Students present their products at the DIP competition final

30 May 2018

University students from around the UK presented innovative new products to a panel of judges for the final of the 2018 Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition.

From an original submission of more than 140 entries, six finalists were selected to contest the final of the competition, which is organised by the Institute and the Worshipful Company of Horners, with support from headline sponsor Covestro.

The brief, Branching Out – Design For Garden Innovation, challenged designers to create an innovative product, primarily from plastics, which will better connect people with nature, enhancing the pleasure of gardening or leisure activities within the garden, or by helping to sooth mind and body after a long and stressful day.

Students were asked to present their products to the judging panel, which consisted of experts in the fields of polymers, innovation and design.

Richard Brown, Chairman of the judging panel and managing director of RJG Technologies, said, 'We had six very good finalists the majority of whom had taken on board the advice given to them when the preliminary judging took place, and some had been able to refine their product further. Ultimately, the judges look for deliverables against the brief and this was the overriding factor that separated the finalists.’

Each finalist will be offered a placement with one of the competition sponsors, Brightworks, Covestro HellermannTyton, Innovate Product Design, PDD and RJG Technologies.

Results of the competition will be announced at a ceremony in London on July 6.


Meet the finalists:

  • Syeda Fatima Abedi Manji, De Montfort University: Gingko – a planter for urban spaces designed specifically with children in mind to help their development and promote the joy of gardening.
  • Olivia Alexander, De Montfort University: Buzz – A bee friendly planter that administers an anti-mite chemical directly to the bees.
  • Lewis Brown, Teesside University: Dynamic Grip – an ergonomic garden multi-tool targeting gardeners with arthritis.
  • Zeina Mofti, Brunel University: G Cycle – a product which combines modern indoor gardening with home aquariums to enhance wellbeing, by providing a calm and relaxing environment.
  • William Oughton, Brunel University: Bulb Garden Furniture – a set of garden accessories designed to enhance and add function to unattractive fencing.
  • Alex Roquero, Brunel University: Hook – a portable balcony shelf which hooks to any kind of railing, thereby optimising space in reduced areas.