At the end of March, judging began on this year’s prestigious Steve Olney Memorial Award at the MoTo 17 Congress at Coventry University.

Recognising the hard work and talent of final year undergraduates at Coventry University’s School of Art & Design, the Steve Olney Memorial Award acknowledges the achievement in design and engineering.

Sponsored by Contechs, the Awards are now in their tenth year and were launched in memory of Steve Olney, former Technical Director and one of the founders of Contechs.

This year’s finalists will have the chance to showcase their work to a number of influential designers within the automotive industry, and like the 2015 winner, Sina Rahmani, could find themselves landing their dream job working with one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world.

Technology, especially in the automotive industry, is always changing with new and innovative designs and materials being used in design and production.  Today’s design and engineering students and graduates can be at the forefront of these changes, and will be able to influence how vehicles of the future are created.

Judges for this years’ award are: Pete Jarvis, Managing Director, Contechs, Carsten Astheimer and Nick Powell from Ashtheimer; Brunello Acampora of Victory Design; Andy Shaw of Vital; and Nicola Crea who is the Principle Lecturer and Course Director at Coventry University. They will choose winners in three categories – best presentation, best concept, best model – as well as an overall winner.

At the Degree Show in May, finalists will have a chance to display models of their concept to potential employers – and the judges – and the awards will culminate in a grand Award Ceremony at the Square One cinema at Coventry University on 13th June 2017.

Classic Fiat 130 - Steve Onley Awards

Classic Fiat 130, designed by Paolo Martin (third from right), and owned by Ian Brookes.