SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

THEME

NEW STORY

Encountering something new
leads to new conversations,
spreading new ideas,
and bringing new people together.
It’s the start of a new life.
What kind of design would pave the way to such a new experience?
It’s something that opens new doors and goes on to establish new genres.
We look forward to the new stories you create.

ELIGIBLE ENTRIES

Stationery, furniture, household goods etc.

ELIGIBILITY

Corporations, organizations, individuals, and group are all welcome,
regardless of age, sex, professional background, or nationality.

Entry eligibility is limited to those designs never before shown publicly
(in Japan, other countries).

Persons able to make a presentation at final judging (secondary judging) in Tokyo. (January 18, 2018)

* The contest organizer will pay expenses incurred by participants for travel and lodging
(up to two individuals for group entries).

NUMBER OF SUBMISSION ALLOWED

Unlimited

PRIZES

Grand Prix 2,000,000en Merit Award 500,000en

* Special prizes may be awarded.
* Not all prizes may be awarded for all categories if there is no winner selected.
* Prize money will be paid net of withholding tax, surtax for reconstruction funding, and other applicable deductions.

JUDGES

 Ryosuke Uehara  Masashi Kawamura 
 Oki Sato 
 Yasuhiro Suzuki 
 Yoshie Watanabe  Akihiro Kuroda 

JUDGING CRITERIA

Relevance to the theme

Degree of perfection of the design & idea

Feasibility of commercialization

COMMERCIALIAL DEVELOPMENT OF WINNING ENTRIES

Prize-winning designs may be adapted into commercial products.

Winners may be asked to participate in meetings to assess the commercial viability of their products. More information will be provided to relevant individuals at a later date.

SCHEDULE

Registration through Winner Announcements

REGISTRATION & SUBMISSION

June 15 to 12:00 (noon) JPT
on August 31

Check the entry requirements, and then register your entrant information, design information, and submit your design data using the ENTRY pages on our website.

INITIAL JUDGING

Early October 2017 [tentative]

Judgment based on the presentation sheet.

ENTRANT NOTIFICATIONS

Early to Mid November 2017 [tentative]

Only successful entrants will be contacted.

FINAL JUDGING AND AWARDS CEREMONY

January 18, 2018 [tentative]

Judgment based on an interview featuring the presentation sheet and a Design Model.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 18, 2018 [tentative]

Winners will be posted on the KOKUYO DESIGN AWARDS website after the conclusion of the official announcements.
* Schedule subject to change.

ORGANIZER / SPONSOR

Organizer KOKUYO Co.,Ltd.

Sponsor Design Magazine AXIS

ENTRY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • •Submissions must be the original work of the entrant. Submissions cannot have been made public (in Japan or overseas) before or concurrent to this contest.
  • •Submitted works cannot have been entered into other competitions. Submissions may not be displayed publicly without the agreement of the contest organizer.
  • •Worldwide rights related to patents, utility models, designs, trademarks, or copyrights (including rights specified in Article 27 and 28 of the Copyright Act of Japan) for winning submissions shall reside with the contest organizer for any works selected for awards (winning submissions). The entrant agrees not to exercise his/her rights to such works for winning submissions. Payment for the transfer of said rights from the entrant to the contest organizer shall be deemed as made in the form of contest prize money.
  • •All rights (intellectual property rights, etc.) and obligations related to works not selected for awards shall, as a rule, reside with the related entrant.
  • •The contest organizer recommends all entrants take steps to protect their rights as necessary.
  • •An award given to any winning submitted work with the same (or very similar) design as an article made public may be withdrawn at any time, even after winners have been announced. The foregoing also applies to any submitted works that infringe on the intellectual property rights of a third party, either prior to, concurrent with, or subsequent to submission.
  • •The contest organizer may ask entrants questions about their works during the judging process or in connection with product commercialization.
  • •The contest organizer shall make decisions related to matters not addressed by contest rules. Entrants not agreeing to decisions may withdraw their entry.
  • •The organizer shall not be held responsible for any expenses incurred with the entry of works withdrawn. The contest organizer will exercise due care in the handling and transportation of works submitted. However, the contest organizer shall not be liable for any damage or loss resulting from natural disasters or other unexpected events.
  • •Works (including Presentation Sheets and Models) submitted shall belong to the contest organizer and shall not be returned. The contest organizer retains all rights related to contest exhibition or publication of submitted Works.
  • •Winning Works adapted into commercial products may be altered (in whole or in part) as deemed necessary.
  • •Minors must have a parent or guardian sign a letter of consent before prizes may be given.

PRIVACY POLICY

Personal information received from entrants will be managed according to the "Personal Information Protection Policy" of KOKUYO Co., Ltd. and of AXIS Inc. which serves as the managing office for this contest. Personal information will only be used for the purposes of running this contest, for sending information, for related requests, and for statistical analysis. Non-identifiable person information may be shared with group companies.

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