Young designers battle to create Queen Elizabeth Prize trophy

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17-year-old Joseph Waggott’s entry makes the shortlist for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering’s ‘Create the Trophy’ Competition

Nine young designers and engineers are on the shortlist for The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering’s ‘Create the Trophy’ Competition, while you have the chance to pick the winner.

17 to 24 year olds across the UK and Northern Ireland were challenged to design an iconic trophy that represents the wonder of modern engineering, with the winning designer’s trophy to be presented to the 2015 winners of the worlds’ most prestigious engineering prize: the £1m Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

The general public are invited to check out and select their winning design from the shortlist of 9 via Facebook, while the winner will also pick up a novelty-sized cheque for £2,000.

22-year-old Sarah Parsons entry is hoping to win the £2,000 cash and the place on a top engineer’s mantlepiece next year


The finalists are:
Euan Fairholm, 20 – Edinburgh
Harry Cook, 22 – Clavering
Ashley Wharfe, 17 – Hemel Hempstead
James Rogers, 19 – Holbeton
Gemma Pollock,18 – Wakefield
Sarah Parsons, 22 – Rugby
Georgia Boulter, 19 – Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Joseph Waggott, 17 – Jarrow
Franz Gross – Liverpool

A selection of judges, who are leading figures in design, engineering and science, including Science Museum director Ian Blatchford and Sir John Sorrell Chairman, University of Arts, London, will meet to select the winning design on 29 September.

Chairman of the QEPrize trustees, Lord Browne of Madingley, said: “The ultimate purpose of the QEPrize is to inspire and engage young people in engineering. Through the Create the Trophy competition we can ensure that young people are represented in the award of the QEPrize, and we can also highlight the importance of design in engineering.

“The Create the Trophy competition this year attracted an excellent field of entries from young designers and engineers from around the UK.”

To cast your humble vote, click here to be whistled to the QE Prize Facebook page and select your favourite.

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