The project, supported by Dott partners and the Technology Strategy Board, aims to help local people co-develop ideas with designers and entrepreneurs.
The challenge was launched last month and ideas already received include tackling issues around public transport, rising waste, high unemployment and the loss of high-street trade to out-of-town supermarkets.
Mentors on-board include Matt Hocking from Leap and Sam and Will Boex from Boex 3D Creative Solutions.
Projects will then be pitched to a ‘dragons’ den’ of judges in March and could receive up to £10 000 in support in order for them to be developed.
The deadline to receive initial-stage design and business mentoring and support is 31 December and successful applicants will be contacted by 12 January 2011. Visit www.bigdesignchallenge.co.uk to apply.