The winner of this year’s Prague-based international design contest “Dassault Systèmes Design Challenge 2012” is Riten Gojiya of India. Riten came with a futuristic vision of a hovercraft for “zero gravity tours”. The second prize went to Josef Ludvík Böhm and his design of an active robotic orthosis, “7-miles”. Jakub Novák, with a project of a non-traditional pedal boat, was awarded third place.
In total, over 60 designers entered the competition, held under the auspices of the Prague Mayor, for young designers under 35 years of age. They were to present, through individual objects, their ideas of a modern European city and its citizens.
The competition was organised by Dassault Systèmes and the magazine AutoDesign&Styling with the support of the civic association Czechdesign. The organizers chose the topic “Age of Design” as they wanted to draw attention to the important role of applied design in everyday life. On 7 September, the seven-member jury, led by Anne Asensio, selected three finalists. They attended the final workshop, during which they developed their concepts using the professional 3D design tool CATIA Natural Sketch.
“All three final projects are realistic though innovative. For both residents and tourists they offer a unique way to experience and explore Prague. Riten Gojiya’s inspirational winning project proves that its author is a great and poetic storyteller,” said the designer Anne Asensio, Vice President of Dassault Systèmes and the chairwoman of the jury.
The official prize ceremony took place in the National Technical Library at the AutoDesign Prague conference on Thursday 18 October. The winner will receive EUR 1,000. The runner-up will get EUR 500 and third place will be rewarded with EUR 300.
The jury consisted of Anne Asensio, AutoDesign&Styling Editor-in-Chief Radek Laube, Jana Vinšová from Czechdesign, Dassault Systèmes’ Automotive Industry Client Executive Miloš Korvas and renowned Czech designers Ladislav Škoda, Petr Novaque and Martin Žampach. The competition projects will be published in the next issue of AutoDesign&Styling.
You can find a video from the jury meeting chaired by Anne Asensio here.
The video from the final workshop with the 3D design tool is available here.