Design Museum presents: The Great Competition


Calling all budding designers with a passion for sustainability and the environment. Design Museum presents: The Great Competition, a brand new design and engineering competition for 2018-2019.

The Design Museum has partenered with the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851 to bring you a brand new national competion focussing on sustainable manufacturing. The competition aims to promote multi-disciplinary collaboration and greater industrial innovation between design and engineering, encouraging students to develop innovative solutions that tackle today’s most pressing social and environmental issues.


Develop and design a new product, service, system or digital tool that enables or supports sustainable manufacturing and production.


  • 14 January 2019: Online registration and submission opens.
  • 16 April 2019: Final registration and submission deadline at 17:00GMT.
  • May 2019: Judges select short-listed submissions.
  • 30 May 2019: Final Judging and Awards Celebration and Masterclass for shortlisted students.


  • Undergraduate students only.
  • Applicants can be from design, design engineering, engineering or any related course or discipline anywhere in the UK.
  • Entries will be accepted from both individuals and teams.
  • Entries do not have to be expressly developed in response to The Great Competition brief, and may be current coursework.

As we live and study in the developed Western world, it is our negative consumption and production habits that are being copied by the world at large, which is having a hugely detrimental effect on the environment. Statistically, as a planet we are using the natural resources of 1.7 planets. Our habits need to change, and it is down to designers to come up with small solutions that can grow into big impacts.

Sustainable manufacturing aims to produce goods and services in ways that don’t harm the environment. Within the brief of The Great Competition, applicants are encouraged to look at the social, ecological and economic footprints of their ideas. How does your idea cross over into different sectors? What is the sustainable solution you have identified?

The full brief for the competition can be found here:

Good luck!