The Future Award

31 May 2017

In partnership with Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design – Royal College of Art, this category looks for products, services, systems or devices that address future health challenges in a narrative, imaginative and human-centred way. Although ideas can have some sense of speculation, they should address a real issue and show evidence of development with real people, whether users, clinicians or other stakeholders. This is a pathfinding category encouraging submission from individuals or organisations with a creative, highly innovative idea that pushes the boundaries of health tech, providing a clear vision as to how people’s lives can be supported in new and interesting ways.


Sensewear:  A collection of clothes and accessories that emphasise the use of senses. Their primary purpose is to stimulate and improve awareness of our senses, while training us to better use them all. Some Sensewear items are designed to mute physical sensations, some to sharpen them. The collection is inspired by therapies applied to Sensory Processing Disorders and developed with the technical support of therapists assisting people affected with autism. Anxiety, stress and panic attacks are the most typical symptoms of autism, but also, as many other people also suffer from these conditions, the collection is not only aimed at people with disabilities, but for people living busy and often stressful lives. The goal for the project is to design an attractive, inclusive collection that can be worn by anyone and not stigmatising a person with a disorder. (


Portable food allergen tester: Allows users to identify allergens within a meal. It is a portable ‘on the go’ practical solution, to be used in restaurants and abroad. It fits seamlessly into the users’ dining experience and aims to give the user more confidence while eating out. The product is a preventative medical measure, by reducing the likelihood of an allergic reaction. The device, which is in development, currently tests for lactose and outputs the results electronically; future development will look into tests for other allergens. (No website available at present – the product is part of an ongoing university project and the designs will be finalised soon.