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Popular Choice Finalist
- Grand Prize
Awarded to the Finalist that makes the most progress during the Studio Phase and shows the greatest promise for continued business success.
- Finalist Award (5)
Finalists will participate in the Studio Phase from April 2013 to August 2013. During this "business accelerator," up to three members of each finalist team or organization will receive 5 months of studio space from NYDesigns (valued at approximately $1,650), $300 in 3D printing services from Shapeways, a starter and extended kit from LittleBits (valued at over $230), as well as a $4,000 budget for prototyping materials and access to equipment. Technical support and mentorship from other industry leaders such as Adafruit Industries and Honeybee Robotics will also be provided. Total Approximate Value: $6,180 per finalist
- Popular Choice Finalist
The Popular Choice Finalist will also participate in the Studio Phase from April 2013 to August 2013. During this "business accelerator," up to three members of the finalist team or organization will receive 5 months of studio space from NYDesigns (valued at approximately $1,650), $300 in 3D printing services from Shapeways, a starter and extended kit from LittleBits (valued at over $230), as well as a $4,000 budget for prototyping materials and access to equipment. Technical support and mentorship from other industry leaders such as Adafruit Industries and Honeybee Robotics will also be provided.
Total Approximate Value: $6,180
About the Challenge
New York City is challenging you to create new physical products that have commercial potential, and to become one of New York’s Next Top Makers. Your new product can be in any of the following product categories: consumer products, equipment, furniture and lighting, soft goods, packaging, interaction, transportation, DIY (kits) or something else, provided it meets the eligibility requirements listed in the Official Rules.
To get started check out the requirement (for complete information see the Official Rules):
- Eligibility Summary (NYC residents and NYC-based organizations with <10 employees)
- Product Categories
- Required Submission Questions
Judges will select their top 5 new products and the public will vote to determine their favorite. All six finalists will receive assistance on the path to commercialization during a five-month Studio Phase. Assistance will include studio space from sponsor NYDesigns, business support, and mentorship from industry experts such as Adafruit Industries, Honeybee Robotics and Shapeways. After the Studio phase, finalists will publically showcase their progress and their prototypes. Judges will then select one Grand Prize winner from the six finalists to receive an $11,000 cash prize.
The goal of the challenge is to support design-driven production, promote a culture of innovation and commercialization, and to foster the development of new businesses within New York City’s industrial business, design and engineering communities.
Executive Dean, Parsons the New School for Design
Founder/ CEO, littleBits
Senior Curator, Department of Architecture & Design/Director, Department of Research & Development, Museum of Modern Art
Founder and CEO, OUYA
V.P. & Director of Operations, Lux Capital
Creative Director, Fab.com
- Quality of the idea
Including originality and creativity and whether the new product design is substantially different from current market offerings.
- Quality of the product design
Including thoroughness of product design documentation submitted; the degree to which the product’s visual appeal and user experience are demonstrated; and the inclusion and quality of a physical prototype, if appropriate.
- Commercial potential
Including feasibility of production, material and production costs, scalability, and potential demand.
- Potential impact on NYC
Including business ecosystem fit, whether part of the production value chain could exist locally, and potential for local product adoption.
- Potential to benefit from Studio Phase
Including how a submitter/team plans to use the Studio Phase to move their product forward in a way that could not be achieved without assistance.
- Quality of Team
Including prior successes and experience of team members and capacity of the team to execute and bring a product to market.
- Grand Prize Criteria: Progress During Studio Phase
Including the relative progress made developing a prototype and bringing a product to market, and the team’s success in executing on their goals.
- Grand Prize Criteria: Business Promise
Including commercial potential of the product and the team’s potential for success after the Studio Phase.