We are moving towards an era of augmentation. Wearables, smart devices, and e-textiles are new solutions for future hybrid generations of interconnected humans and devices. The higher level of interaction is producing new paradigms, raising novel questions, imposing different habits, shifting economies and politics. Through technology, we are on the verge of a change in the perception of our habitats, ecosystems, bodies, social behaviours and interactions.
Defining the future is a Design Challenge.
The Challenge of RESHAPE V focuses on future applications of Wearable Tech and Smart Products, inviting creative minds to predict new trends, elaborate novel solutions, and recalibrate existing markets in the direction of more sustainable models. Our goal is to redefine contemporary devices towards a new generation of cognitive nodes, connecting us to our habitats and ecosystems.
For the Smart Material track, we challenge designers to come up with clothing solutions that establish a connection with the environment. We seek a wide variety of proposals, from innovative materials and wearable electronics to prosthetic applications, with a mediating function between our body and its needs.
We are looking for wearable products, programmable materials or biotechnology applications that intervene on common health issues, such as respiratory problems, harmful body postures, disabilities, and stress or tackle the pollution of natural elements – air, water.
The submitted project needs to present a clear prototyping design methodology, to involve digital manufacturing technologies, and to highlight qualities of safety and recyclability, suggesting the potential of being reused or composted. Interdisciplinary processes, experimental approaches, and innovative design strategies become necessary for those striving to be the pioneers of this digital age.
Smart Product design is the category directed to all creatives and designers interested in product solutions promoting well-being and health care and in a wide range of applications – from sports to automotive and medical devices.
Reshape challenges makers and designers to present a product able to function as the mediating factor between the forces shaping our environments, and monitoring, sensing, and interacting with the physical and digital world. Proposals must take into consideration the social impact of their production and consumption cycle. Interdisciplinary processes, experimental approaches, and innovative design production are required to become the pioneers of the digital age.
We look forward to receiving project proposals aimed at questioning, in a constructive and creative way, the role of technology in the definition of new paradigms for your society. Whether applicants decide to address the nature of social relations, the sustainability of our models of production, or the emerging necessities resulting from the technological change, bridging a gap between the human and the digital is one of the core tasks.
The divide between innovation and human, environmental, and social development is only apparent – at least potentially, or theoretically. On a mission to reconcile these salient dimensions of the human experience, project submissions are expected to envision future needs promoting new products, predict market trends and novel ways of interaction, and build on rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing to produce custom solutions.
In a changing world, cognified devices carry the answers to some of the most pressing challenges posed to our customary norms and ways of doing things. Truly revolutionary projects should then design solutions that improve our lifestyle, without forgetting about the scalability proper of new, distributed market models.
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Description of Ideal Candidate:
The submission is open to all form of artistic work and all type of technological and scientific research applied to wearable technology and smart products.
Participants must submit their entries via e-mail on/or before the 7th of September 2019 at 23:59 (UTC/GMT +1 hour).
Confirmation of registration will be automatically provided by e-mail. Once the payment is received, participants will get a second e-mail including the Entry Identification Code, which is necessary for the submission of the project.
- The official language of the competition is English. Any other language will not be accepted.
- The work entered must have been created, realized or significantly updated.
- The competition is open to individuals, groups, institutions, companies etc.
- The registration fee for each submission is 50,00 € and is necessary for receiving the entry identification code and submit your proposal project.
- Reshape is a digital competition. Hard copies of the proposal will not be accepted.
- Video documentation (approx.1 min. 50 MB max.) via upload
- 5 Images of the work (JPG, TIF, PNG (at maximum quality).
- A detailed Project description. The project description must include Concept idea, Function and prototype fabrication and Dissemination strategy,3000 characters max.
- A short biography of the artist(s) 1000 characters.
- The project proposal material (pdf, word document, video) should be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org in a .zip or .rar format named as ” Reshape19_Identificationcode_title of the project”.
- Disqualification of entries may occur if the guidelines are not met.
Prepare your picture and text material carefully. If your entry is awarded a prize, your material will be used for the Reshape website or any communication purpose from Reshape, INDUSTRY From Needs to Solution and Fira de Barcelona.
Significant attention will be given to those projects that reconsider the idea of design in an inventive and experimental way, establishing interconnections between users, environment and data.
Reshape aims to merge both design and making in a complete creative process. Therefore, each design approach must present a clear fabrication strategy, materializing design solutions with tools that are available in a Fab Lab or Maker Space.
A dissemination plan needs to be elaborated.In order to visualize your idea in a potential market, is crucial to set a dissemination strategy, proposing convincing scenarios of implementation for each proposal.
Deadline: September 07, 2019
Cost/funding for participants:
Reshape V edition will shortlist three winners, respectively from the Wearable technology and Smart product category. Additionally, two honorable mentions will be nominated for each category. The first winning designers will be awarded two scholarships* (value: 6.500 Euro) for the Design for Wearables postgraduate at IED Barcelona, and a financial prize up to 1.000 Euro.
Moreover, all selected talents, winners and honorable mentions, will have the chance to participate in Reshape Forum, with a free ticket pass at INDUSTRY From Need to Solution Event (overall ticket price: 400 Euro) . At the Reshape Forum, designers will meet relevant industry leaders, presenting their proposals to the INDUSTRY and Reshape audience. Additionally, shortlisted projects will be showcased at Reshape Exhibition and invited to the Reshape Networking night.
(100% Scholarship program for the Wearable technology category 1st winner, 50% Scholarship program for the Smart Product category 1st winner. The inscription fee is not included.