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Engineering trophy design competition opens

Screenshot of the QE Engineering trophy design software
The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, which is supported by BAE Systems, has launched a competition for young people in the UK to design the iconic trophy that will be presented to the winner of the prestigious £1 million international prize next year. The winner will receive a £5,000 prize.

Any 16 to 24 year old in the UK is invited to submit a design using unique digital software that has been specially developed for the trophy competition. Particular interest is expected from those studying or working in art, design, fashion and technology, as well as those studying or working in engineering. The winning entry will reflect the creativity, power and importance of engineering so that the trophy is a symbol of the integral role the engineering profession plays in society.

Every finalist will see their designs prototyped by BAE Systems using  state-of-the-art 3D printing techniques and will  go on to present their prototyped design in person to the panel of judges, which includes architect Dame Zaha Hadid; Director of the Tate, Sir Nicholas Serota; Science Museum director, Ian Blatchford; Design Museum director, Deyan Sudjic; and Engineer, Yewande Akinola.

The design software can be downloaded free from the Queen Elizabeth Prize website and must be used by everyone entering the competition.

Head of the QE Prize trustees, Lord Browne of Madingley said, “The aim of the Queen Elizabeth Prize is to celebrate global engineering excellence and it’s absolutely vital that the trophy embodies all that is inspirational about engineering. It’ll be quite a challenge for the UK’s young designers but I’m sure they’re up to the task.”

For more details about the competition, including the rules and conditions and to submit entries go to: Entrants must be at least 16 years old and no older than 24 years old on 12 November 2012, and resident in the UK (proof of age will be required at the shortlisting stage). Entries are via the website and must be the work of an individual, not a team alongside their design, entrants must also submit a short (250 word) written statement on the inspiration behind their design and how it represents the spirit of modern engineering. The competition closes on 12 November 2012.