Victorian Design Challenge 2020

The E-Waste Challenge

Registrations Now Closed

As part of Melbourne Design Week, the NGV hosts the third annual Victorian Design Challenge. The Challenge asks school students (primary and secondary), professional designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators to apply design thinking and processes in targeting real-world problems.

Creative Victoria and the NGV are offering a $20,000 major prize for the best design idea addressing one of Australia’s fastest growing waste problems – e-waste.

The E-Waste Challenge aims to highlight the capacity and responsibility of designers to contribute to shifting behaviour, raising awareness, redesigning products, or devising smart end-of-life solutions that reduce the negative impacts of e-waste.

Registrations are now closed for the competition and shortlisted contestants in each category will be announced in December 2019.

There are three categories for entry:

  1. Professional – designers, engineers, technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs (from around Australia)
  2. Victorian tertiary students – from all relevant disciplines; and
  3. Victorian school students (primary and secondary);

The Victorian Design Challenge runs as a two-stage design competition with Round One being an open call for design submissions. A judging panel chaired by Craig Reucassel, host of the ABC’s War on Waste, will shortlist up to five submissions from the professional category (national) and up to three submissions from each student category (Victoria only) to go through to Round Two – a live ‘pitch’ presentation at the NGV during Melbourne Design Week 12–22 March 2020.

The winning designs from each category will be selected by the judging panel after the live pitch. Winners will receive support tailored for each category to prototype and further their idea including a $20,000 prize for the winning professional design idea and $5,000 for the wining tertiary student design idea.

The Challenge has been developed in association with the Ewaste Watch Institute – a not-for-profit organisation focused on accelerating electronics sustainability and environmental stewardship in Australia and New Zealand.

Any changes to the details of the competition will be supplied to directly to registered participants.

Craig Reucassel, Presenter, War on Waste (chair)
Bas van Abel, Founder, Fairphone, the Netherlands
Rose Read, Director and Co-founder, Ewaste Watch Institute
Richard Hoare, Design and Innovation Director, Breville Group Ltd
Ewan McEoin, The Hugh Williamson Senior Curator, Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV

Winners of the national professional category will receive:

  • $20,000 cash to support the development and delivery of their project;
  • Exclusive Growth Accelerator workshop and 6 hours of mentorship over 12 months from EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services team to guide further development of the project toward implementation;
  • Winner’s certificate for their project as the E-Waste Challenge Professional winner;
  • NGV prize pack for listed team members.

Winner of the tertiary student category will receive:

  • $5000 cash to support the development and delivery of the project;
  • Winner’s certificate for their project as the E-Waste Challenge Tertiary winner;
  • Exclusive Growth Accelerator workshop and 6 x 1-hour mentorship session from EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services team to guide further development of the project toward implementation;
  • NGV prize pack for listed team members.

Winner of the school student category will receive:

  • One day tailored education package at the NGV, including learning resources, curatorial talk, exhibition tour, lunch, transport and teacher costs; and
  • Winner’s certificate for their project as the E-Waste Challenge School winner;
  • NGV prize pack for listed team members and supervising teacher(s).

Partners and Supporters

Design Institute of Australia EY eWaste Watch

The NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture is generously supported by The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation.

Melbourne Design Week and the Victorian Design Program are initiatives of the Victorian Government

The Victorian Design Challenge Competition process is developed and delivered by CityLab.

Image: Formafantasma, 2017, Taxonomy, 01_05_58'' from Ore Streams. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne