The Design Intelligence Award 2022 is open and free, with a whopping $750,000 fund

Ask yourself. Is a design good if it wins an award? Or is it good if it had a positive impact on people? The latter seems like the most obvious option, right? Well, that’s the goal of China’s premier awards program, the Design Intelligence Award. Founded in 2015 by the Chinese Academy of Arts, the DIA Award does more than just discover good design… It develops it. Functioning partly as an awards program and partly as a product accelerator, the DIA Award celebrates innovation and entrepreneurial imagination. The Free Entry Prize Program features a two-round judging and evaluation process, with the goal of helping to develop products that uniquely benefit humanity. In doing so, the DIA Prize also aims to create a platform to accelerate international trade, increase connectivity and open business opportunities. After all, good design only has impact when it reaches and benefits more people, right? To that end, the awards program has even set up an award fund worth 5 million RMB yen, or $750,000 to help incubate great ideas into great designs.

The Design Intelligence Award evaluation process takes place in two stages – a preliminary and a more practical final. Meanwhile, an elite panel of 550 multi-disciplinary design experts evaluate entries based on three criteria/layers – 1) The fundamental layer emphasizes the “Design Principles”, covering functionality, aesthetics, technicality, user experience and durability. 2) The advanced layer emphasizes “Design Branch”, covering contribution to humanity, industry and the future. 3) The top layer emphasizes “The Impact of Design” with regard to social influence and industrial development.

Based on these criteria, the DIA Jury selects 30 exceptional, innovative and positive impact projects. Winners have access to the DIA prize fund of 5 million RMB yen (750,000 USD), with the winner alone receiving 1 million RMB yen. Although this is not the end. All winners are invited to the DIA Awards Ceremony to speak face-to-face with global representatives from various industries such as design, academic circles, media, etc. The award also organizes a series of expert lectures known as D-WILL, sponsored by Zhejiang Modern Intelligent Manufacturing Promotion Center and China Academy of Arts Design Innovation Center, with the aim of leading innovation and connectivity. With “Meet design, Meet future” as its initial intention, the conference invites education experts, industry elites and pioneers to share their achievements and ideas in their personal research and careers with younger generations. Finally, the winners are featured in the media as part of a coordinated public relations campaign to help get their work noticed by everyone. In fact, you can scroll down to see some winners and honorable mentions from last year’s Design Intelligence Awards.

Do you have an innovative idea for a product or service? Want to win up to 1 million yen RMB (147,000 USD) to help develop it into a tangible design that will change your life? Click here to register for the Design Intelligence Awards 2022 for FREE!

X2 by HT Aerospace Technology Co.Ltd.

The X2 is an award-winning flying car, or what the designers like to call a “three-dimensional transport system”! With a cockpit no larger than your average automobile, the X2 seats two and uses four propellers for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Its unique aesthetic is a combination of cyberpunk inspiration and aerodynamics. The X2 takes a teardrop shape for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, but has an aesthetic that still puts it in somewhat automotive territory. If you’re wondering if the X2 is also made from a bulletproof metal alloy like the Cybertruck, it’s not. Instead, it uses a carbon fiber interior and exterior to achieve that lightweight construction needed to be an efficient “flying car”!

Tmall Genie Queen by Zhejiang Tmall Technology Co., Ltd

Designed to be a smart mirror, the Tmall Genie Queen is not just a mirror with a speaker attached. Instead, it’s an IoT-enabled grooming system that accompanies you as you groom, giving you grooming and makeup tips to help you look your best. The mirror is equipped with Tmall’s voice AI and even has a light ring built into the edge of the mirror that automatically lights up to give you perfect illumination when applying your makeup. Does he also play music? Of course!

Carbon fiber violin by Jiang Mi

It’s not a Stradivarius, but in defense of the violin, the makers of the Stradivarius probably didn’t have access to new materials like carbon fiber. Carbon fiber, curiously, is a rather interesting material when it comes to acoustics. We’ve seen carbon fiber guitars and speakers in the past, although this might be the first carbon fiber fiddle we’ve ever laid eyes on. Designed with an incredibly sleek and streamlined body, this violin is much thinner than traditional violins, and lighter too. Designed using ‘injection molding methods’ (although how to do this for a hollow instrument is definitely confusing), the violin comes with what looks like a fully unibody design, making it much more durable than any other violin. It also means that the violin can be available in a multitude of different colors, bringing a whole new appeal to the otherwise strictly traditional instrument.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

Designed to be the first-ever foldable screen laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Fold comes with a 13.3-inch OLED screen that folds in half and a physical keyboard that attaches to the screen when you want to use it in laptop mode and detaches to turn the X1 Fold into a folding tablet. This significantly helps reduce the laptop’s original frame, making it slightly thicker, but smaller in width, thanks to the folding screen. Each X1 Folf also comes with a kickstand to support the screen and a stylus that lets you experience the full potential of the Windows tablet.

Bike Sadler by AQL8 srl

If a folding tablet/laptop wasn’t enough, say hello to the Sadler – a hubless foldable e-bike that shrinks down to the size of a cart, making it the world’s most compact folding e-bike. The Sadler comes with a carbon fiber frame and hubless rear wheel motor. The bike’s minimalist design takes it a step further with its folding action, which makes it take up less than half of its original space. Designed in Italy, the Sadler bike weighs 15 kilograms at face value, but can support almost ten times its weight. The e-bike’s internal battery has a range of 90 kilometres, while the rear wheel motor can reach speeds of up to 25 km/h, as specified by European regulations.

Do you have an innovative idea for a product or service? Want to win up to 1 million yen RMB (147,000 USD) to help develop it into a tangible design that will change your life? Click here to register for the Design Intelligence Awards 2022 for FREE!

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