download the full  2018 results here, ( list under preparation)