Organised yearly by the Institute of Materials & Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners, the Design Innovation in Plastics competition brings together creative young minds to tackle some of the most pressing global issues.
This year’s edition challenged over 100 students to create innovative products that encourage a ‘Healthy Body – Healthy World’, with only five contestants chosen to pitch their design to the judging panel during the final of the competition.
Ranging from reusable syringe systems that could reduce the NHS’ plastic syringe usage by 97.8% and products aimed at minimising food waste, to walking assistance aids and breathing solutions for asthmatics, this year’s finalists proposed shifting plastics from single to permanent uses.
EnviroJect – reusable syringe system by Christopher Kay
POTLUCK – food waste solution by Kai Wang
Tri Walker – walking aid by Namgyun Ryu
Air – smart breathing aid for asthmatics by Louis Farnsworth
Daniella Kaligorsky, a third-year student at Technological University of Dublin and designer of the 1st Prize-winning ‘CHEKKIT’, will be joining the PDD team on a placement next year as part of her winning prize. With CHEKKIT, Daniella wants to raise breast cancer awareness by facilitating self-examination through the simulation of the physical symptoms of the disease.
The product is made up of three sections: an outer skin layer, an inner region for the simulated breast tissue and tumour and a back-plate that mimics the ribs. The kit also has an instructions guide and essential information on how to recognise 12 possible symptoms.
CHEKKIT – breast cancer self-examination kit by Daniella Kaligorsky
We would like to congratulate Daniella on her achievements and we look forward to collaborating with her on projects that have a positive impact on the users and our planet.