Co-Innovate at Made in Brunel

13 June 2013


Meet the next generation of design-innovators for LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS, SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY and products and services for HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Friday 14 June 2013 | 10am – 12pm (Including a free lunch afterwards)
Venue: Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH


It’s broadly accepted by organisations that innovation is a key element of competitiveness; however, the challenge for many businesses increasingly centres on identifying people with the skills, knowledge and creativity to support successful innovation.

Co-Innovate, Brunel University’s initiative for supporting design led innovation, would like to invite you to a half day workshop event and lunch where you will have the chance to meet and view the latest design innovations from a cross section of the best graduates from the Brunel University’s highly rated Product and Industrial design courses .

The workshop is targeted at London-based, Small to Medium Enterprise businesses (SMEs) and will aim to explore the value of working with Brunel’s talented young designers to help support innovation activities. It will also allow SMEs to see and feedback on a range of innovation ideas, concepts and design solutions and where relevant, discuss the possibility for future collaboration.

We are showcasing graduate Product Design projects in three categories: Health & Well-being, Sustainable Technologies and Lifestyle. Workshop participants can select a category relevant to their business and in informal presentations, gain an overview of the selected projects and over lunch will have an opportunity to talk one-to-one with the students and the Co-Innovate team.

This group of product concepts cover a wide area of consumer-focused designs from a sports shoe that can increase sprint athlete performance, to a modular luggage range, a thermochromic pencil grip to help children learn to write, through to cycle accessories. Doing anything innovative in this category is always a challenge given the intensive commercial focus on this type of product. We feel confident that the concepts presented here demonstrate from each student designer, fresh thinking and a pragmatic design approach resulting in new solutions to what are often, old problems.

Sustainable Technologies
These projects are driven by a range of concerns resulting in innovative solutions that address; wave power generation, water conservation by waste water reuse, low power-consumption lighting, and recycled homeware products. These concepts build on Brunel’s expertise in creative engineering and problem solving combined with insightful thinking about the challenges faced by real-world consumers.

Health and Wellbeing
Projects in this group apply design thinking to the challenges faced by individuals as a result of age, disability, personal health requirements, or clinical conditions. Presentations will include a range of challenges; helping carers more effectively clean the hands of people with contractured hands, a method for children with ADHD to manage their condition, enabling the gardening experience as a therapeutic approach for children with Cerebral Palsy, STI diagnostic devices for third world environments, innovative solutions for enteral tube feeding of children, and addressing the challenge of providing comfort for mothers during breast feeding. Each student here has thoroughly researched the issues they are addressing, most often directly with those affected by the issue, they then generate effective solutions that meet the needs of the end user but also of economic manufacture.

The workshop will also provide you with an opportunity to explore your innovation activity through:

  • Discussing your innovation challenges with a Co-Innovate Innovation Director and the potential of free innovation mentoring.
  • Joining the Co-Innovate network to build further connections with fellow innovators, academics and innovation specialists.

The workshop is free of charge, but places are limited. To book your place please click here.

For more information about Co-Innovate workshops and services please visit our page or contact Sophie Richards


Workshop Booklet – Student Projects