Participation FAQs

Participation

What is the prejudging round?
Why is there a need for prejudging?
What happens after prejudging?
What are the advantages of submitting my work during the late submission period and directly to final judging?
I missed the deadline for the prejudging round, can I still join the competition?

Eligibility

Is my work eligible for the award? My work has previously been submitted to other competitions. Can I still join?
Can I promote/exhibit my work during the competition period?
Will I still be able to participate if my concept has already been made public?

Participant category

Which participant category do I belong to?
Does it make a difference if I join as a Designer, Group, Design Studio, Company or Institution?
Can a student participate in this competition?
I am a student, can I participate as an Individual or as a Group or as an Institution?
What is the difference between participating as a Company or Design Studio?

Design Concept Category

What if my work fits into more than 1 category?
I chose the wrong category for my work, what can I do?
What is ready to launch?

Participation

 

What is the pre-judging round?
At prejudging, the jury reviews the entries submitted during early and standard submission periods for final judging.
 
Why is there a need for prejudging
The prejudging round was created for a few important reasons:

1. To reduce your cost of participation, since the presentation fee is only applicable if your design concept passes the prejudging phase.
2. To allow you to submit your design concepts in Chinese, German or Korean to save time and cost by avoiding the need to have your work translated into English until the jury admits the design concept to final judging.
3. To reduce the number of entries during final judging so that the jury can have more time to evaluate the stronger entries.
 
What happens after prejudging?
If your design concept is NOT selected for final judging, there is no further action required. You will receive an email informing you of the results. In the participant portal, the status of your entry will display “Not selected for final judging”.

If your design concept is selected for final judging, you will receive an email informing you of the results. In the portal, you will need to complete the final judging application form. At the application, you will need to do the following:

1. Upload your entry in English or purchase translation services (if the initial entry was not in English)
2. Indicate if you are sending optional materials:
a. Prototype/Mock-up: Deliver to Singapore by 24 May 2017. Delivery information can be found here.
b. Video: Include a video link for download in the final judging application.
 
What are the advantages of submitting my work during the late submission period and directly to final judging?
If you are confident of the quality of your work, submitting directly to final judging has the following advantages:
1. It gives you more time to prepare your entries.
2. The process is simplified, you are able to upload your entry and send your optional materials in a single step.
 
I missed the deadlines for the pre-judging round, can I still join the competition?
Yes, you can still join the competition by submitting your design concept during the late submission period.


Eligibility

 
Is my work eligible for the award?

All kinds of inventions, novelty designs and aesthetic designs that are not in the market, and not mass produced for sale before 2 July 2017 can be entered.
 
My work has previously been submitted to other competitions. Can I still join?
Yes, you can.
 
Can I promote/exhibit my work during the competition period?
Yes, you can.
 
Will I still be able to participate if my concept has already been made public?
Yes, the concept is still eligible for the award as long as it will not be produced or manufactured for sale before 2 July of the current year of competition.


Participant Category

 
Which participant category do I belong to?

There are 9 participant categories in total, Individual designer, Group of 2, Group of 3, Group of 4, Group of 5, Company, Company (10 persons or less), Design Studio, Institution.

The Individual, and Group participant categories refers to individual designers who are submitting entries designed on their own. The designers can already be practising in the industry or are still design students.

The Company participant categories refers to product or manufacturing companies. The entries submitted could be designed by an in-house team or in collaboration with a design studio.

The Design Studio participant category refers to a firm providing design services. The design concepts submitted could be a research project or in collaboration with a client.

The Institution participant category refers to a university or school. Entries submitted could be from teams of students with faculty members, or research projects by faculty members.
 
Does it make a difference if I join as a Designer, Group, Design Studio, Company or Institution?
Submitting a design concept as a Company, Design studio or an Institution means the submitted work is a part of an organisational entity. If the work wins, the organisation is credited. Entries submitted as an Individual or Group means the design concept was designed by the named individuals. If the concept wins, the designers alone are credited.

The participant category has no influence during judging as entries are presented anonymously, without any information of the participant, to the jury.
 
Can a student participate in this competition?
Student can participate in this competition without any prejudice. Participant information is hidden from the jury during judging, only the quality of the submitted design concepts matter.
 
I am a student, can I participate as an Individual or as a Group or as an Institution?
First, is the design developed by you alone or in a group? If you developed the design on your own, you should participate as an Individual. If the design is developed in a group, with other students, designers or your lecturer, you should participate as a group.

However, if your school sponsors your participation for the award, you should participate as an Institution whether this design is developed on your own or as a group. If you win the award as an Institution, the name of your school will be credited, together with your name or the name of the members of the group.
 
What is the difference between participating as a Company or Design Studio?
The Design Studio participant category is for firms offering design services, while the Company participant category is for product companies.


Design Concept Category

 
What if my work fits into more than 1 category?

You can submit the same entry multiple times in different categories. In some cases, a design concept may win an award in one category but not in another because by placing the design concept in a particular category the intent of the design concept is communicated to the jury. In other instances, the same entry may win multiple awards but in different categories.
 
I chose the wrong category for my work, what can I do?
If you are at the “draft entry” stage, you can still amend your entry information. If you have already submitted the entry, no changes can be made. You have to submit the design again as another entry in the new category. Both entries in the different category will be reviewed by the jury.
 
What is ready to launch?
“Ready to Launch” refers to design concepts that are already fully developed and is going to be launched in the market very soon, after 1st July 2016. The award recognises such “Ready to Launch” designs require special attention as they are different from design concepts that either blue sky concepts or are still in the prototype stage. “Ready to Launch” product are judged more like a finished product, with more emphasis on the build quality and positive emphasis on differentiation in comparison with existing products in the market.