Victorian Design Challenge 2020

The E-Waste Challenge

Registrations now open

Closes 1 Nov 2019

As part of Melbourne Design Week, the NGV will host the third annual Victorian Design Challenge. The Challenge invites 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.

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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);

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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 five submissions from the professional category (national) and 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.

The Victorian Design Challenge is open to all design disciplines, or aligned disciplines and multidisciplinary teams. Student submissions can be from any subject area. It is free to participate and easy to submit your idea. For information on how to submit your design idea, and what is involved, please register below to receive the Competition conditions.

We are searching for impactful, implementable, and scalable ideas that make inroads into Australia’s (and the world’s) waste problems.

Register to receive the Competition conditions

Australian professional register now
Victorian tertiary students register now
Victorian school students register now

Only registered participants can enter the competition and receive the competition documentation.

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
Simone LeAmon, The Hugh Williamson 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