Do I need to be based in an Asia Pacific country to be eligible to enter?

Yes. You need to be a resident of Asia Pacific. This is an Asia Pacific-based competition, and is open exclusively to Asia Pacific-based designers.

What sort of product/prototype can I submit?

Your design must be for furniture, lighting or interior-based accessories.

One of the entry criteria is that my design must be in development. What does ‘in development’ mean?

It means that your design is not yet in commercial production.

I’ve already been talking to manufacturers about my design. Am I still eligible to enter?

Please note that products/prototypes must not be subject to any current manufacturers’ agreements.

My product was designed by a team that I was part of. Can we enter as a team of designers?

Yes. However, the prizes are fixed; additional prize money/benefits will not be available if the there is more than one designer.

Can my entry consist of more than one product?

An entry can constitute a single product or a collection of closely related products. However, the manufacturing grant amount is fixed; additional manufacturing grant funds will not be available if the winning entry consists of more than one product.

Is there a time period in which my product must have been designed?

Yes. Product/prototype designs must be less than 24 months old from the date of submission.

There are two live judging sessions for finalists – one in Sydney and one in Singapore. Which one would I go to if I’m shortlisted?

If you’re a resident of Australia or New Zealand, you’ll attend the Sydney session. If you’re a resident of any other Asia Pacific country, you’ll attend the Singapore session.

If I’m shortlisted, do I need to be present at the live judging session?

It’s preferable that you are there in person. It’s crucial for your prototype to be there. If you can’t make it in person, you’ll need to ‘pitch’ your design to the judges via Skype Video/Google Meeting during the session. The idea is for you to engage in a conversation with the judges (in English). The judges will be looking closely at your prototype while discussing the design with you.

I’ve been shortlisted, but I don’t speak English well. What can I do?

It’s strongly suggested that you arrange for a translator to be involved. This will be at your cost, and must be identified and organised well in advance.

Do I need to make my own travel arrangements to attend the live judging session if I’m shortlisted?

Yes. Travel and accommodation will not be paid for or managed by Indesign Media Asia Pacific.

Does the same apply to sending my prototype?

Yes. Transport and insurance of prototypes will not be paid for or managed by Indesign Media Asia Pacific. Note that you’ll need to arrange to have your prototype repacked and collected at the end of the session. Please see the Launch Pad Terms and Conditions and read them carefully.

My prototype is a light. Would it need to be switched on during the live judging?

Yes, and you’d need to have it tested and tagged by a qualified electrician prior to sending it for live judging. For all the criteria related to lighting products, please see the Launch Pad Terms and Conditions.

What will the judges be looking for?

Applicants must demonstrate that their submission is commercially viable and has potential longevity in the commercial marketplace. Judges will consider whether the product is suitable for production (other than self production) and determine if there is sufficient market demand for the submitted prototype to warrant additional mentoring to further the product development. The Judges will consider each submission based on the following criteria:

  • Authenticity/Originality of design
  • Performance and user-friendliness
  • Ecological and economic impact
  • Innovation
  • Quality of prototype
  • Future potential

How many images can I submit?

You can submit a maximum of three images per entry.

What size do the images need to be?

Please ensure your images are of the highest quality. We suggest 1500 x 1000 pixels in landscape orientation. We will NOT accept pixellated images.

What text do I need to submit?

You can register to enter at launchpad.awardstack.com and view the online entry form with no commitment to lodge an entry. You’ll be asked for some basic details, and then for longer responses about your motivations for the design, how the product works, the materials you used, etc.

Can I save a draft of my entry and return to it later?

Yes. You can return to and edit your entry at any point up to 11:59pm on Monday 12 March 2018, Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time. Your entry will not be complete until final payment has been processed and your entry submitted.

What’s the deadline for submission?

Entries close at 11:59pm on Monday 12 March 2018, Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time. Indesign Media Asia Pacific must receive your entry and payment on or before this date.

Will you be extending the deadline?

Stay tuned!

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry to Launch Pad is AUD55 (including GST) for your first entry, and AUD20 (including GST) for your second entry.

Where can I read the full Terms & Conditions?

Please find them at launchpad.awardstack.com/terms, and read them carefully.

I’m having technical difficulties with my entry. Who can help?

Please contact narelle@indesign.com.sg or luis@indesign.com.sg and we’ll get right on it!

When will the results be announced?

The Runner Up and Ultimate Winner will be announced at the INDE.Awards gala in Singapore in late June. We’ll be opening up ticket sales via indeawards.com soon. (In case you didn’t know, Launch Pad is part of the INDE.Awards.) Stay tuned!