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Smart Storage and TU Design Innovation Award

Smart Storage Ltd and TU Dublin have announced the first Smart Storage Design Innovation Award 2020. With an initial prize fund of €5,000 the competition is looking for students to design the next storage solution for Irish homes.

Paul Jacob, CEO of Smart Storage said at the launch that “storage in new and existing Irish homes is always an issue. In our tenth year in business, we have partnered with TU Dublin to challenge their students to look at Irish homes and see what unused space is available and give their solution to finding extra storage in the home. We are looking for a new workable concept from students, which we could look to develop to the production stage as the next storage solution idea for homes across the country”.

Robert Simpson, Assistant Head of School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, responsible for Product Design in TU Dublin, said at the launch that “Technological University Dublin are delighted that our students have been invited to participate in this competition. In TU Dublin we strive to get our students to apply their learning to real-world situations and this is a great example where students will be tasked with a problem and using multi-disciplinary design skills come up with novel solutions.”

Smart Storage Ltd is an Irish company that specialise in discrete under stair storage solutions but have also evolved their storage solutions to multiple rooms and spaces in the home.

Students entering the competition will be asked to detail and design a new storage idea for an unused space currently in the home, not being utilised to its full potential. The aim of this competition is to take full advantage of parts of the home that are currently lying unused, wasting valuable space. This competition will be open to all students in TU Dublin but especially to programmes in the areas of Mechanical and Design Engineering, Timber Product Technology, Architecture, Product Design and Interior Design.

This new collaboration with TU Dublin gives students a great opportunity to put what they learn in college into practical use and, similar to Dragon Den’s, pitch their ideas to a panel of experienced judges in the hope of their design being turned into a product that is brought to market.

To download an Entry Form CLICK HERE

For further competition entry details / T&C’s CLICK HERE

Competition Entries to be sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 13 March 2020 before 5.00pm