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Fire at the front of the Hills Young Designer of the Year Awards

1/06/2015
 
A new early warning bush fire detection system, new musical instruments and a wheelchair that grows with a child, are the top prize winners at the Hills Young Designer of the Year Awards in Sydney on Friday night.
 
Max Glanville, designer of Fire Front was the overall winner of the $10,000 prize presented at the Good Design Awards Gala Dinner.
 
Fire Front’s unique system design employs a combination of thermal imaging and ultrasonic wind sensors to allow the early detection of extreme heat and flames.
 
Hills Chief of Health Innovation and Growth Leica Ison said the designs were some of the most creative and original she had seen.
 
“Fire Front impressed with its extreme relevance as a bushfire prevention system, but also its clever combination of technology as part of the design solution,” Leica Ison said.
 
Also among the winners was a new paediatric wheelchair designed to grow with a child between the ages of 6-15 years, reducing the need for parents to replace wheelchairs as a child grew. Spin Free won the Sustainability category and a $5000 prize.
 
The invention of new musical instruments also caught the attention of the Hills judging panel with the bold design winning the innovation award and a $5000 prize.
 
“This year’s finalists were an outstanding group and yet these category winners really stood out from the crowd. It’s quite an achievement and they are all to be congratulated.” Leica Ison said.
 
The full list of winners is:

The complete list of entries and finalists can be found on the Hills Young Designer of the Year website.
 
MEDIA CONTACT
Melanie Stewart, Hills Limited, Product Communication and Innovation Manager
MB: +61 448 431 378