Engineering for Access
WIN a prototype of your design PLUS a cash prize
Ever considered creating the latest innovation in technology for people living with disabilities? Want to help make their lives a little easier? Well here’s your chance!
We’re asking Engineering students of all disciplines across the UK to come up with a fantastic product idea that can really make a difference to the lives of people living with a disability.
The winner will receive a prototype of their product made, up to the value of £5,000 – a great start for any students looking to break into the industry! Any funds leftover from that will be transferred straight to your pocket, so the challenge here is to create something revolutionary, AND also cost effective.
You can make your idea as broad or as specific as you’d like. For example, you might design a device to help people who struggle with leg movement, or something specifically designed to help someone living with Parkinsons.
The choice is yours!
Just be sure to explain the idea in as much detail as you can – we need to be able to envision the product in the market.
What you must do to enter
Please answer the following in a word document or PDF file, and attach it in the entry form below. What we’d like to know is:
- What your invention does
- Who is your product designed to help? Think about age groups, disability etc
- Why have you chosen to create something for this disability in particular?
- What gave you the idea? Is there a similar product that could be improved?
- How it works
- Why is your design different to any other product currently available?
- What do you estimate the cost of getting a prototype made for your design might be?
If your entry is chosen as one of our top 10, it will be featured on our website – so be sure to explain your idea in a way that you’re happy for us to publish!
All entries need to:
- Be submitted by entry form (email entries, or supporting information won’t be accepted)
- Include full contact details
- Have attached a word document or PDF including your design and accompanying explanation as outlined above
- Be submitted by UK residents studying an undergraduate engineering degree
- Be submitted by the 28th January 2019
Please also make sure any entries are written in English, with good grammar and spelling. Any incomplete or illegible entries will be excluded from consideration, at our judge’s discretion.
As per our terms and conditions, the competition is only open to undergraduate students currently studying at a UK based university in an Engineering discipline. Any entrants that do not meet this criteria will be excluded from consideration.
If you have any images of your proposed product, feel free to share them alongside your entry! This can include any sketches and CAD renderings that will help support your idea – but this is not a key component of your entry.
We’re more interested in innovative products that have the potential to really improve the lives of people living with disability.
About the prize
If you are chosen as the winner of Engineering for Access 2019, we’ll work with Bang Creations to bring your product to life as a prototype. So, not only will you have the accolade of winning this award, you’ll also have the prototype to show.
And, as a reminder, any cash leftover from the £5,000 budget will go straight to you at the discretion of Bang Creations and Claims.co.uk during the prototyping process.
Good luck… don’t forget to enter before 28th January 2019!
Thank you for entering Engineering for Access - entries are now closed. We're reviewing your entries, and will announce a winner on this page in 2019.
Terms & Conditions
- Entrants must be aged 18 and over.
- Proof of registration will be required before monies will be released.
- All entrants MUST be existing undergraduate students in any Engineering discipline.
- All competition entrants must be permanent residents in the UK.
- This competition is NOT open to employees of Claims.co.uk, their families or anyone else associated with this competition. The Marketing Director’s decision as to the eligibility of non-Claims.co.uk parties will be final.
- You may be asked to provide proof of your eligibility at any stage during this competition.
- Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries on behalf of another person and joint entries will not be accepted.
- Offensive, incomplete, incomprehensible or incorrectly completed entries will not be counted.
- Claims.co.uk do not accept responsibility for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason.
- All entries will be given careful consideration and must be written in English.
- A shortlist will be published in advance of the announcement of the winner.
- We reserve the right to request proof of award winners’ identity in the form of a passport or driving licence and proof of address in the form of a utility bill dated within the previous 12 months. If the award winner is unable to supply proof of identity in an acceptable format, we may withdraw the prize and select another winner.
- By entering the competition, you grant to Claims.co.uk, its agents, and others working under its authority, full and free use of any information regarding your entry during the competition process. You agree that we may publish and share your name, age, location, your submitted entry, details of your prize and information related to your entry. You will retain ownership of copyright in your entry but you give Claims.co.uk (and any third party authorised by Claims.co.uk) your irrevocable permission to use, reproduce, publish, display, transmit, copy, amend, store and sub-licence your entry worldwide for such promotional purposes and for the purposes of the competition.
- Entrants agree to take part in promotional activity if entry is shortlisted and agree that images or quotations may be used for news, research and/or educational purposes in any medium including but not limited to printed publications, displays, on television or on the Claims.co.uk website intranet or social media properties.
Prize & Delivery
- We allow up to £5,000 towards the cost of the winning submission being created by a prototype company chosen by Claims. Any remaining funds will be paid to the winner upon completion of the prototype and at Claims.co.uk’s discretion.
- The winning entry will be published online at www.claims.co.uk/engineering-for-access
- We award cash prizes in the form of a cheque in the name of the prize-winner.
- The prizes are not transferable and non-exchangeable.
- Claims.co.uk reserves the right to make changes to the rules of the competition at any given time. In the event that we do amend the rules, we will publish them and it is the sole duty of any entrant to keep themselves up to date with any changes.
- Claims.co.uk reserves the right to end this promotion at any time, and without notice.
- If there is any disagreement over the rules, conduct or decision made by Claims.co.uk, we want to make it clear that our decision is final. We will not enter any discussion with entrants who disagree with the rules or the winner chosen by Claims.co.uk.
- By entering this competition, you agree that you will be legally bound by these terms and conditions. These Terms & Conditions shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of England and Wales.