Home Automation  Challenge


About Home Automation Challenge     

2017 participant team - Adept

The Home Automation Challenge is organised by our Manufacturing Industries Division’s Young Members Committee.

The Challenge provides a brilliant opportunity for talented apprentices to compete in an innovative design and manufacturing challenge to improve an everyday home or garden device. 

The Challenge is open to teams of apprentices from companies, colleges and training providers of engineering and manufacturing technologies. Teams are required to design and manufacture a product to automate a task in the home or garden. In addition, participants will be asked to submit a report which is to include a design specification, manufacturing instructions, user manual and a business case for the mass production and sale of the product.  

The prototypes will be judged at a finals event which takes place in July at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, where the Home Automation Challenge Champion will be crowned. 

Meet our 2019 teams and their prototypes




Gutted Automated gutter cleaner PA Consulting
Leonardo Edinburgh Automated pizza cutter Leonardo 
Team Praemium ACTIV-EAT - automated sweet dispenser Leonardo 
Team Innovate Face recognition cupboard lock Leonardo 
AMTC Team Prodigies Automated irrigation system MTC
AMTC Team C.O.R.K Linear accessibility shelf for wheel chair users MTC
AMTC Wake up call Automated home alarm clock   MTC

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2017 participant team - Adept

The Challenge

Teams of apprentices are challenged to design and make a product for automating a process in the home or garden.

Teams must demonstrate engineering competence according to EC UK-SPEC for EngTech by:

  • Designing a product and prototype a working model
  • Providing a design specification, manufacturing instructions and user manual
  • Providing a business case for the mass production and sale of the product.

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Challenge Partners and Sponsors

  • MTC
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