Past Competitions

Greener Gadgets Design Competition #2

For year two of this competition, the top 50 entries were published for a limited period of online voting and commenting on Core77, Inhabitat and the CEA's website to determine the top 10 finalists - Judged live at the Greener Gadgets Conference.

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Braun Shoot Your Inspiration

Participants from around the world submitted inspirational photos of objects, vistas, events and people. The community voted for the best photos online, and the winner received a trip to Germany to attend the lavish BraunPrize Awards Ceremony.

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Timex 2154: The Future of Time

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Timex, designers from more than 72 countries explored and visualized the personal and portable timekeeping 150 years into the future. Winning entries were exhibited in New York and installed in a permanent gallery at Timex world headquarters.

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Snowboard Design Competition

Designers were invited to create the next generation of snowboard graphics for Nidecker's famed snowboards. The winning design will be included in the 2010 collection and a limited run of the top 5 finalists designs will be available online in the Core Store.

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1HDC: Business Card Hacks

The invitation to reinvent the common business card produced a huge variety of 3D, utilitarian, ornamental, and just plain whimsical card hacks. The Top 5 Winners each received 1000 free business cards from UPrinting.

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WaveSport Kayak Hull Design Competition

Wave Sport partnered with Core77 to create a new generation of boat graphics for their Fuse 56 river running / freestyle kayak, featuring their revolutionary full-color high-resolution graphics capability. Each winner received a kayak with their own design.

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1HDC: Design the perfect Back-to-School bag

Launched just in time for the back-to-school reality check, we asked designers to imagine the ultimate school bag. Was it a knapsack, shoulder bag, book bag, messenger bag, or hybrid? The winning entry scored a Custom Timbuk2 bag.

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Greener Gadgets Design Competition #1

To help launch the Greener Gadgets Design Conference, Core77 invited the global design community to address issues facing consumer electronics: energy, carbon footprint, health and toxicity, new materials, product lifecycle, and social impact. The top 10 finalists were judged live on stage with conference speakers and audience participation.

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1HDC: Laser-cut Grip Tape Pattern

Designers were challenged to create skateboard graphics for the top of the board, laser cut from two tones of grip tape. The winning 3 designs were produced by on-demand manufacture Ponoko and applied to decks sponsored by Bustin Boards.

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1HDC: Pump up the volume!

For this 1 Hour Design Challenge, we asked Core readers to design the next "Kick-Ass Speaker." Our guest judge, speaker-design guru Kurt Solland of Harman Consumer Group offered his professional opinion and threw in a set of Spyro Speakers as a prize!

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1HDC: Sick-Ass Car Renderings

Ralph Gilles, VP of Design at Chrysler was a guest judge for what proved to be one of our most popular challenges in the 1HDC series. In addition to the car rendering, designers were asked to submit a time-lapse movies capturing their drawing process.

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Light Objects: A design competition about sustainability

Designers were challenged to go farther than making their entries 'sustainable' or merely reducing the negative impact that production or use of an object has on the environment. Cash prizes were awarded, and the winning entries were exhibited in Paris.

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Pop-Sci Design Challenge Series

Over the course of a year, Core77 produced a series of design challenges with Popular Science magazine exploring the several themes: Speed, Human Powered, Memory and Personal Security. Winners had their designs published and received cash prizes.

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Coroflot: Canary in a Coalmine

The first members show for our sister site showcased the work of over 70 international emerging designers in New York City. Curated and produced by Core77, the show generated a huge amount of publicity and dramatically increased site membership.

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Catia Napkin Sketch Competition

Core77 invited participants to submit designs, literally, in the form of hand-drawn paper "napkin sketches" exploring the theme of water. Using 3D CATIA software, Dassault Systems created and animated the finalists designs and granted them each cash prizes.

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Need: 2002 International Design Competition

The theme "NEED" based on Maslow's hierarchy of needs asked designers for social commentary using product design as the medium. The top 10 entries were produced as stereolithographic models, and presented in New York in a physical interactive space.

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