Finalists for Design Innovation in Plastics 2019 Awards announced

8 May 2019

Five young designers have been shortlisted by a judging panel for the final of the Design Innovation in Plastics competition in July 2019.

As an organiser, alongside the Worshipful Company of Horners, IOM3 is pleased to have set the challenging brief of improving health, wellbeing or encouraging exercise, with a product which has the qualities of longevity and sustainability.

The design award is one of the longest running student plastics design competitions of its type, held every year to encourage university students to come up with brand new products made primarily of plastic.

More than 140 entries were submitted and judged at the preliminary judging before selecting five finalists at the final. Chairman of judges, Richard Brown (RJG Technologies), commented, 'The brief this year was quite wide-ranging and was clearly open to different interpretations – but also provided the opportunity for more original thought'.

The finalists go through to a final judging round on 24 May 2019, and the overall results will be announced at a ceremony on 5 July 2019 in London. The winner will receive a trip to Germany to visit the headline sponsor Covestro, along with a cash prize. A key feature of the competition is that every finalist also receives short industry placement with one of the competition sponsors including Brightworks, HellermannTyton, Innovate Product Design, PDD and RJG Technologies.

The five finalists are:

Louis Farnsworth, design student at De Montfort University, UK.

Product Name: Air - A smart breathing aid for asthmatics to reduce asthma flare up and irritation to the lungs and airway when exercising.

Daniella Kalligorsky, product design student at Technological University Dublin, Ireland.

Product name: Checkkit  – A new way to raise breast cancer awareness by promoting self-examination.

Christopher Kay, product design student at De Montfort University, UK.

Product name: EnviroJect – a re-usable syringe system, providing a 97.8% reduction in plastic syringe wastage per year within the NHS.

Namgyun Ryu, integrated product design student at Brunel University, UK.

Product name: Tri Walker – A walking assistant product for enhanced mobility and health for the elderly, adding improved functionality to conventional walking aids.

Kai Wang, integrated product design student, Brunel University, UK.

Product: Potluck - A combined cooking and storage device that encourages and simplifies the production of stock cubes using avoidable food waste.

Congratulations to all those who entered and to this year’s finalists. For more information on the competition, visit