We have a R100,000 up for grabs for the next big invention, which could be yours!
Entry Period: 1 May – 31 October 2023
The SWITCH Design Competition is an ACDC Express initiative that encourages up-and-coming South African designers – professionals and students alike – to showcase their skills, and begin establishing their personal brand within the industry.
ACDC Express is always searching for fresh talent and innovative design concepts, and the SWITCH Design Competition provides a platform for local designers to gain recognition and experience. The SWITCH Design Competition allows ACDC Express and its partners to contribute to our country and local communities, and support the future leaders of the design industry.
The competition will run digitally, with physical activations, and may include different campaigns showing examples of AUTOMATIC SOLAR TRACKERS for contestants to draw inspiration from.
Create an innovative design for an Automatic Solar Tracker using design software.
The design must be original, aesthetically appealing, creative, and functional.
ACDC Express is always looking for new products and concepts that will appeal to customers and boost public awareness of our brand.
The motivation behind this year’s task is to contribute to local community and industry development by giving new designers a platform to showcase their skills, and an opportunity to gain exposure and experience.
Load shedding is here to stay and solar is a trending topic, we want aspiring designers to showcase their skills and talents by designing an Automatic Solar Tracker that can provide South African’s with a resource to generate electricity from the sun.
Our esteemed judges might be deciding on the winner of the SWITCH Design Competition, but we also want to find out who’s the ‘Fans Favourite’. This is an opportunity for the public to have their say and vote for their favourite design!
Once the top 10 entrants are announced on 1 November 2023, they will need to submit a video promoting and presenting their design. This video will be shared on social media for the public to watch, and cast their vote for their favourite automatic solar tracker design.
The entrant with the most votes for their design will receive a cool JBL Music box valued at over R 8000! But, there will also be an awesome giveaway prize for the fans who cast a vote for their favourite design. Watch this space for more details…
It is the responsibility of the competition entrants to submit their completed entry via their Award Force account. Only fully completed entries submitted to Award Force will be considered for the Switch Design Competition. Entries submitted via other sources / incomplete entries will not be considered.
The top 10 successful entrants will be contacted and informed on 1 November 2023. A panel of industry experts will gather to grade the top 3 entrants, and ultimately the winner of the Switch Design Competition for 2023. The winner of the Switch Design Competition will be announced on 1 December 2023.
The proposal should present a strong overall design vision or strength of concept or iconic design theme. It should provide a unique and original use of design, the design needs to stand out and provide something new in the market to supplement any existing products.
All information on the design will be identified relative to the level of detail in the submission requirements. This can be broken down to include a criteria and data for bringing the product into actualisation, further including design objectives, material requirements and constraints, social and economic trends, the applicant may want to consider future development of the product, such that even if South Africa may have outdated technology, compared to their global counterparts, they may be able to incorporate this into their design description. It is important to maintain a correct balance between too much and too little information.
To enter the Switch Design Competition, entrants must:
Entries Open: 1 May 2023
Entries Close: 31 August 2023
1st Judging Period: 1 September – 31 October 2023
Top 10 Announcement: 1 November 2023
Fan Favourite (Top 10 Only) Video Submission: 1-8 November 2023
Final Judging Period: 1-30 November 2023
Fan Favourite Voting Period: 9-30 November 2023
Winners Announced: 1 December 2023