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Submit an idea to our latest competition, in partnership with The Washing Machine Project (TWMP), and you could win £1000 towards prototype development as well as:

  • £250 RS Basket, product to support your idea
  • Access to a Product Designer, to help you bring your idea to life
  • Access to a Graphic Designer, create a logo
  • A pitching masterclass, to help you prepare for the live final
  • Free add-on modules for DesignSpark Mechanical (worth £943.91!!)


The Washing Machine project was created to help alleviate the burden of handwashing clothes by providing displaced and low-income communities and households with an accessible, off-grid washing solution. For the People.Planet.Product Student Design Challenge, we want your ideas to help solve real-world problems.

Entering is simple:

1. Choose your challenge, will it be People, Planet, or Product?

2. Complete your entry by answering 2 questions & upload a short video or audio file

Deadline: Monday 18th October, 10 am (BST)


Information Video:

TWMP Founder, Nav Sawhney, hosted a live competition briefing and Q&A session, watch it back here.




1. PEOPLE: Design a solution that encourages and empowers people to use the Divya Washing Machine around existing cultural norms. Your solution can be based on a specific cultural environment, and/or can be about the improvement of the technology or the implementation of it.


2. PLANET: Design a low tech solution that filters out greywater and microplastics before water is drained out of the Divya Washing Machines, enabling users to maximise water reuse/recapture (washing, cooking, cleaning, agricultural farming).


3. PRODUCT: Design a solution that encourages better posture and interaction of the Divya Washing Machine. Your solution could include overall improvements of efficiencies of the product such as weight, portability, maintainability and usability, or focus on a specific design point.


You can download the full challenge brief here.

Got your idea? Round 1 is simple... 

Tell us about your idea (500 words), explain how this solves the challenge (500 words), and create a short video or audio file to summarise (1 minute).

Deadline: Monday 18th October, 10 am BST

What are the judges looking for?

For the written part of your entry, the judges want to see; creativity, originality, and feasibility.

For the video/audio, the judges want it to be well articulated and engaging.


Full competition details can be found here: www.rs-online.com/designspark/people-planet-product-student-design-challenge



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