International Design Competition 2007

Presenting visions for near-future lifestyles through innovative designs used Robot Technologies

Category Other Competition / Open to Students
Type International Product Design Competition
Genre Conceptual
Country Japan
RegDeadline 22 Oct 2007 GoogleCal iCal
22 Oct 2007 (via Online)
Eligibility All

In order to cope with these present-day social challenges, robot technologies, which are taking on the role of enhancing and performing the functions of life forms - particularly humans - are viewed as a potential composite technology leading to effective solutions. for International Design Competition 2006 JDF selected the theme "ROBOT," calling upon the world to seek new relations between humans and the things around us, and to propose innovative design ideas that will help realize new interfaces for human functions. Through International Design Competition 2007, JDF would like to further advance such commitment with the competition theme "ROBOT 2." JDF will welcome design proposals that are based on the concepts of ergonomic design and universal design, and that can use the power of design to present an ideal social paradigm we truly require.

Kazuo Kawasaki (Design Director, Doctor of Medical Science)
Katsushi Kunimoto (Design Director, Designer)
Keiichi Sato (Design researcher (Design theory, system/ Interaction design))
Masahiko Tsukamoto (Doctor of Engineering (Wearable/ Ubiquitous computing))
Tetsuyuki Hirano (Architect, Design Management Consultant)

Competition Type
In the Workshop on New Product Development, which is designed to offer opportunities for business communications, creators will be required to give presentations on their works and will be afforded the opportunity to have interviews with interested companies. At the same time, all superior works will be displayed on a panel to be introduced to the business community. (JDF will cover all air fares (for residents of Japan, all domestic transportation fees) and accommodation expenses.)

Grand Prize (Prime Minister of Japan Prize): US$15,000 (1)
Gold Prize (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize): US$10,000 (1)
Silver Prize (Governor of Osaka Prize): US$5,000 (1)
Silver Prize (Mayor of Osaka Prize): US$5,000 (1)
Bronze Prize (Chairman of JDF Prize): US$2,500 (2)
JDF Designers Plaza will serve as a web bulletin board for prize-winning works, as well as winner's profiles, portfolios etc., and as a database where human resource data will be continually accumulated through the International Design Competition.

Entry Fee
20 US dollars

Only JPEG is accepted, up to 5 image files.(less than 2.5MB)

Primary screening: 27 to 28 Nov 2007
Announcement of the entered works: Mid-December 2007
'Workshop on New Product Development' Final screening and announcement of prizewinners: 14 to 15 Feb 2008
The commendation ceremony: 14 Feb 2008 (in Osaka, screening results will also be announced on both JDF and JETRO websites, in late February.)

The Japan Design Foundation/ The Japan External Trade Organization

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