Today, disciplines as programming and electronics become highly transversal, blurring old boundaries and merging different fields of knowledge. Fashion has been already highly affected by this radical change. Therefore, clothes, shoes and other accessories can now incorporate elements of hardware and software, generating a peculiar mix between fashion and computation that is incredibly fertile and inspiring. Data becomes Beauty, Interaction becomes Emotion. As a result, a new esthetic is emerging. Reshape focuses on the definition of this language, proposing a new challenge to makers and designers: RESHAPE15 | wearable technology competition.
Proposals can focus on the possibilities of wearable technology without any design limitation. Once again Reshape leaves to designers freedom and responsibility of their own choices. Participants are required to submit a project that will focus on the mission of Reshape, merging ideas with fabrication processes and market viabilities. The distributed network of fabrication of Reshape includes Fab Labs and Makerspace, all equipped with digital fabrication machines such laser cutters, 3d printers, milling machines and robotic arms. Entries are required to rely on those machines as main tools for the fabrication process. Assembly method and production costs will also be considered in the evaluation process.
All projects will be evaluated on a scale from 1 to 10 according to the following categories:
Will be given significant attention to those projects which reconsider wearables in an inventive and experimental way, re-evaluating interconnections between users, digital fabrication, environment and data.
The design approach must present a clear fabrication strategy, relying design solutions on digital fabrication tools available in a Fab Lab or Makerspace, as Reshape aims to merge both designing and making.
It is vital to consider economically feasible design and fabrication solutions, giving a reasonable estimation for the overall design proposal and its market ability.
The registration fee for each submission is 50,00 € and is necessary for receiving the entry identification code.
The total prize is 2700 € and it will be distributed as follows:
1st prize 1500 €*
2nd prize 700 €*
3rd prize 500 €*
All winners will be included in the online platform of RESHAPE. In the website there will be a direct link to each project with information of each designer. Winners selected by the jury will be invited to take part in specific workshops in several Fab Labs connected to the competition. All the proposals will be presented in different exhibitions around the world. Reshape offers as well a unique e- commerce service. For the projects inserted in this platform, following conditions will be respected: for each product sold, royalties of 80% of income of sale will be recognized to designers and makers..
15th of January - 31st May 2015_ Online registration and submission.
15th of January – 30th April 2015_ Questions and answers online at www.youreshape.com 31st of May 2015_ submissions deadline 23:59 (UTC/GMT +1 hour)
1st of June - 30th June 2015_ Evaluation of projects
6th of July 2015_ Announcement of prizes
To be scheduled_ Award ceremony and final exhibition (*)
*the exact date and place will be published online.
For more info visit www.youreshape.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org