Shortlist and Pitching Day: Design Ventura 2023-24

Posted by Aithne Tılsım Palfreyman on March 18 2024

Design Ventura

We are excited to announce our shortlisted entries for Design Ventura 2023-24.

A warm thank you to all the teachers and students who have worked so hard on this year’s project. We had over 16,000 of you involved, and shortlisting was not an easy task! Another thank you to our shortlisting panel.

After much debate, we have selected our top ten state school entries and top three schools in the International and Independent Category. Please see a full list in alphabetical order below.

All schools that have submitted an entry for Design Ventura have received feedback from our judges and will be sent participation certificates for their students by post – we will send these soon.

The top ten state shortlisted schools took place in a Pitching Event on Tuesday 19 March at Deutsche Bank’s headquarters at Winchester House. The final winner will be announced at the Celebration Day at the Design Museum, in April.


Christ the King Voluntary Catholic Academy
Road to Go
A bag with a twist! Intended for families on the go, combining their child’s favourite toys with a versatile backdrop in one easily portable package.

Comberton Village College
The Creative Colour Box
A lamp you can make your own, offering you prompts and colourful triangles to create shapes and animals and watch them light up.

Dover Grammar School
A tool to help you simplify your wardrobe and decide what outfit to wear, whether it’s day-to-day or a special occasion.

Ferndown Upper School
Bouncy Buddies
Fun, colourful, and of course bouncy collectible figures of your favourite designers, to show off on your desk or in your car. Include facts about design and design history.

Haggerston School
Braille Calendar
A calendar for visually impaired users, incorporating braille as well as auditory cues such as clicks when you have successfully changed the date.

Heathcote School
Study Buddy
A self-assembly, flat-packed revision organiser made from a single sheet of sustainable material.

Manor CE Academy
It stands for Safety-Conscious-Reflect-and-Protect! Increase your visibility at night while providing a waste solution for synthetic hi-vis textiles.

Piggott School
Colour Countdown
A game inspired by I Spy, but based around colours. Race the clock and engage with the environment around you.

St Joseph’s Catholic High School
Emergency Cache
A compact solution for carrying small necessities on the go: maybe a trolley coin, reusable shopping bag, and some hairpins.

Upper Shirley High School
Dish of the Day
A super-versatile board game focusing on communities in London and the dishes they share.


King’s School Canterbury
Buzz Off!

A sustainable, visually appealing fly-removal solution! A biomimicry design based on nature’s own fly-removal solution, the carnivorous plant.

St John’s School
Losing Conetrol
The washable, reusable multi-fit ice cream drip catcher you’ve always wished for.

Tudor Hall School

A pencil case to help young people express themselves and their needs, using emojis they can swap out on the outside to let others know how they’re feeling that day.