A back-yard inventor may have had a great concept but needed technical and engineering support to create an advanced prototype. A product design company may have required legal support to deal with IP issues. Bespoke support was tailored to the needs of each winner.
We are passionate about ensuring that solutions with positive social impact make it into the marketplace. Throughout 2014, we built partnerships with support partners who helped to get the winning solutions to market.
The Better Living Challenge was launched on 1 March and closed on 31 May 2014. A total of 130 entries were received across the three entry categories:
62 in Structural Home
49 in Comfortable Home
19 in Connected Home
A Selection Panel of 47 experts, academics and professionals in design, architecture, the built environment, product design and other disciplines assessed all 130 entries. The Selection Panel brought a wide variety of technical expertise and experience to the process of selecting a shortlist in each category.
For the full list of the members of the Selection Panel, please visit here: http://betterlivingchallenge.co.za/better-living-challenges-announces-selection-panel/ for more information.
If you are showcasing a product, you will be asked to supply us with a sample of your product to form part of the exhibition.
If you are showcasing a prototype, you will need to supply us with an exhibition-quality prototype.
If you are submitting a plan for a service or system, high res explanatory diagrams will need to be submitted.
Congratulations! We look forward to working with you in the coming year or two to help you get your product to market, or increase its impact in the marketplace. The Better Living Challenge team will work with you to build a tailored programme of support to help you take your solution to the next level.
We will play a supportive and guiding role while you drive the process. We will assist you in accessing support you require, but you always drive the process. You therefore need time and capacity to ensure you gain maximum value from the award.
Show evidence that the solution uses sustainable materials, manufacturing methods and processes and that resources have been used efficiently to mitigate the negative impact on the environment. Entries need to demonstrate that thought has been given to the entire life-cycle of the product.
Show evidence that research has been carried out with users to understand their needs, and that design solutions address these needs.
Demonstrate a commitment to keeping price points accessible to low-income groups. Show that equal consideration has gone into design and business elements. Submit a basic costing breakdown and demonstrate that thought has been given to how the solution can be produced or rolled-out on scale.
Does the solution improve living conditions?
Does it’s use lead to an incremental improvement in comfort levels and general well-being?
Is the design well considered and thought through?
Is form and function coherent?
The material resources available to entrants were considered when comparing entries.
The judging panel was made up of a range of industry experts in design, architecture, manufacturing, engineering, the built environment and business.