Impact of Design

CALL FOR IDEAS & STUDENT PROJECTS

Are you a designer? A design teacher? A design student? A social entrepreneur? An activist?
Do you have the next “big idea” that will impact society and industry? If so, we have a competition for you. In fact, two – one for design professionals and academics, and one for design students. Enter either one of the competitions and win a chance to pitch your idea at the What’s Next confluence in 2017 and be part of a movement for change.


WHAT’S NEXT DESIGN CONFLUENCE 2017

“What’s Next” is a series of events organized by Pearl Academy that began in 2014 with a well-received World Café-style discussion forum called “The Future of Design Education”. The next event in this series is titled “What’s Next: The Impact of Design”. This event will be held in New Delhi in February 2017 and looks at various ways Design impacts the world, its people, and its systems. The event kick starts a series of smaller but focused working sessions across 2017 where the ideas generated at the Impact of Design forum will be further refined, detailed, and published as recommended initiatives proposed to make a better and more design-conscious India. Participants at the Impact of Design forum includes prominent members of government, industry, academia, media, and research.


Professional Design Pitch


Impact of Design


We invite Indian design professionals and academicians to share their innovative ideas and perspectives on highlighting the impact of Design on nation building. Focus is on the influence design has on society, industry and the resulting implications on designing education. Send us your ideas in a 5 point-5 slide PDF or PPT format, selected ideas will be presented at the What’s Next: Impact of Design forum in February that aims at generating an understanding of the role and impact of Design on Nation Building in India. The event will showcase innovative ideas impacting our national identity and progress, as seen through the eyes of the young and emerging and established design professionals.

Student Design Pitch


Impact of Design

One sub-theme of the event focuses on The Social Impact of Design. Here we aim to showcase innovative ideas impacting our country’s social progress seen through the eyes and minds of our youth. From communities living in expansive metro cities to people living in places of persistent poverty— we all require renewed interventions to create a better world, a shared future of more equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities. We therefore announce a student competition based on the impact of Design on society and culture. This competition is open to all design students, including Pearl Students.


THE TOPICS

Most leading companies across the world are recognizing the role of design thinking and processes to foster change. Many nation states are also recognizing the value of design processes and are increasingly adopting design-led innovative practices to achieve effective growth., The necessity to find workable solutions, introduce effective systems and methods that generate optimal utilization of resources that lead to meaningful progress. Whether it is about creating sustainable smart cities, or providing basic amenities at the grassroots; about designing new services, systems or humanizing technology, nurturing a start-up culture or making business sense, Design cuts across specializations to offer an innovative approach in developing sustainable solutions.

Keeping in mind the overall theme of nation building, cultural identity/heritage, and globalization, participants are encouraged to develop ideas and make a pitch, compiled as a 5 minute presentation. Selected ideas will be presented to a panel of judges at the What’s Next event in February 2017.

Three broad categories are as follows:

LIVE DESIGN | Designing Society

Ideas that address societal issues, and impact our culture, wellbeing, and quality of life.

ACT DESIGN | Designing Business

Ideas for start-ups that build systems, services, or businesses; building new models and collaborative approaches – collapse of silos; increase efficiency in day-to-day activities; making technology useful and usable for people.

ABSORB DESIGN |Designing Education

Ideas that improve quality and availability of education and spur innovation in learning. Ideas that increase knowledge sharing, and remove obstacles for communication and dialogue.


THE TOPICS

Keeping in mind the theme of social consciousness, cultural awareness, inclusivity, accessibility, cooperation, human growth, and engagement, students are encouraged to explore challenges faced by urban, suburban and rural communities, and develop ideas in one of four broad categories of everyday Indian life:

PERFORM | ACT – DO – LEAD

Ideas where design can lead the change by empowering the youth, transforming the society, sustaining the community, building support system, improve and optimize our transportation and locomotion through communal spaces .

PRESERVE | SAVE – PROTECT – RECLAIM

Our world, indigenous art & culture, heritage – natural and built environments, humanity, less privileged/ grassroots communities, manage over-consumption and deal with the waste generated.

COLLABORATE | SHARE – EXCHANGE – COOPERATE

Collaborative new approaches, communication with others leading to better understanding and idea-sharing, open-sources, develop life-skills, nurture more resilient and sustainable communities, improving access to healthcare, clean water, food, and basic amenities.

