Last night pupils from Weald of Kent Grammar School celebrated their success in winning Design Ventura 2013, a design enterprise programme developed by Design Museum in partnership with Born to Be, Deutsche Bank’s UK youth engagement programme.
The innovative winning product Sliderz, designed by Hannah Barton, Amy Crouch, Katie Le Sbirel, Isobel McCaffrey, Lucy Morgan and Constance Shea, is a fun shaped tube squeezer designed to prevent waste by pushing all the contents from a variety of household tubes. The winning team will now have the chance to work with a professional product design agency to fully develop and manufacture their product, which will be placed on sale in the Design Museum shop later this year.
Design Ventura enables young people to experience a real-life brief and develop employability skills, useful for life outside of the classroom. Some 6,000 students from 170 schools throughout the country took part in the challenge with ten designs shortlisted and presented by students to a panel of judges including, Sebastian Conran, broadcaster Naomi Cleaver, entrepreneur Guy Jeremiah and Deutsche Bank’s Head of Marketing for GTB, Christoph Woermann.
Christoph commented: “Over the years, the standard of schools’ products and pitches has reached an impressive level of commercial viability. Highly motivated students have consistently shown innovative and creative skills that will help them in their future careers, but even more importantly they have learnt to communicate their ideas clearly and concisely. That’s a truly winning combination and a powerful endorsement of Deutsche Bank’s continued engagement.”
Now in its fourth year the competition asks students to look not only at design, but also branding, packaging, marketing, costs and pitching – the award-winning project is a great example of real world learning and is part of Born to Be, Deutsche Bank’s UK youth engagement programme.
About Born to Be
Born to Be targets 11 – 18 year olds with education-led projects which aim to increase achievement, develop employability skills and raise aspirations. For more information about Deutsche’s involvement in Design Ventura please click here.