The IKEA Southeast Asia Young Designer Award (YDA) offers students from all tertiary institutions the chance to use the power of design to enact change and create real solutions to solve local challenges.
YDA participants are invited to come up with ideas, designs and prototypes of products or solutions that can help people reduce food waste at home, at work, at hawker centres – and beyond.
In its 7th year, this year’s competition brief centres on food waste, also a key focus for Singapore’s National Environmental Agency and the recent Green Plan 2030.
The top 15 ideas submitted on IKEA Southeast Asia YDA’s microsite will be invited to attend a virtual design thinking workshop session with a focus on practical ways to bring their idea to the market. The session will be conducted by the Reactor School – an institution that designs Entrepreneurship Education (EntreEd) programmes for students aged 15-24.
After which, all 15 finalist teams will proceed to create their prototypes and video presentations for the Grand Finale Exhibition. All finalists will be vying for the top three places and the People’s Choice Award.
- Masterclass Workshop – 14 June 2021
- Grand Finale – 15 July 2021
Prizes to be won include:
- 1st Prize – S$1,500
- 2nd Prize – S$1,000
- 3rd Prize – S$500
- People’s Choice Award Winner – S$300 IKEA Gift Card
Teams who place in the top three will also stand to gain admission to the Reactor Alumni Network for a three-month long entrepreneurial development programme, alongside direct admission to the upcoming season of the Youth Action Challenge (organised by the National Youth Council) where they will receive access to resources, networks and up to S$50,000 in grants to implement their ideas.
More details on the challenge can be found here.