EXPERIENCE | LIVE – ENGAGE – INTERACT

Strategies to engage and develop multifaceted experiences – interacting with virtual and real spaces, close the digital divide, interaction with technology, generate new opportunities, facilitate access to essential services and improve quality of life


THE BRIEF

The competition is open to all Professionals in design and creative careers. Faculty and alumni of Pearl Academy and they are encouraged to participate. Choose any one of the above areas of focus and develop an innovative idea that promotes national growth, identity, and/or infrastructure. Prepare a conceptual plan and send it to us for review, keeping in mind:

  • Only one entry per individual or group will be accepted. And a group should be no larger than 4 individuals.
  • Focus on new, innovative ideas designed specifically for the Indian context, generated by Indian culture, and looking at the future of Indian growth and identity.
  • Adhere to the underlying theme of nation building. Idea should be inclusive, ie., have mutual benefit across different classes, cultures, ethnicities, religions, and other social groupings and focus on all Indians.

THE BRIEF

Competition is open to individuals only. Individual students – from any level, any course, any design institute – are encouraged to choose from one of the above topics and develop an innovative idea that benefits a wide spectrum of society. Develop a conceptual plan of your idea and send it for review. Keep in mind the following:

  • You may submit only one entry. No group or multiple entries will be accepted.
  • Adhere to the theme of social consciousness and awareness. Your idea should be inclusive, ie., have mutual benefit across different classes, cultures, ethnicities, religions, and other social groupings and focus on all Indians.
  • Focus on new, innovative ideas designed specifically for the Indian context, generated by Indian culture, and looking at the future of Indian growth and identity.

THE FORMAT
  • Your pitch should include :
    i) The problem
    ii) The context
    iii) The idea
    iv) The constraints
    v) The value/impact it can create
    vi) the working plan.

    Please provide visual references to support your idea. Make sure you have explained if this idea been explored before? And, how does it relate to the theme of nation building?

  • Entries are accepted in the form of digital copies only. Please send your document in a single PDF file, not more than 5 MB in size.
  • All pages in the document should be A3 size, in landscape format. All text should be in Times Roman 12 pt, 1.5 spacing. Any non-original text or images must be properly referenced and cited using the Harvard referencing system. Your document could be supported by images, graphics, charts, diagrams, etc., wherever necessary. All high res images can be sent at a later time for the final presentation.
  • Please do not write your name, or that of your organization, or any other identification on the PDF document. Forward your PDF along with a brief CV of yourself, and any other group members, as a separate document, along with your pitch. Your CVs should include a portrait photo(s) for reference.

THE FORMAT
  • The pitch should cover the following:
    i) What is the problem?
    ii) What is the context?
    iii) What is the idea? What are the constraints?
    iv) What is the value/impact it can create? How does it work?

    Give visual references to support your idea – has this idea been explored before? How does it relate to the theme of nation building?


  • Submit your entry as a digital copy only in a single PDF file not more than 5 MB in size.
  • All pages in the document should be A3 size, in landscape format. Include text, images, graphics, charts, diagrams, etc. to make your pitch. Any non-original images must be properly referenced and cited using Harvard referencing system.
  • Include your name, college details, course, and year of study on the cover page ONLY. Do not include this information on any other page.

THE RESULTS
  • One winner will be selected from each of the (four?) three topics. Final selections will be announced on 02 February 2017. Selected participants will be invited to present their ideas at the What’s Next forum in February 2017. Travel and accommodation to be borne by entrant(s).
  • Once selected ideas can be further developed as needed for the presentation; selected participants can use any means and media to present their idea – slideshow, film, animation, prototype, etc. Presentation briefs will be provided along with the selection announcement.
  • Post presentation to the forum, presenting designers/professionals will work with forum experts and participants to refine the ideas further into real proposals to be taken up as live projects by government, industry, academia, NGO, or other organization through the year-long activities and sessions planned under What’s Next.

THE RESULTS
  • One winner will be selected from each of the four topics. Winners will be announced on 02 February 2017. Winners will receive a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- each and will be invited to present their idea at the ‘What’s Next’ forum in February 2017. Travel and accommodation for outstation students will be provided.
  • Once selected ideas can be further developed as needed for the presentation; selected participants can use any means and media to present their idea – slideshow, film, animation, prototype, etc. Presentation briefs will be provided along with the selection announcement.
  • Post presentation to the forum, presenting designers/professionals will work with forum experts and participants to refine the ideas further into real proposals to be taken up as live projects by government, industry, academia, NGO, or other organization through the year-long activities and sessions planned under What’s Next.

TIMELINE

Call for projects December 2016
Submission date 20 January 2017
Internal review of projects 21-24 January 2017
Intimation to shortlisted projects with jury feedback for refinement 25 January 2017
Final Submission date 31 January 2017
Announcement of results for presentation at the confluence 02 February 2017