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Winners of the MTA’s Technology Design and Innovation Challenge 2012 Announced

Natalie Seymour from Coundon School in Coventry and Uddhav Vaghela from Yarm School in Stockton-on-Tees , were announced as the winners of the Manufacturing Technology Association’s (MTA) Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge 2012 at the judging ceremony that took place on Wednesday July 11.

Open to all Technology and Design students, the nation-wide competition is split into two age groups: 14-16 years old and 17-19 years old. The 12 finalists were chosen by the MTA’s Education and Training committee and the finals and the award ceremony took place at Yamazaki Mazak's European Technology Centre in Worcester.

Bob Hunt, Chairman of the Education and Training Committee of the MTA, said: “Both Natalie’s and Uddhav’s designs were exceptionally impressive and stood out in their categories. We received a record number of entries, which made selecting the finalists tough, but after four hours the top six entries in each age group shone through, with a varied range of 12 projects making it to the final.
“Giving young people the chance to design and create is important, not only as a form of expression and to put into practice what they have learned but also to give us in the industry a taste of how the world could evolve and what the designers of tomorrow will bring with them.”

Uddhav who won the award in the 14-16 year old category for his Ultra Hammerhead Shark invention, a device designed to minimise blind spots when driving, said: “It’s been an insightful experience and an opportunity to get a much better understanding of manufacturing. I’m really delighted and surprised to have won. It’s a great honour particularly given the standard of the other competitors.”
Natalie who won the award in the 17-19 year olds category for her contemporary jewellery designs inspired by nature, said: “It was a fantastic day. I am thrilled to have won. I am now looking to take my design forward and develop it into a real business.”

The winners received an iPad. The 2nd place finalist was awarded a Kindle and the students who took 3rd place received a digital camera.

The MTA's TDI Challenge exists to help teachers and lecturers promote the great work of their D&T and Engineering students and to celebrate the creativity and innovation taking place inside the curriculum. The chosen finalists displayed their portfolio of work in Mazak's atrium and gave a brief presentation on their project to the judging panel who decided on the overall prize winners. All finalists received a guided tour of Yamazaki Mazak’s European Technology Centre, and a presentation certificate and goodie bag to take home. The TDI Challenge is free to enter for all students and schools.


  • Luke Hannon - Arden Academy
  • Tommy Brentnall - Balcarras School
  • Edward Lanfear - Balcarras School
  • Oliver Scull - Chipping Sodbury School
  • Alastair Perkins - Hampton School
  • Uddhav Vaghela - Yarm School


  • John Reardon - Attleborough High School
  • Natalie Seymour - Coundon School
  • James Long - Dauntsey's School
  • David Cullimore - St. Edwards School
  • Charlie Baron - Tonbridge School
  • Bertie Humphreys - Tonbridge School

1st prize- iPad
2nd prize- Kindle
3rd Prize- digital camera

About the MTA:
The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is the UK trade association for the Manufacturing Technologies industry. The MTA sits at the core of the engineering based manufacturing with the aim to promote the use and innovation of advanced technology in manufacturing. Further information about the MTA and our members can be found on our web site at