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TU Dublin Student Finalist of Design Innovation in Plastics

Posted: 8 May, 2019

Daniella Kalligorsky, a third-year Product Design student at TU Dublin, has been named a finalist in the prestigious Design Innovation in Plastic awards. Sponsored by Covestro, the international competition is the longest running student plastics design contest in the world.

The judging panel review the 149 entries to the Design Innovation in Plastics competition

Organisers, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Worshipful Company of Horners, set the challenging brief of improving health, wellbeing or encouraging exercise, with a product which has the qualities of longevity and sustainability. The panel of renowned industry judges carefully examined 149 entries at the preliminary judging stage before selecting five finalists, whose entries most closely matched the brief and satisfied the competition criteria.

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

The five finalists are:

Daniella Kalligorsky – 3rd-year product design student, Technological University Dublin

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

Louis Farnsworth, 3rd-year product design student, De Montfort University

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

Christopher Kay – 4th-year product design student, De Montfort University.

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

Namgyun Ryu – 1st-year MSc Integrated Product Design student, Brunel University

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 –  4th year integrated product design student, Brunel University.

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