Big Design Challenge phase two

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Big Design Challenge Cornwall project manager, Kathryn Woolf.

A project which aims to have a lasting impact in Cornwall has moved into its second phase.

The Big Design Challenge Cornwall (BDCC), which is the final Dott (Design of the Times) Cornwall project, aims to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the people and communities of Cornwall.

Over the last six weeks the team led by project manager, Kathryn Woolf, have collected challenges ranging from the issue of affordable housing through to rural isolation.

She said: “It’s been an incredibly busy six weeks. We’ve been out and about over Cornwall collecting challenges and ideas from various different individuals, groups and organisations.

“There’s been a great deal of support and we’ve had some great challenges, as well as some interesting and innovative solutions.”

The selection committee has whittled down the challenges and are now in the process of contacting the people involved.

“This next phase is key to the success of the project,” Woolf added.

“We will bring the people and groups who put the challenges forward and team them up with design and business mentors from across Cornwall.

“Working with the mentors to develop their ideas and knowledge, they will prepare and outline a plan of how to solve the problem.

“They will then be invited to pitch to a Dragon’s Den-style panel, where the overall winner will receive up to £10k to put their ideas into the practice.”

Although a shortlist has been created there is still an opportunity for one wildcard entry to go through to the pitching process.

“We still want people to submit challenges and if one comes through in the next few weeks that has the potential to make a real impact then we will put that forward,” she said.

For more information and to submit a challenge or a solution to an issue that has been posted, visit bigdesignchallenge.co.uk.

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