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2023 China Hardware Products International Design Competition
Since its inception in 2006, the China Hardware International Industrial Design Competition has been successfully held for 17 times, covering more than 20 countries and regions worldwide. The competition adheres to the spirit of openness, innovation, pragmatism and development, focuses on social hot spots and cutting-edge technology, and pays attention to the innovation and feasibility of industrialisation of products. In accordance with the goal of “building an advanced manufacturing base in China and the world”, Yongkang will vigorously cultivate a world-class hardware industry cluster and build a “world hardware capital” with global influence.
II. COMPETITON CATEGORIES
——“Fire refining real gold, creative casting new products”
The 18th China Hardware International Industrial Design Competition in 2023, with the theme of “Ignite – Create”, includes 5 Golden Star Awards in the product category and 5 sub-contests in the creativity category, with a total prize money of 3.5 million RMB, will fully ignite the enthusiasm of global designers and signify that the Yongkang hardware industry is alive and well! It will also mean that the hardware industry in Yongkang will continue to grow and advance, setting a model for the deep integration of design and industry and continuously improving the innovative design capability of China’s hardware products.
Jinhua Municipal People’s Government
Yongkang Municipal People’s Government
Beijing Guanghua Design Development Foundation
Zhejiang University of Technology
Zhejiang Industrial Design Association
Zhejiang Industrial Design Technology Innovation Service Platform
Yongkang Science and Technology Bureau
Zhejiang Yongkang Hardware Productivity Promotion Centre Co.
Office of the Leading Group for Talent Work of the CPC Yongkang Municipal Committee
Yongkang Economic and Information Technology Bureau
Yongkang Human Resources and Social Security Bureau
Yongkang Municipal Market Supervision Bureau
Zhejiang Hardware Industry Industrial Design Demonstration Base
Zhejiang Yongkang Hardware Industry Innovation Service Complex
Zhejiang Modern Hardware Industry Industrial Design Institute
Yongkang Industrial Design Association
Zhejiang Feijian Technology Co.
Yongkang Qingmu Industry and Trade Co.
Zhejiang Rong Ya Industry and Trade Co.
Yongkang Jinlin Industry & Trade Co.
Zhejiang Tianxin Sports Equipment Co.
Director: Renke He, Director of the Teaching Sub-Committee of Industrial Design in Higher Education, Professor and Doctoral Director of the School of Design and Art, Hunan University, and a member of the jury of many international design competitions including the Red Dot Award, DIA, iF, G-mark, etc.
Other judges: experts and professors from renowned universities and design institutions at home and abroad, representatives from co-organisers, outstanding designers, senior figures in the design industry, marketing experts, industry experts, investors, etc.
IV. Tournament sub-setting
There are five Gold Star Awards in the product category and five sub-contests in the creativity category.
(i) Gold Star Award in the Product Category
The main call is for designs with outstanding commercial and social value that can be rapidly industrialised (no limit to categories) to attract outstanding innovative projects and innovation teams for deep integration into the Yongkang manufacturing industry.
Contact: 057987226523, 18869932465 (Mr. Mei, WeChat with the same number)
(ii) Creative Category Sub-Competitions
1.”Flying Sword Cup” health cup and jug design
Co-organizer: Zhejiang Feijian Technology Co.
Corporate website: http://www.feijiankj.com
Contact: 18367154079 (Ms Chen, WeChat: hxcmcyh).
Product categories are cups/pots, coffee cups/pots, tea stewing pots, wellness pots, sports cups and pots; designed around elements such as technology, health, intelligence, fashion and trendiness. Materials are titanium, stainless steel, glass, plastic and other healthy food-grade materials; easy to manufacture and produce, in line with the concept of environmental protection, and commercial or artistic value are required.
2.”Qing Mu Cup” Outdoor Leisure Products Design
Co-organizer: Yongkang Qingmu Industry & Trade Co.
Corporate website: www.kingmaxoutdoor.com
Contact: 13967918798 (Mr. Jia, WeChat with the same number)
Innovative design of products for outdoor camping scenarios, the main application scenarios are outdoor, camping, but also in the garden, or indoor and outdoor shared. The products mainly include outdoor folding tables and chairs, folding beds, outdoor folding trolleys and other products made of but not limited to pure aluminium, solid wood, iron + wood, iron pipe, aviation aluminium, carbon fibre, stainless steel, oxford cloth, canvas and so on. The design requirements are light and easy to carry, simple and high end, easy to manufacture and ergonomic.
3.”Rong Ya Cup” multi-functional quick-fit room/shed design
Co-organizer: Zhejiang Rong Ya Industry & Trade Co.
Corporate website: www.sunor.cn
Contact: 15888917061 (Mr. Wu,WeChat with the same number)
The product categories are metal sheds, pergolas, carports, gardening rooms, sunrooms, flower rooms, tool rooms, pet rooms and other quick-disassembly housing/roof products. It is required to expand the richer and diversified use scenarios, and the corresponding functional, exterior modelling, structural innovation design, especially the application of products in the new rural construction with structural stability of the convenient disassembly structure design, and modular/systematic product innovation design.
4.”Jinlin Cup” Sports and Leisure Vehicle Design
Co-organizer: Yongkang Jinlin Industry & Trade Co.
Corporate website: www.cn-jinlin.com
Contact: 15068097575 (Mr. Wang, WeChat with the same number)
The product categories are leisure racing electric bikes and road leisure assisted bikes; the products can be used on two or four wheels, on closed roads or off-road, to meet the function of sports，recreation and leisure. Novel and ergonomic designs are required, with colour schemes and aesthetic requirements suitable for sports and leisure scenarios; areas of innovation include, but are not limited to, dynamics, intelligence, light weight, modularity, integration, etc.
