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Q: Isn’t requiring designers to be 35 years and under ageist?
No, this competition was created to foster the ideas of people who have not yet had the time to get their voices out there.

Q: My project is collaborative, are we eligible?
A: No. At this time Collaborations between individuals, firms, disciplines, and consultants are not accepted.

Q: Are students eligible to enter?
A: No.

Q: I am not sure if my idea qualifies. How can I find out?
A: In general, if your idea is original, incorporates principles of good design, and considers how design can be inclusive and empowering. If you are still unsure, email a brief explanation of your idea to and we will let you know.

Q: What are the dates of the competition?
A: The competition opens on February 4, 2013 and closes on March 6, 2013.

Q: Is there a fee for entering?
A: Yes, the fee for entering is $100 for IIDA Members and $150 for non IIDA Members per submission. Payment accepted in U.S. funds only. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Q: What credit cards do you accept?
A: We accept MasterCard, VISA, and AMEX.

Q: What are the judging criteria?
A: Evidence of inclusive design, excellence of aesthetic expression, technological innovation, and economic potential of your idea.

Q: Will any portion of the application be made public?
A: Yes, the names, ideas, and images of the winner, runners-ups. By submitting the application you are agreeing that IIDA can publish your materials. We will always give you full credit.

Q: What about copyrights? Should I be concerned that someone will steal my idea?
A: We believe that promising young designers have many great ideas. Sometimes you have to throw your idea out there and see what comes back. And of course, there are risks associated with doing this. We encourage you to take the risk. If you are very concerned, we suggest you do some research on copyrights, patents, and trademarks and get acquainted with copyright laws before submitting your application.

Q: The competition’s guidelines state that IIDA will have full rights to use the work as they see fit without any prior approval from the designer. Does this mean that IIDA assumes the right of ownership to the submitted design or product idea?
A: No, it does not mean that IIDA assumes the right of ownership to the idea. It means that you are granting us physical and electronic rights to the images and information submitted. We have the right to publish them freely, and without notifying you or further obtaining your permission.

Q: What are my obligations as a winner or honorable mention winner?
A: Obligations of the winner and honorable mentions are listed on the official guidelines.

Q: Where can I read the official guidelines and submission criteria of the competition?
A: The official guidelines and submission criteria are available here.

Q: My question was not addressed in the FAQ, who can I contact?
A: You can contact Aisha Williams at