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Get your entry in now for the Blackwood Design Awards

The Blackwood Design Awards is an international competition that seeks to find brilliant inventions and concepts that have the potential to change lives.

We are looking for inventions, designs and concepts that can boost independent living and enable people with disabilities to live life to the full.


There are three categories open to the public:

Best Collaborative Project (by a University or Institute of Higher Learning)
• Best New Concept
• Best New Aids, Equipment or Accessible Technology

Please go to for full details on each category.

How to enter

Anyone who has come up with a great idea that can support people with disabilities. You might be a professional designer or a layperson. Past winners have included top universities as well as
gifted amateurs who have an insight in living with a disability. Your background or level of experience are not what matters most. If the idea is good and well thought-out, if the concept has been proven and it can help people, you can enter the Blackwood Design Awards.

The deadline for entries has been extended to Monday 13th November 2022 to allow for the anticipated expanding interest with the winners announced in January 2023 at a prestigious event at the V&A, Dundee.

The Prizes

The winner will receive

£2000 prize money for Best Collaborative Project, 
the BDA trophy and support from our category sponsor Hyper Luminal Games.

£2000 for Best New Concept, the BDA trophy and a package of support, sponsored by Social Telecoms

Best New Aids, Equipment or Accessible Technology, the BDA trophy and Blackwood endorsement for your product this category is sponsored by a Blackwood Contractor.

To enter the Blackwood Design Awards Competition, fill in the application form at

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