30 June 2011
Open wave – boat design competition 2011
Aalto University, Finland – entries by October 31, 2011
VISIONS OF FUTURE BOATING
We are looking for future visions of leisure time boating. The contest is open for students and design-enthusiasts around the world. We are searching for radically new concepts and meanings of future recreational boating in diverse cultures around the world. Three winning entries will be granted a cash prize award. The total sum of awards is € 6000.
The group is interested in envisioning and conceptualizing future ways of boating in design-oriented ways. Social changes are regarded as important as technological enablers in shaping the future of recreational boating.
How would YOU like to spend time on the water?
Over time, recreational boating has shaped into different modes around the world. In some regions, recreational boating has been regarded as a privilege of the upper class. Owning a boat might be expensive. Sustainability of motor boating is questionable. Lifestyles are changing; modern life is busy and urban. Do we have the possibility to spend time on the water anymore? What could be the sustainable ways of boating?
Recreational boating can be seen as an empowering activity. When boating, one has the opportunity to relax in direct contact with nature. Boating has the potential to provide a huge variety of experiences – from memories of spending time together with friends to intensive experiences of discovery and surviving.
How could the future of boating look like? How would YOU like to spend time on the water? What kind of experiences could boating offer you and your close ones? We encourage you to take into account your local circumstances and culture and envision your own boating dream. Choose one of the themes described below. You can also mix themes, if needed.
A BOAT – NEW WAYS OF MOVING AND SPENDING TIME ON THE WATER
A BOATING SERVICE – NEW SERVICE CONCEPTS FOR BOATERS
A MARINA EXPERIENCE – HOW IS THE FUTURE MARINA LIKE?
We are open to radically new ideas. It is not necessary to focus on technical or hydrodynamic details. We ask you to envision a new meaning for boats and boating. To inspire you, we offer you design drivers and enabling technologies. You can find this inspirational material here: design drivers and enabling technologies.
If you are entering more than one work, please submit each work separately.
Send a maximum of 6 files in .jpg format at 800X600 pixels wide (RGB color mode, 72 dpi).
Add a brief description of your design in English (maximum 200 words). Explain how your local circumstances and culture were taken into consideration and how they are reflected in your design.
Submission including files, a brief description, your name(s) and e-mail address should be e-mailed to:
The entry period for the competition begins at 10 a.m. UTC on June 8st, 2011, and ends at 11:59 p.m. UTC on October 31, 2011
After submission, each competitor will receive a brief query via email. In the query you will be asked to give opinions on the inspirational material (design drivers and enabling technologies), as well as questions how experienced you or your group are in boating. Answering to this query is a prerequisite for consideration in the competition. Your responses to the query will not affect the judging of your entry.
More information see the competition website