Prospect 100 Global Design Competition

Over the October Half Term I entered the Prospect 100 Global Design Competition. Prospect 100 is an organisation that creates a list of the Top 100 youth talents in design (as well as other subjects) every year, consisting of the participants who the judges believe are the future leaders of their fields. This October, the challenge to make it into the Top 100 was to design an innovative and original sneaker, with the competition being open to anyone aged 25 and under. My design was based around embedding piezoelectric rubber within the insole of a shoe, and using this to power a Bluetooth pedometer in the heel. The main body of the shoe was also designed to be constructed out of photochromic textiles, a material that changes colour when exposed to UV light. Out of hundreds of entries from across the globe, I found out in early November that the judges (including designers such as Sean Wotherspoon and Jeff Staple) decided that my design was worthy of a place in the Top 20 overall designs.

Annabel Gray, Upper Sixth