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:
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:
Winner of the tertiary student category will receive:
Winner of the school student category will receive:
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