2021 Steve Olney Awards Winners

The 2021 Steve Olney Memorial Awards were held Thursday 17th June. Due to the ongoing restrictions, it was not possible to for the awards to be held within the Coventry University Degree show and instead, they were held virtually as they were last year.

These annual awards are organised in memory of Steve Olney, a Contechs founding director, who died suddenly in 2005. Each year awards are presented to the students who best demonstrate the personal values held by Steve – namely design innovation, technology, craftsmanship and helping to enhance the lives of others around them.

The standard this year was exceptionally high and credit must be given to the students who produced such outstanding work during the pandemic.


THE WINNER, STEVE OLNEY DESIGN AWARD 2021

Tom Hylton - "NUGO" A Mobility Concept For The Youth Of Tomorrow



RUNNER UP #1

Charles Deane - an autonomous watercraft for the Stockholm Archipelago


RUNNER UP #2:

YOUKI KOTANI - “A luxury single-seater private eVTOL

Contechs were extremely grateful to the judges:

Bart van Lotringen Design Director, DAF Trucks

Richard Woolley Studio Director, Design Research, JLR

Carsten Astheimer MD, Astheimer

Stuart Robinson Digital Design Supervisor, Concept CAD and Visualisation, Europe

Peter Birtwhistle Former Chief Designer, Mazda