5.”Tianxin Cup” Children’s Trampoline Design
Co-organizer: Zhejiang Tianxin Sports Equipment Co.
Corporate website: http://www.tianxincn.com/
Contact: 13575902688 (Mr. Ren,WeChat: 616124797)
The design object are trampolines for children, for both indoor and outdoor use scenarios. It is required to have a novel appearance, to adopt colour schemes and aesthetic needs in line with children’s preferences, to comply with ergonomics and to ensure the fun and safety of the movement. The design can also be developed in the fields of intelligence, lightness, interactivity, parenting, modularity, easy folding and the use of new elastic materials.
V .Call for Entries and Rules
The Golden Star Award is open to students and teachers from universities, design institutions, enterprises, designers and design enthusiasts from home and abroad (participants must be at least 18 years old, and the number of participants should not exceed five if they are entering as a team; enterprises should be small, medium and micro enterprises that comply with the Standard Regulations for the Classification of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and have no adverse records).
The Creative Category Sub-Competitions are open to students and teachers from universities, design institutions, enterprises and freelance designers from home and abroad.
Entry fee: Free
Online submission: http://www.ykwjdesign.com/ (Submission system will open in June)
Designated QQ for the competition: 1336365009
Competition enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact person for contest submissions: 0579-87226523, 18869932465 (Mr. Mei, WeChat with the same number)
Official website of the competition: http://www.ykwjdesign.com/
1.There will be 1 Gold Award, 2 Silver Awards and 10 Excellence Awardsin the Golden Star Award; 1 Gold Point Award, 5 Gold Awards, 10 Silver Awards, 15 Bronze Awards, 25 Excellence Awards, a number of finalists and 10 Outstanding Instructor Awards in the creativity category.
2.Theuniversity student winners of the Gold Point Award, Gold Awards, Silver Awardsand Bronze Awards will be awarded the “Dragon Star” certificates. Other winners of the Gold Point Award, Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Bronze Awards and Merit Awards, if eligible, can be nominated for the “Guanghua Dragon Award – Top 10 Outstanding Young People in China’s Design Industry” in the following year.
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Gold Point Award
Outstanding Instructor Award
Total prize money
1.Please read the Notice of Entry for the 18th China Hardware Products International Industrial Design Competition 2023 carefully and fill in the application form accurately. By completing the form, the entrant is deemed to have carefully read the “Notice of Invitation to Entries for the 18th China Hardware Products International Industrial Design Competition 2023″ and agrees to abide by all entry requirements.
2.The Golden Star Awards will be judged in the preliminary, review and final rounds to determine the winners of each award (the final rounds of the Golden Star Awards will be judged by an on-site roadshow), and the creative categories will be judged in the preliminary and final rounds to determine the winners of each award.
3.After the results of the competition are announced, the organising committee of the competition will present trophies and certificates of honour to the Golden Star Awards and the Golden Point Award, Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Bronze Awardsand Excellent Awardsin the creativity category, and certificates of honour to the finalists and the Outstanding Instructor Award.
4.The competition organising committee will award the prizes (all prizes are before tax) to the winners according to the judging results and will designate the relevant units to carry out the personal income tax withholding obligations in accordance with the relevant financial and taxation laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China, and the prizes will be paid into the participants’ designated personal accounts or the corporate accounts of their units (including their branches) by bank transfer.
VIII. Selection Criteria
Judging criteria for Gold Star Award :
(1) Innovation (20 points): having unique innovative elements, being forward-looking and able to grasp and lead the future trend of the product;
(2) Feasibility (30 points): materials, processes, structures, etc. in line with modern manufacturing techniques, with the necessary conditions for implementation on the ground;
(3) Completeness (20 points): proposing a range of products or systematic services in addition to the product itself;
(4) Market value (30 points): while meeting market demand, it has a high market value and potential for explosive products.
Judging criteria for creative categories:
- Innovation (30 points): The work should have innovative elements in terms of design concept, function and material technology, but should also reflect design aesthetics and foresight, and be able to grasp the future trend of the product.
- Feasibility (20 points): The work should be in line with modern manufacturing technology, fully reflecting the modular design concept and the possibility of achieving customisation, with the necessary conditions for implementation on the ground. It can be optimised for the manufacturing process, reducing the cost and improving the economic efficiency of the enterprise through design.
- Completeness (20 marks): The work should be a full and complete expression of the design concept and features.
- Market and industry value (30 points): the work should be practical in the economy, society and people’s life and meet the market demand; while having high market value and burst potential, it has a certain demonstration role and can contribute to the development of the hardware industry and achieve value co-creation.
Criteria for the Outstanding Instructor Award:
By calculating the weighting of the number of submissions, the number of finalists and the number of awards, the top ten will be determined by adding up the weightings and awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award.
IX. Tournament Schedule
1.Notice of competition published: 8 May 2023
2.Deadline for submission of design proposals:
The deadline for submissions for the Gold Star Awards is 24:00 on 31 July 2023 (BST)
Sub-contest submissions close at 24:00 on 10 October 2023 (BST)
3.Gold Star Award Preliminary Assessment: August 2023
4.Golden Star Award Preliminary Selection Industrial Matching: August – October 2023
5.Golden Star Award Review: Late October 2023
6.Preliminary judging of the creative sub-category: late October 2023
7.Final evaluation of all awards: mid-November 2023
8.Awards: time and venue to be announced