The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is delighted to launch the 2021 edition of their flagship competition for D&T and engineering students, the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge.

The competition is free to enter, you can use your school/college Design and Technology coursework or develop a new idea, and students have chances to win prizes for themselves (including a day out to a F3 race day for the top 3 entries – COVID dependent) and schools have the chance to win prizes to help support the delivery of Design and Technology teaching in their classroom.

Deadline date for entries: 17 May 2021



The 2021 TDI Challenge is open to all young people aged 16-19. It is an opportunity to showcase your creative talent to an industry that relies upon vision and innovation.

We need you to come up with your own design for a new product or concept, explain its application and produce a video, no longer than 2 minutes, to demonstrate how and why your invention will benefit users.

You can use your Design and Technology coursework from school/college for your entry or you can enter a completely different idea if you prefer. Cardboard mock-ups and CAD models are all accepted.


Due to the extraordinary circumstances we continue to find ourselves in, we are remaining as flexible as possible as to whether the TDI Challenges finals will be a physical or virtual event.

If we can hold a physical event, then this will happen on the 7th July 2021 at the Yamazaki Mazak facility in Worcester. Judges will pick several finalists from the entries by the end of May 2021. These finalists will then be invited to come and present their idea/concept in more detail at an event with a winner being chosen on the day.

If we are unable to hold a physical event due to ongoing restrictions, then the judges will pick a winner from those entries received by 17 May 2021. The winner will then be notified during June 2021.

We aim to make the decision as to whether we hold a physical or virtual event as soon as possible.

Innovate Today and Help Shape a Better Tomorrow

Innovation is helping to shape our world like never before, therefore we want young people to be as bold and original as possible.  In doing so, they will be showcasing their own talents and helping to promote some of the great work taking place in our schools and colleges. They’ll also be helping the manufacturing technologies industry better understand the challenges that education faces and how it might provide assistance.

To enter please fill out the form below and link to your video. Best of luck.

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It was such a big bonus for Flip to win the TDI Challenge, it’s another nice confidence booster. I’m going to try and develop the clock further and see how it turns out and I’m considering trying to sell it.”


Chris Kalogroulis,
2019 Winner, 17-19 category