Celebrating Design Ventura 2016
This year's Design Ventura Celebration Event took place on 15 February 2017. The event, held in the new Design Museum in Kensington, brought together Design Ventura 2016's shortlisted school teams, their teachers, family and friends, Deutsche Bank employees, Design Industry Experts, the Design Museum team and special VIP guests to celebrate the success of Design Ventura 2016.
The event was a chance for school teams to discuss and explain their Design Ventura products with the other guests. Students took full advantage of this opportunity - acting as spokespeople for their products and ambassadors for their schools.
The event also saw the unveiling of the exhibition of Design Ventura prototypes, showing students' work on the 1st Floor balcony, in a display designed by Alphabetical. Our shortlisted teams this year had made their way to the top ten teams out of over 10,000 students who took part, so putting their prototypes into a professional exhibition space was a fitting tribute to their hard work.
Last Year's Design Ventura winners Finchley Catholic High School came to the event to present a cheque of £1,570.48 from the proceeds of their Design Ventura product, Dazzle Racer, to their chosen charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The final, and most anticipated, element of the Celebration Event was the announcement of the Design Ventura 2016 awards.
Presented by judges Naomi Cleaver, Sebastian Conran, Chris Ruse, Christoph Woermann and Michael Skapinker, prizes were awarded to the top ten schools: Dame Alice Owens School, Invicta Grammar & St Marylebone School snapped up the Outstanding Finalist titles; Woking High School received a commendation for championing change; Alexandra Park School received a commendation for communication; St Olaves Grammar School received a commendation for good design; Chancellor's School received a commendation for innovation; Endon High School came in at third place; Reepham High took the second place prize; and Harrogate Grammar were our much deserved Design Ventura 2016 overall winners, with their product, Aqua Hook.
Teacher of the year prize was awarded to Laura Pearl of Alexandra Park School.
The Celebration Event was a great opportunity to all those who were involved in Design Ventura 2016 to celebrate all their hard work and the fantastic products developed by our 2016 shortlist teams and Design Ventura prize winners.