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December 9, 2014

Ten schools pitch for prize as Sebastian Conran leads Design Ventura judging panel

The project challenges students to meet a real-life design brief, with mentoring from professional designers and Deutsche Bank employees. The winning team will see its product sold in the Design Museum shop, having been involved in all aspects of production, packaging, pricing and promotion. Profits from sales will go to the school’s chosen charity.

The ten teams of students, aged 13 to 16, presented their product concepts around this year’s theme of Connect to a panel of judges led by Sebastian Conran at the Design Museum, on Monday.

This year’s ten shortlisted schools presenting include:

- Bishop Douglas School, Finchley; Speck Hoops, a button on hoop for carrying spectacles on your shirt front.

- Bullers Wood School, Chislehurst; Enviro-Card, a modern take on the traditional postcard – using seed paper with wildflower seeds.

- Burnage Academy for Boys, Burnage; Kard’Lapse, plastic elements that connect playing cards to enable users to build structures.

- Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Sidcup; Bee Organised, Bee inspired magnet organisers.

- Orleans Park School, Twickenham; Plumage, interchangeable light shades for casting shaped shadows in children’s rooms.

- Ryedale School, Nawton; Signal, system for identifying different chargers and cables.

- Selly Park Technology College, Birmingham; Can Cap, a handy lid and handle for cans.

- St Laurence School, Bradford on Avon; Socket Pocket, a home for your phone – a pocket that holds and charges your mobile phones whilst carrying it.

- The King’s School, Chester; Scoffstix, no challenge chopsticks, with an integrated fork.

- Yateley School, Yateley; Blackboard City, an interactive magnetic game on a blackboard where players can customise their cityscape.


Deutsche Bank has had a relationship with the Design Museum since 2006 and supports Design Ventura through its Born to Be youth engagement programme which seeks to help young people develop their employability skills, raise aspirations and fulfil their potential. The project offers support to a number of identified priority schools, including Selly Park Technology college, in need of specific support.

Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications & Corporate Citizenship at Deutsche Bank, explained, ‘The creative industries account for GBP 71.4 billion per year to the UK economy, GBP 8million an hour, and provide around 6% of the total number of UK jobs. Young people need transferable skills which serve this fast growing sectorand equip them for life. Design Ventura encourages success through combining innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and team collaboration; a model which breeds success in life and business.’ 


From left to right:

Sebastian Conran, Angus Montgomery, Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, Chris Ruse, Sabeena Bagol


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