The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) is inviting aspiring young designers from across the world to take part in the international “Create the Trophy” competition.
The competition, previously open to UK residents only, will see entrants design a trophy to be awarded to the next winner(s) of the £1M QEPrize.
The biennial QEPrize celebrates the engineer or group of engineers responsible for a ground breaking innovation that has had a significant positive impact on humanity.
Applicants aged 14 to 24 are invited to design the trophy for the 2017 QEPrize, capturing the spirit of modern engineering. Entrants will put their design skills to the test, building their creations using a smartphone and tablet app. The app is available to download through the App Store and Google Play.
In addition to seeing their design 3D printed into the finished trophy, the winner will receive a new laptop computer and an invitation to the 2017 QEPrize Award Ceremony in London, including travel and accommodation.
The entries will be judged by a panel of designers and engineers led by Science Museum director Ian Blatchford. Accompanying Blatchford on the judging panel will be Mark Miodownik, materials scientist at University College London; Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer at Interserve; and Rebeca Ramos, a designer at Heatherwick Studio.
The competition will close at midday (UTC) on 4 January 2017. The winner of the Create the Trophy competition will be announced alongside the winner of the 2017 QEPrize in early February.
“The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates global excellence in engineering and seeks to inspire the next generation. The Create the Trophy competition gives young people the opportunity to play a vital role in this world-renowned prize, testing their skills with the latest in 3D design technology,” said chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, Lord Browne of Madingley.
“Engineering is an international pursuit and it is a pleasure this year to open up the competition beyond the UK, inviting young designers from across the world to Create the Trophy for the 2017 QEPrize.”
Blatchford added: “A competition with such a prominent international standing as the QEPrize deserves a truly international trophy. With submissions accepted for the first time from a worldwide audience, competition will be fierce, and I look forward to seeing entrants rise to the challenge of capturing the heart of engineering in their designs.”
The inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was awarded in 2013.