Blueprint Challenge: A Future Highstreet

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Blueprint Challenge: A Future Highstreet     


Welcome to Techfest’s Blueprint Challenge: a Future Highstreet competition!

The city Highstreet plays a unique and fundamental role in today's society. More than just a place to shop, the Highstreet is also an area of cultural, social and economic importance. However, it is a sad fact that most highstreets are poorly equipped to address the threats that urbanisation places on natural resources, ecosystems and the climate. If left unchecked, this places a very real threat on our overall wellbeing and the future of our planet. We must work together as champions of nature to create urban spaces that work for both people and the planet in order to ensure their long-term viability.

Imagine a Highstreet where buying your favorite products leads to more nature, not less, where natural wealth is celebrated and economy thrives, where the air you breath is pure and fresh, and birdsong no longer competes with traffic.

For the Blueprint Challenge: A Future Highstreet project, TechFest, supported by Bluewater, challenges S5/S6 students to redesign a local Highstreet and create a space that allows society to thrive whilst simultaneously celebrating the natural world.

This project spans a range of different disciplines (engineering, architecture, art and design, health and wellbeing, etc.), and as such we recommend that students create diverse teams showcasing different skill sets. By bringing energy, technology and nature together there is the opportunity to create a Highstreet that employs innovative technologies and mechanisms in the drive towards net-zero, nature-positive urban areas.  


If you wish to register a team please submit an online form here.




Deadline to register a team: 02/09/22. 

Project launch: 05/09/22.

Report deadline - late November.

Presentation day: Dec - TBC


Student resources


1) Student Handbook


Click here to download student handbook (registered teams will be sent the password upon programme launch on 05/09/22).


2) TechFest Talks: Blueprint Challenge Series

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AVAILABLE ON  Spot icon jomlaapple icon joomla  Anchor logo 2 Student Led Podcast SiE1  youtube icon joomla (podcast teaser available now! Click on the icons to listen).

Click here to access the series (the full series will be available upon programme launch on 05/09/22).


3) Online Webinars with Industry Professionals 


Optional, informal sessions to give you the opportunity to ask questions or get support with anything you are struggling with.



We hope you enjoy designing your Future Highstreet and best of luck!



For any queries related to this preject, please contact Gabija Blazyte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




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