The Inaugural Shenzhen Global Design Award
Call for Entries
The Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Design Week cordially invites designers from around the world to enter the inaugural Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA).
City of Shenzhen
Being the first special economic zone in China, Shenzhen grows from a small fishermen village of 300,000 people ashore South China Sea to a metropolis of over 15 million with the nation’s fastest growing economy in just 36 years.
Recognized as the birth place of China’s modern design, Shenzhen has been attracting design talents around the country and her flourishing design industries cover various categories, including graphic, industrial and product, fashion, architectural, interior, etc.
In 2008, Shenzhen was designated the City of Design by UNESCO and joined the Creative Cities Network which currently consists of 116 members.
In recent years, the Municipal Government of Shenzhen has been strongly supporting the design communities and boosting the design industries with large investments, aiming to transform the manufacturing hub of the world into a premium design hub.
Shenzhen Design Week
The Shenzhen Design Week is another big initiative engineered by the authorities to support the design communities. The first edition starting in late April 2017, it is an international annual design event sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, administered by the Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office, and organized by Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA).
It aims to provide platforms for international exchange, communication and cooperation in various design categories. It also provides good opportunities for designers from around the world to showcase their talents through different events such as exhibitions, workshops, and forums, etc.
Scholars, policy makers, managers, students in relevant fields and professional designers all over the world are welcome to participate in these events happening simultaneously during the course of one week over different parts of the city.
Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA)
In parallel with the Shenzhen Design Week, the Shenzhen Global Design Award is organized to recognize and reward outstanding designers, and to enhance exchanges between designers at home and abroad.
TheAwardaims to discover designers with creativity, vision, foresight, and influence. It also aims to enhance the exchanges and cooperation among all designers from different countries and inspire the industrialization of creative designs as well as the promotion of creative design concept.
The Shenzhen Design Award is supported by the Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Design Week, and organized by the Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA).
Theme for 2017: Design for the Future
The competition is open to individual applicants and teams.
Local designers refer to individuals who register and establish design companies in Shenzhen or engage in the design industry in Shenzhen, with valid residence permit in Shenzhen or Resident Identity Card of Shenzhen.
Local design agencies must be registered companies in Shenzhen.
Entries must be works that are complete, on the market or being mass-produced, or functional prototypes that can be displayed before preliminary evaluation. Entries’ complete date must be between1 January 2015 and 31 December 2017.
Models, renderings, conceptual works, show flats, prototypes, artists' impressions of designs, designs that are still under development are NOT eligible as entries.
The entry must be submitted by the design's owner or client, the brand's owner, its designer or its design consultancy.
For the first edition in 2017, we welcome industrial and product designers and design teams in fields including but not limited to:
Camera & camcorder, audio & visual products, computers and information technology, computer accessories, communication devices, smart devices, etc.
Product designs for outdoor, leisure & sports, games & hobby, entertainment technology devices, gifts & crafts, etc.
Products designs for living room, bedroom, kitchen, dining, bathrooms, spas, etc.
Tableware & decoration, lighting, furniture, home textiles, etc.
Product designs for medicine & health care, special vehicles and devices for construction & agriculture, vehicles (land, water, aerospace), etc.
One Grand Award, USD 200,000
Two gold awards, USD 100,000 each
Four silver awards, USD 50,000 each
Ten bronze awards, USD 20,000 each
Winners should be
(I) original, experimental, exploratory and forward-looking; proposing creative ideas for future development;
(II) public-oriented, practical, eco-friendly and recyclable; proposing new urban living concepts;
(III) pioneering, dynamic, facilitative and transformative; improving the efficiency of industrial development;
(IV) influential, attracting wide international attention.
The assessment will be conducted in two stages based on actual items and supporting materials:
1 First stage: preliminary assessment
The preliminary assessment will be conducted online through digital materials by the judging panel according to the assessment criteria. Entries recommended by supporting agencies enter the final directly without going through first screening.
2 Second stage: final assessment
The judging panel will hold the final assessment meeting in Shenzhen. Actual items and supporting materials will be presented at the meeting and winners of all categories will be selected.
The judging panel comprises nine world-leading designers from different countries. The members of the judging panel will be announced on the official website of the Award one month before the final assessment. The Chairman of the judging panel will be elected by all members at the preliminary assessment meeting.
The Chairman of the judging panel will be responsible for convening the assessment meetings, monitoring the assessment procedure and announcing the final results.
Members of the judging panel are not allowed to enter.
All supporting units of the Shenzhen Design Week and SDA can nominate designs which will directly enter the final assessment.
Supporting units must register all nominees and submit their designs and relevant materials before 31 December 2017, or instruct nominees to complete registration and application online, and deliver works before the deadline.
Call for entries: 1 July –1st March 2018
Online registration deadline: 1st March 2018
Objects submission deadline (Arrival date at the secretariat): 1st March 2018
Final judging and Results Announcement: mid-March 2018
Award presentation ceremony: April 2018
Applicants must register on the official website of the Award (www.s-d-a.org) and submit supporting documents (all materials must be written in English) before 18:00, 1st March 2018 (Beijing time) following the steps below:
1 Read and agree to terms and conditions of the event;
2 Register with user name and password created and log in;
3 Complete personal/team information;
4 Complete design description form (one entry one form);
5 Upload your photo or team’s photo;
6 Deliver actual items and make sure they arrive at the secretariat before 15th January 2018 (Beijing time).
Online application and entry submission are free of charge. However, any costs incurred by the shipping and insurance are at the expenses of the entrants.
Please read the Terms and Conditions of SDA 2017 below carefully. By entering this competition, entrants declare that they agree to all these articles.
Personal Data Protection
All personal information submitted will solely be used for the Awardpurposes. The entrants preserve the rights regarding access to and correction of personal data provided for nomination.
Prevention of Bribery Ordinance
Entrants are reminded that it is an offense to offer any advantages (e.g. money, gift, etc.) to the organizer, an employee of the organizer, supporting units or the Jurors as an inducement to or reward for favorable considerations.
Room 102, 4th Building, E-Hub, Qianhai
Shenzhen, China, 518054
Phone：+ 86 755 6661 9308
Log on the website www.s-d-a.org for more info.
 It should be reiterated that the entrants are the only owners of all rights related to the Design they submit, including but not limited to contractual rights, user rights, copyright, design rights, patents and all other proprietary and intellectual property rights. Any use or modification of the Design by SDPA is for the purpose of promotion (including promotional exhibitions and publications) of the Award only.