The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is launching a competition next week for young people to design the trophy for the £1m prize.
Sixteen to 24-year-olds are being invited to submit a design that represents the wonder of modern engineering.
Finalists will see their designs prototyped using state-of-the-art 3D printing. Every finalist will be invited to London to present their prototyped design in person to the panel of judges, which includes architect Dame Zaha Hadid; director of the Tate, Sir Nicholas Serota; Science Museum director, Ian Blatchford; Design Museum director, Deyan Sudjic; and engineer, Yewande Akinola.
The winning design will be used to create the trophy for the inaugural QEPrize and the winning designer will also receive £5,000.
Using the latest programming and design technology a unique digital application has been developed for the trophy competition. Entrants will create and ‘build’ their designs in a 3D online environment. The application can be downloaded free from the Queen Elizabeth Prize website and must be used by everyone entering the competition.
The QEPrize is a new global engineering prize that was launched this year. It will reward and celebrate an individual, or group of up to three people, responsible for a groundbreaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity. The first winner of the QEPrize will be announced in March 2013 and will receive the prize from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Head of the QE Prize trustees, Lord Browne of Madingley said: “The aim of the Queen Elizabeth Prize is to celebrate global engineering excellence and it’s absolutely vital that the trophy embodies all that is inspirational about engineering. It’ll be quite a challenge for the UK’s young designers but I’m sure they’re up to the task.”
The trophy design competition, which is in association with the Tate, the Design Museum and the Science Museum, opens on 9 October and closes on 12 November.
Find out more about the QEPrize.
Find out more about the design trophy competition, more information will be available from October 9.