Festival of Thrift: £10k Green Power Challenge

The Festival of Thrift is the UK’s festival of sustainability, celebrating its 10th Year in 2022.

The focus has always been on how we as individuals can make those small changes that will add up to a big difference for the future of our planet and encouraging others to join in.

Building on this ethos they are now looking to do more to minimise the impact of the festival and work towards delivering a net zero festival.

Working with partners at Teesside University & Creative Fuse, Festival of Thrift are delighted to launch their Net Zero Design Challenge, sponsored by Anglo American and supported by Tees Valley Combined Authority and Redcar & Cleveland Council.  Bringing together local SMEs and students to work together in a one-day design sprint format to explore innovative design solutions to green power one aspect of the festival site.

Each team will develop their own ideas over the course of the design sprint and those solutions submitted to a judging panel.  The overall winner will receive a grant of £10,000 from Anglo American to develop a protype solution to be used at this years festival on 24th & 25th September 2022.

This challenge will support SMEs in the region to explore and innovate within the growing bioeconomy sector, inspire the next generation of engineers & designers, and stimulate new product development.

The Brief

The prototype needs to deliver a 3-phase supply of 48A per phase, in order to power one area at the festival. Ideally the outlet would be a 63A 3-phase outlet and must comply with current electrical standards for the designed system. It needs to be reliable, be weatherproof and incorporate a backup plan in case of failure.

Design Sprint

The full day facilitated design sprint will take place on Friday 27 May at (Teesside venue tbc) from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Each business will be paired with a student as a team on the day.

You will be guided through a fast-paced design sprint style workshop to develop innovative solutions to the brief.  At the end of the day, you will present your strongest idea to a panel of experts.  The experts will judge the idea on a set of agreed criteria and the winning team will receive an Innovation Fund of £10,000 to develop their prototype over the coming months.


You must be an SME based in the North East, Teesside or North Yorkshire to be eligible to apply.

Business support around product development will be provided by Creative Fuse but you must have the expertise, time and facilities within your organisation in which to produce a prototype. 

Places are secured by an application process.  For further information and to apply: