I was invited to be part of the Jury to evaluate the submissions for the Wearable Technology Competition together with Ronen Kadushin, Alessio Erioli, Anastasia Pistofidou, Elizabeth E. Fraguada, Niccolò Casas, Martìn Rodriguez Montoya. Read the brief and get ready to participate (submissions deadline 31st May 2015)
Reshape focuses on the definition of this language, proposing a new challenge to makers and designers: RESHAPE15 | wearable technology competition.
Proposals will focus on the possibilities of wearable technology without any design limitation. Once again Reshape leaves to designers freedom and responsibility of their own choices. Nonetheless, all submissions must reflect the mission of Reshape: merging ideas with fabrication processes and market viabilities. Fabrication strategies must be clear and reasonable, demonstrating a real control of the production process.
The distributed network of fabrication of Reshape includes Fab Labs and Maker Space, all equipped with digital fabrication machines such as laser cutters, 3d printers, milling machines and robotic arms. Entries are required to rely on those machines as main tools for the fabrication process. Assembly method and production costs will also be taken into consideration in the evaluation process. All winning proposals will be awarded according to the prize pool.
In addition to the economical prize, Reshape offers a unique e-commerce platform * where the best design proposals will be presented and launched into the market. Designers will have then the possibility to sell their own products promoting their design on the international platform of Reshape.
Reshape is a digital competition; hard copies of the proposals will not be accepted. Please notice the exact requirements below:
- The official language of the competition is English. Any other language will not be accepted.
- The registration fee is 50,00 €
- Participants could be groups or individuals.
- Entry identification code (which is generated during the registration) must be placed in the upper right corner of each A3 board, with required dimensions of 40 x 10 mm. No other form of identification is allowed.
- Each submission should include:
- A3 boards in landscape format. Do not exceed 3 presentation boards. Each board should be a vectorial (not raster) pdf file of 150 dpi and RGB color mode. All the boards should be combined in one single pdf file (maximum 25MB) named as: “Reshape15_Identification code_ title of the project”. Each team has to use its own identification code (which is generated during the registration) and title of its project.
- A description of approximately 500 words has to be delivered separately in a word document.
- A physical prototype must be documented with pictures in one or more of the submission boards.
- A video of maximum duration of one minute has to be included. The video should be one mp4 file, maximum 25 MB.
- Each entry (pdf, word document, video) should be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org in a .zip or .rar format named as “Reshape15_Identification code_ title of the project”.
- All entries must be submitted via email on/or before midnight (23:59) May 31st, 2015 Barcelona Time (UTC/GMT +1 hour).
Disqualification of entries may occur if the guidelines are not met.
- 15th of January – 31st May 2015_ Online registration and submission period
- 15th of January – 30st April 2015_ Questions and answers available online at email@example.com
- 31st of May 2015_ submissions deadline 23:59 (UTC/GMT +1 hour)
- 1st of June-30th of June 2015_ Evaluation of projects
- 6th of July_ Announcement of prizes
- To be scheduled_ Awarding ceremony and final exhibition (*)
*the exact date and place will be published on http://www.youreshape.com
All projects will be evaluated on a scale from 1 to 10 according to the following categories:
1_ CONCEPT IDEA
Will be given significant attention to those projects that reconsider the idea of conventional contemporary clothing in an inventive and experimental way, reconsidering interconnections between users, environment and data.
The design approach must present a clear fabrication strategy relying design solutions to digital fabrication tools available in a Fab Lab or Maker Space, as Reshape target is to merge both DESIGNING and MAKING.
3_ MARKET VIABILITY
It is crucial to consider design and fabrication solutions economically feasible, giving a reasonable estimation for the overall design proposal and its marketability.