On June 27, Samsung launched a competition to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Galaxy family – featuring $40,000 in prize money – that challenges designers around the world to dream up their own boundary-pushing Galaxy design.
Held in collaboration with leading design magazine Dezeen, the Samsung Mobile Design Competition is a global contest that challenges contestants to come up with innovative ways for Galaxy devices to be utilized in the future.
The competition, which runs through August 4, is open to any and all designers (individuals, studios and students) and includes categories spanning both product and graphic design.
Those competing in the “Next Mobile +” product-design category will submit accessory designs for Galaxy smartphones, tablets and wearables (including the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds) that take the mobile experience to the next level. Contestants competing in the “Next Mobile Wallpaper Paradigm” graphic-design category will submit visuals that take wallpaper design in a new direction by incorporating game-changing elements like interactivity and contextual awareness.
Entering the contest is easy and may be done by visiting Dezeen’s official website, which includes full details on the competition, including submission instructions and prize information.
Those interested in entering the “Next Mobile +” product-design category should submit, among other items, their design files, as well as a full description of product’s concept, detailed information on its specifications and target audience, and renderings of lifestyle images (or videos) depicting it in use. Contestants competing in the “Next Mobile Wallpaper Paradigm” graphic-design category should submit, among other items, their final design – in image, video or APK file format – as well as still images of their design on various Galaxy devices, and an explanation of the idea behind it.
Submissions will be subjected to several rounds of evaluation, with only the best of the best entries advancing to the next stages.
Once the initial rounds are completed, the top five finalists in each category will present their ideas on September 25 before a panel of Samsung executives and well-known designers – including Erwan Bouroullec, one half of the famed furniture-design duo the Bouroullec brothers – who will select the contest’s first, second and third place winners.
The first-place winning individual or team in each category will take home the competition’s $10,000 grand prize. The second and third place winners will receive cash prizes totaling $5,000 and $3,000, respectively, with the remaining finalists earning honorable mention honors and $1,000 prizes.
Each of the top three winners will receive an invite to this year’s Samsung Developer Conference– held from October 29–30 in San Jose, California – where they’ll officially receive their awards. Mock-ups of the top five entries will also be featured at the conference.
The countdown’s officially on! If you think you’ve got a great idea for a game-changing Galaxy accessory or graphic design, submit your concept to Dezeen’s website by August 4 for a chance to win one of the competition’s top prizes.
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Super cool, honestly I'm a horrible designer. But I wish the artists the best of luck!