Organized by Noumena in collaboration with INDUSTRY-From Needs to Solutions, Fira Barcelona and IED Barcelona, RESHAPE attracts designers worldwide willing to explore the impact of tech in design solutions on our daily life, habitats, and social behaviours.
Every year, Reshape launch an international competition, focusing on wearable technology and product design. The contest invites innovators from all around the world, to propose new solutions, questioning the impact of technology on our daily life. They invites creative minds to predict new trends, elaborate novel solutions, and recalibrate existing markets in the direction of more sustainable models. Their goal is to redefine contemporary devices towards a new generation of cognitive nodes, connecting us to our habitats and ecosystems.
We are moving towards an era of augmentation. Wearables, smart devices, and e-textiles are new solutions for future hybrid generations of interconnected humans and devices. The higher level of interaction is producing new paradigms, raising novel questions, imposing different habits, shifting economies and politics. Through technology, we are on the verge of a change in the perception of our habitats, ecosystems, bodies, social behaviours and interactions.
Defining the future is a Design Challenge. Organizer challenges designers to come up with clothing solutions that establish a connection with the environment. They seek a wide variety of proposals, from innovative materials and wearable electronics to prosthetic applications, with a mediating function between our body and its needs.
You need to send project proposals aimed at questioning, in a constructive and creative way, the role of technology in the definition of new paradigms for your society. Whether applicants decide to address the nature of social relations, the sustainability of our models of production, or the emerging necessities resulting from the technological change, bridging a gap between the human and the digital is one of the core tasks.
The divide between innovation and human, environmental, and social development is only apparent – at least potentially, or theoretically. On a mission to reconcile these salient dimensions of the human experience, project submissions are expected to envision future needs promoting new products, predict market trends and novel ways of interaction, and build on rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing to produce custom solutions.
In a changing world, cognified devices carry the answers to some of the most pressing challenges posed to our customary norms and ways of doing things. Truly revolutionary projects should then design solutions that improve our lifestyle, without forgetting about the scalability proper of new, distributed market models.
The are two categories:
• Wearable technology category
For the Wearable technology track, they challenge designers to come up with clothing solutions that establish a connection with the environment. They seek a wide variety of proposals, from innovative materials and wearable electronics to prosthetic applications, with a mediating function between our body and its needs.
They are looking for wearable products, programmable materials or biotechnology applications that intervene on common health issues, such as respiratory problems, harmful body postures, disabilities, and stress, or tackle the pollution of natural elements - air, water.
The submitted project needs to present a clear prototyping design methodology, to involve digital manufacturing technologies, and to highlight qualities of safety and recyclability, suggesting the potential of being reused or composted.
Interdisciplinary processes, experimental approaches, and innovative design strategies become necessary for those striving to be the pioneers of this digital age.
• Smart Product category
Smart Product design is the category directed to all creatives and designers interested in product solutions promoting well-being and health care and in a wide range of applications – from sports to automotive and medical devices.
Reshape challenges makers and designers to present a product able to function as the mediating factor between the forces shaping our environments, and monitoring, sensing, and interacting with the physical and digital world. Proposals must take into consideration the social impact of their production and consumption cycle. Interdisciplinary processes, experimental approaches, and innovative design production are required to become the pioneers of the digital age.
The submission is open to all form of artistic work and all type of technological and scientific research applied to wearable technology and smart products.
• Video documentation (approx.1 min. 50 MB max.) via upload
• 5 Images of the work (JPG, TIF, PNG (at maximum quality).
• A detailed Project description. The project description must include Concept idea, Function and prototype fabrication and Dissemination strategy, 3000 characters max.
• A short biography of the artist(s) 1000 characters.
The project proposal material (pdf, word document, video) should be submitted by email at email@example.com in a .zip or .rar format named as ”Reshape19_Identificationcode_title of the project”.
The work entered must have been created, realized or significantly updated.
The registration period close on 12 July 2019, but you can submit your work until 26 August 2019.
• Concept idea
Significant attention will be given to those projects that reconsider the idea of design in an inventive and experimental way, establishing interconnections between users, environment and data.
• Prototype fabricability
Reshape aims to merge both design and production, in the making of a complete creative process. Each design approach must encompass a clear fabrication strategy, materializing design solutions with tools that are available in a Fab Lab or Makerspace.
• Dissemination strategy
A dissemination plan needs to be elaborated. In order to visualize your idea in a potential market, is crucial to set a dissemination strategy, proposing convincing scenarios of implementation for each proposal.
Reshape V edition will shortlist 3 winners, respectively from the Wearable technology and Smart product category. Additionally, five honorable mentions will be nominated for each category.
The winners will be announced on 18 September 2019.
The registration fee for each submission is 50€.
The competition is open to a wide range of profiles, from designers to engineers, architects and makers. The competition is open to individuals, groups, institutions, companies etc.