The Manufacturer sponsors £500 automation apprentice prize

Teams of the UK’s most talented apprentices will be competing for a £2,000 grand prize next week at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Home Automation Challenge.

For the first time, this year one team will be presented with a Judges Highly Commended Award and receive £500 thanks to support from The Manufacturer.

The Manufacturer Supports IMechE's HOME AUTOMATION CHALLENGE 2017 - image courtesy of Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
– image courtesy of Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

IMechE’s Home Automation Challenge is an innovative design and manufacturing competition which sees apprentices challenged to improve an everyday home or garden device to make a job easier.

The 2017 Finals Day is where each team demonstrates their prototype and presents it to a panel of industry experts. The judges base their decisions on design integrity, quality of prototype, functionality, presentation, and the depth of each team’s knowledge.

The winning team will receive £2,000 and one team will be presented with a Judges Highly Commended Award and receive £500. Both will be announced at the awards ceremony at the end of the day.

The Competition Finals and Awards Ceremony is being held in the exhibition space at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry on Friday 14 July, from 10:00 to 15:00.

To register to attend, please click here.

Smart Factory Expo

The winning team will also be exhibiting their prototype at the UK’s biggest showcase for digital manufacturing technologies – The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo, which takes place on 15-16 Nov at Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

Highlighting the best solution providers and technology offerings, this unique FREE event is for manufacturing business leaders keen to adopt the relevant tools and knowledge to drive business growth.

Promising to be bigger, bolder and better than 2016, this year’s Smart Factory Expo includes new features, such as:

  • Buyer Lounges – matching buyers and sellers
  • Tech Zones – Industrial IoT, Automation & Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, Digital Transformation, and Big Data
  • Solution Theatres – engaging expo attendees with case studies and cutting-edge developments
  • Mentor Clinics – find the answers to your questions
  • Innovation Alley – growing the expo ecosystem with hardware start-ups