2020

ACDC Express 2020 Design Competition

In partnership with StudioMIC, Local ZA Design and ACDC Dynamics.

“Without good design, humankind has nothing to desire.” ~ Michele Grech-Cumbo.

ABOUT SWITCH

The SWITCH Design Competition is an ACDC Express initiative that encourages South African designers to solve an everyday issue faced by countless South Africans – having to study by candlelight! Every South African has the right to an education, but should have the right to safety as well. We are calling on all designers to create an innovative solar solution. The SWITCH Design Competition allows ACDC Express and their partners to contribute to our country and local communities. ACDC Express is providing a platform for local designers to showcase their talents and potentially establish a name for themselves.

SWITCH seeks to encourage designers from all walks of life to engage their talents in the conceptual design of a practical product, focussing on uniqueness and aesthetic appeal.

Entrants will be required to design an innovative light that utilises solar power and will improve the lives of struggling South Africans.

THE BRIEF

Studying by candlelight.

Studying by candlelight is a potential fire hazard, providing insufficient light for studying/reading purposes.

We require a creative solar light design that makes use of ACDC Express products. The light must produce enough illumination for a student to study by at night, while complying with the competition design specifications. The design should also be multi-functional, portable, and (if possible) modular.

The design must not exceed 300 mm H x 300 mm W x 300 mm D.

Keep in mind that the design, if manufactured, would be 3D printed. All designs must be rendered in white plastic. 

HOW THE COMPETITION WILL WORK

Entries open: 01 January, 2020.
Entries close: 30 April, 2020.
Successful entries chosen: 15 May, 2020.
Public votes open: 18 May, 2020.
Public votes close: 18 June, 2020.
Winners announced: 1 July, 2020.

The top 10 successful entrants will be telephonically informed on 15 May, 2020. It is the responsibility of the top 10  entrants to upload their design to Facebook and Instagram. Public votes will close on 18 June, 2020. The entrant with the most ‘likes’ or ‘hearts’ will be the winner of the public votes category. A public vote will only be considered valid if:

  • The entrant and voter has liked/followed the ACDC Express Facebook and Instagram pages;
  • Both ACDC Express and the entrant have been tagged; and
  • the correct hashtag has been utilized, namely: #2020SwitchUp.

All public votes will close on 18 June, 2020. No votes cast after this date will be tallied. While the public votes are taken into consideration, a panel of industry experts will gather to grade the top 10 entrants.

Judges panel:
Mario Maio – ACDC Dynamics CEO.
Ricardo Maio – ACDC Express Franchise Manager.
Jennifer Whale – ACDC Express General Manager.
Michele Grech-Cumbo – StudioMIC Co-Founder.
Jennifer Bettencourt – Social Media Influencer.

The winners will be announced on 1 July, 2020, via a Facebook and Instagram where the owner of the entrant’s local ACDC Express store will announce the winner. If the entrant was not informed about the competition by their local ACDC Express store, Ricardo Maio.

a. Product description (min. 150 words).

b. A presentation of your design – front, side, and 3D; including dimensions as a PDF file.

c. List of ACDC Express products used in your design, with accompanying product codes.

d. Entrant biography (min. 150 words).

e. Entrant photograph – this will be used if an entrant places 1st, 2nd, 3rd or best in public votes.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The criteria for judging will be as follows:

The entrant must submit all requirements or they will automatically forfeit the competition.

We are looking for contemporary designs that are visually stimulating, innovative, unique and marketable. 

We require a creative solar light design that makes use of an ACDC Express solar panel and LED strip light. The solar light must produce enough illumination for a student to study by at night, while complying with the competition design specifications. The design should also be multi-functional, portable and (if possible) modular.

We are looking for simplicity in the intended use. 

We are looking for unique and original use of materials and design. 

The design should aim to decrease the end user’s carbon footprint. 

The end-product should be affordable and easily manufacturable.

WHAT CAN BE WON

Judges’ vote winners:

R25 000.00 (Twenty Five Thousand Rand) as a cash prize or educational bursary and a feature in a publication chosen by the Promoters for the month of August 2020 as well as an advert in the chosen publication for the month of September 2020.

A feature in a publication chosen by the Promoters for the month of August 2020 as well as a blog post to be featured on the ACDC Express website.

A feature in a publication chosen by the Promoters for the month of August 2020 as well as a blog post to be featured on the ACDC Express website.

Will feature in a publication chosen by the Promoters for the month of August 2020 as well as a blog post to be featured on the ACDC Express website.

Judges’ winners, as well as the public vote winner, will have two 3D prints of their design created by ACDC Express. One copy of the designs will be handed to the winners, and one will be kept for the ACDC Express wall of fame.

MANUFACTURING

Should the winning design entrant wish to have their design manufactured, ACDC Express will assist in creating an online crowdfunding page in support of the winner. All funds will belong to the designer, not ACDC Express.

YOUR LOCAL ACDC EXPRESS

Should an entrant have heard about the SWITCH Design Competition from their local ACDC Express store, the entrant must ensure that the store’s unique SWITCH code has been included when submitting all requirements. 

COMPETITION ENTRY FORM

Kindly ensure that you  have read the Terms & Conditions before submitting your requirements.