“I'm convinced there is an urgent need to bring together the best design minds from around the world to learn from one another and define their sense of purpose."
Surya Vanka, IDSA
(former director of user experience at Microsoft)
The awards gala will be held August 22nd here in Seattle, Washington marking a close to the IDSA 2015 International Conference: The Future of the Future. IDEA is a global design competition with applicants spanning from “Australia to Austria; Estonia to Iran; and Serbia to Somalia”. This year’s competition had over 1,700 project entries and of those entries 81 were chosen as Top Winners to be revealed as either Gold or Silver at this month’s Gala. ShiftLabs is overjoyed to announce that our very own DripAssist has been chosen as a Top Winner.
Winners of the IDEA awards are determined by an impressive collection of twenty-four international design experts. Matthew Marzynski, jury chair and professor of industrial design at the University of Washington, was appointed by IDSA's Board of Directors. He assembled a diverse cross-disciplinary team consisting of jurors from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, the Université de Montréal Design School, The Nike Foundation, Microsoft’s Strategic Prototyping and Advanced Strategies Group and a wealth of other international leaders in the field.
IDEA prides itself on being one of the most rigorous design competitions in the world. Winning designs must meet the extensive criteria including: Innovation, Benefit to the User, Responsibility (to society, environment, culture and economy), Benefit to the Client, and Visual Appeal. The competition is divided into 20 different categories including Digital Design, Automotive and Transportation, and Communication Tools. DripAssist was selected as a Top Winner of Social Impact Design. Previous winners of IDEA’s Social Impact Design award include Evotech’s Low-Cost Portable Endoscope which has been used by Medicine for humanity when treating women in Uganda and the Zoom Jet Cookstove, a clean burning, and portable, cook stove that reduces charcoal expenses by up to 60 percent and challenges the global poverty gap.
It is exciting to see this small Seattle start-up hold its weight among industry giants such as Nokia and Tesla. ShiftLabs Co-Founder and CEO Beth Kolko says she is “honored and delighted to be in the company of amazing products with eye opening designs”. Such an esteemed accomplishment reinforces our mission. Simple devices created for universal accessibility play a crucial role in today’s industrial design.
To see the other incredible Top Winners of this year’s awards visit: