Draw, animate or even 3D model your ideal home, neighbourhood or place to visit of the future and win prizes with the My Future: My Design competition.

Signals is supporting the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Project to engage and consult with children in the planning of the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community through a creative design competition.

Over the next thirty years a new Garden Community will be created on the Tendring Colchester Border. Over time, this community will feature between 7,000 and 9,000 new homes for people to move in to and grow up in, as well as spaces for people to work in new businesses, offices and factories. This new community will include all the things that people need every day including shops; nurseries; schools; health facilities; sports and leisure facilities; and lots of green space. This new community is for people of the future – for our children and our children’s children.

Taking Part

What would your ideal home and neighbourhood of the future be like? What is important to you? What would give you, and your friends and family, the very best quality of life?

The Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community project need your ideas and thoughts, so that together we can help shape this community of the future.

To help you with your entry, we’ve put together a series of short videos you can watch to give you ideas on where to start. Simply click the word below and it’ll take you to an online guide. Teachers, you can even download information to go alongside the videos too. These videos are just ideas to help promote thinking and to give you some tips.

There are three different categories you can pick from;

  1. My Ideal Home
  2. My Ideal Neighbourhood
  3. My Ideal Place for a Fun Day Out

Then there are three different art styles you can pick from to enter. To help you with your entry, we’ve put together a series of short videos packed with tips and tricks you can watch to give you ideas on where to start. Simply click the word below and it’ll take you to the online guide we’ve assembled.

  1. Online Guide – Drawing 
  2. Online Guide – Animation 
  3. Online Guide – 3D modelling

Teachers, you can also download our Teachers Guide with additional information or go straight to the video workshop.

How to Enter

Entries must be submitted via our online form linked below. The closing date is Thursday 31st March 2022, 4pm. (this closing date has been extended)

Submit your individual entry

Submit your schools entry

Competition Terms and Conditions

Closing Date

All entries must be received by Thursday 31st March 2022, 4pm.

Winners will be notified by email, either to their school or the email address as stated on the submission form (if entering from home), by Friday 15th April 2022.

How to enter

All entries must be submitted by the online form. Each submission must contain a fully completed entry form and the drawing, 3D model, or animation being submitted, to be eligible. Each drawing, 3D model, or animation must include the name of the child who created the work. Only one drawing, 3D model or animation per child will be accepted. Please also submit three things that are most important in a future design.

Prizes

First Prize
  • A £50 ‘Click it Local’ voucher for the winning child.
  • Membership for the winning child’s school to the Essex Children’s University for one year.
  • 30 Essex Children’s University passports, for the winning child’s school.
  • A coding workshop, for the winning child’s class, delivered by Signals.
Second Prize
  • A £30 ‘Click it Local’ voucher for the winning child.
  • A coding workshop, for the winning child’s class, delivered by Signals.
Third Prize
  • A £20 ‘Click it Local’ voucher for the winning child.
  • A coding workshop, for the winning child’s class, delivered by Signals

Prizes are not transferable, saleable or redeemable for cash. The Click it Local voucher will be awarded directly to the winning child and the Signals workshop and/or Essex Children’s University membership and passports will be awarded directly to the winning child’s school or home schooling network.

Entry restrictions

  • The competition is open to all children living at an address, or attending a school with an address, beginning with a CO postcode.
  • The competition is for children currently in Years 3-6, or equivalent age for children attending specialist schools, or for those who are home schooled.
  • In submitting an entry, permission is given for the three winning entries to be featured in an online “Creating a Place for Life” gallery (using first name and school only), as well as on social media platforms and in the local press.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per child.

No purchase is required

Judging

Entries will be judged after the competition has closed and will be judged by a panel including Signals Media, Essex Children’s University and the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Project. The panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for inspiring ideas, more importantly than the quality of the drawing, animation or 3D model. All entries will be judged equally, regardless of the format used, based on the following criteria:

  • Overall impression– imagination, creativity, and impact
  • Future thinking– technology, environmental awareness, and sustainability
  • Future Generations– wellbeing, health and community spirit

The ‘three words’ are not being judged but will be used to better understand the aspirations and ideas of the young people for future living as part of the engagement process for the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community.

Online Gallery

As well as the three winning entries, a further 20 entries will be selected to feature in an online “Creating a Place for Life” gallery, using first name and school only. Additionally, these entries may be used on social media and in the local press.

Personal Data

The personal data entered onto the entry form is for competition purposes only, so that competition entrants and winners can be contacted for publicity purposes and to organise prizes for the winners. This data will be used for the purposes mentioned above by Signals and Colchester Borough Council only, and will be destroyed after the competition has been judged and has closed. The data will not be used for any other purpose, nor shared with any other parties.

Signals Data policy: Data Protection Policy May 2018

Questions

Any questions about the competition can be submitted to tcbgardencommunity@colchester.gov.uk