Design in Plastics Award winner announced

8 Jul 2019

On Friday 5 July 2019, The Worshipful Company of Horners held the final of the Design Plastics Competition in association with IOM3. First place was awarded to Daniella Kaligorsky for her vision and outstanding product development of the breast cancer examination kit.

Daniella, a third year Product Design student from Technological University Dublin, came up with CHECKKIT, a kit which shows how to conduct a self-examination for breast cancer. It includes models that simulate the breast and the physical symptoms of breast cancer and it also has a brochure to explain what to do and how to recognise 12 possible symptoms, along with a notebook to log results.

Richard Brown, chairman of judges, said the panel was extremely impressed with Daniella’s thorough research into the medical and practical need, her comprehensive review of materials to get the right texture and touch for her product, along with her analysis of manufacturing methods, costs, end user experience and sustainability. 

In second place came Kai Wang from Brunel University, UK. His product, POTLUCK, is a clever combined cooking and storage device that encourages and simplifies the production of stock cubes using food waste.

Christopher Kay from De Montfort University, UK, was awarded third place with his product EnviroJect – a re-usable syringe system, providing a safe and sustainable method of administering medications.

Highly commended awards went to:

  • Louis Farnsworth, 3rd year product design student from De Montfort University, whose product, Air, is a smart breathing aid for asthmatics to reduce asthma flare up and irritation to the lungs and airway when exercising
  • Namgyun Ryu, a 1st year MSc Integrated Product Design student from Brunel University, with Tri Walker – a walking aid for the elderly providing enhanced mobility improved functionality over conventional walking aids.

IOM3 President Professor Serena Best CBE FREng FIMMM praised all the finalists stating, 'It is great to see such innovation in plastics at a time when they are receiving bad press'.

The Design in Plastics Competition is held annually to encourage university students to come up with brand new products made primarily of plastic. The 2020 theme is 'Improving Lifestyle – Saving Resources: A product for urban living'.

For more information on the competition or to enter for next year, visit