Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) has announced the 10 winners of its fourth Project Design Space.

RAKBANK, Dubai Festival City Mall, Nike, Emirates Nature-WWF and LEGO Middle East set real-world challenges for the students to solve. All of them have shown great interest in taking the solutions forward, demonstrating the strength of design education in the UAE and how it helps future-proof businesses.

The 10 winning teams comprised five each in the grade 5 to 8 category and the grade 9 to 12 category. In the first category, Applied Technology High School (TBMEC) – Al Ain, Hartland International School – Dubai, Al Tawyeen School for Girls -Fujairah, United International Private School – Dubai, and Dubai Northern Emirates Home School Association walked away with top honours for successfully achieving the design challenges set by RAKBANK, Dubai Festival City Mall, Nike, Emirates Nature-WWF and LEGO Middle East, respectively.

In the grade 9 to 12 category, Dubai Scholars Private School, North London Collegiate School – Dubai, The Indian High School Dubai, Applied Technology High School- RAK, and Dubai National School Al Barsha beat back their competitors to complete the challenges set by the business partners.

Congratulating the winners, Mohammad Abdullah, President of DIDI, said: “It is encouraging to see the high quality of student submissions year after year. In line with the UAE’s sustained efforts to build a knowledge-based economy by developing students with future-proof skills to meet the demands of rapidly changing workspaces, DIDI is pleased to host Project Design Space to advance design thinking and education. This initiative has encouraged creativity and enabled students to explore careers in design more seriously.”

In March 2020, DIDI adopted a digital bootcamp-style format for the extracurricular contest that challenged students to solve real-world problems by merging visual literacy, digital fluency, and strategic proficiency.