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Students win award for creating a device which redesigns emergency care

July 03, 2019
Emf News

Two design students took first prize in the ‘Student Design Awards’, in a category supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Maire Kane and Hannah Grogan adopted circular economy principles to design the ‘Personal Patient Pack’, a reusable medical device which stays with patients throughout their treatment journey, eliminating single-use alternatives, and designing out waste by up to 67%.

The pair triumphed in the ‘Circular Emergency’ brief, a category sponsored by Royal Philips, with the support of the Foundation.

Winning the RSA Circular Emergencies Design Award was such a proud moment for us. In our final year, we faced lots of design challenges and as a result of this, we developed our skills in new and exciting directions. We are very grateful to the RSA team for accrediting our work on such a renowned platform. It was also an amazing opportunity to meet all the other talented designers and fellow winners of the RSA competition.

- Hannah Grogan, student at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin

The Circular Emergency project challenged entrants to design a product, service or system that uses circular design principles to make emergency medical care more effective.

Each design was judged on a number of different criteria, including the social and environmental benefits, design thinking, and commercial awareness.

With this brief, we really challenged the students, and I am amazed by the quality and quantity of entries. However, I am even more impressed by the creative talent behind the shortlisted ideas. I am sure many designers we interviewed will go on and have a big impact throughout their careers. It’s heart-warming to see so many talents being passionate about the circular economy!

- ​Simon Widmer, Circular Design Lead at the Foundation

The Student Design Awards are the Royal Society of Arts’ (RSA) long-standing competition which celebrates the next generation of design students. Previous winners include the Chief Design Officer of Apple and a Former Head of Innovation at Nike.

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