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Engineering for Access

Please note: due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, there will be a delay in announcing the shortlist for Engineering for Access 2020. We will endeavour to publish the shortlist as soon as possible.

Engineering for Access

Enter Engineering for Access 2020 and win prototype of your product made PLUS cash prize

If you’ve ever thought to yourself that you’d to utilise your engineering skills and knowledge to create a product that could help improve the lives of others, we’d love for you to enter your ideas for Engineering for Access 2020.

Following a hugely successful first year run of Engineering for Access 2019, and leading product innovation experts Bang Creations are asking undergraduate Engineering students of all disciplines in the UK to create a fantastic product idea that could help to improve the life of someone living with a disability.

You can make your idea as broad or specific as you’d like. For example, you might like to create a product to help someone who struggles with leg movement, or something specifically designed to help someone living with Parkinson’s Disease.

About the Engineering for Access 2020 prize

The winner will receive a prototype of their product made, up to the value of £5,000. If you win, you’ll work with Bang Creations to help bring your product to life as a prototype. So, not only will you have the accolade of winning this award but you’ll also have your product prototype to show for your efforts!

Any cash leftover from the £5,000 budget (to be decided at the discretion of and Bang Creations during prototyping process) will be transferred to the winning student.

Engineering for Access 2020 entry brief

Please answer the following in a Word document, PDF or similar format, and attach it in the entry form below. What we want to see in your entry is:

Be sure to explain the idea in as much detail as possible – our panel of judges need to be able to envision the product in the market for your idea to come out on top! If your idea is chosen as one of 10 on our shortlist, it’ll be featured on our website, so be sure to explain your idea in a way that you’d be happy for us to share.

Before entering, please read the full terms and conditions outlined at the bottom of this page. As a brief overview, all entries must:

If you’d like to submit an entry for Engineering for Access 2020, scroll down for the entry form below

Cameron Lyon

About Engineering for Access 2019 winner, Cameron Lyon


Last year’s winner was Cameron Lyon, an undergraduate Medical Engineering student from Nottingham Trent University. His idea consisted of creating a pillowcase with fibreoptic sensors that would help to detect nighttime seizures in people living with epilepsy. Cameron was inspired to create his pillowcase after hearing about the struggles that his partner’s brother had encountered whilst suffering with epilepsy.

Following his Engineering for Access win, Cameron worked alongside his university to create a prototype of his product with the aim of one day making the product available on the market.

Find out more about Cameron’s design here.

Looking for inspiration for your entry? Check out last years’ shortlisted entries

Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams


Jamie is currently studying Mechanical Design and Manufacture at University of Plymouth. His idea is a steering wheel designed for people living with arthritis that affects their hands.

Click here to view Jamie’s design.

Kristen Tapping

Kristen Tapping


Kristen is currently studying Product Design Engineering at London Southbank University. Her design is a wheelchair solution that helps to both sanitise and improve the function of the pushing mechanism on a standard wheelchair.

Click here to view Kristen’s design.

Alfred Wilmot

Alfred Wilmot


Alfred studies Robotics at University of Plymouth and has designed a wheelchair-mounted robotic arm, to make the lives of people who are dependent on wheelchairs easier.

Click here to view Alfred’s design.

Andrew Barker

Andrew Barker


Andrew is a Mechanical Engineering student at Staffordshire University. Andrew’s design reimagines the wheelchair with caterpillar tracks that will allow the user to navigate tricky terrains, such as bumpy roads or kerbs.

Click here to view Andrew’s design.

Zachary Price

Zachary Price


Zachary is an undergraduate Computer Science student, currently studying at University of Plymouth. He has come up with a design that allows users of sign language to more effectively communicate with people who don’t understand it, by creating a sign-to-text system.

Click here to view Zachary’s design.


Good luck, and don’t forget to enter before 27th February 2020!


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 2020.

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