Under the inaugural year’s theme ‘Alternative’ the competition received applications from designers offering concepts that integrate existing solutions into new uses, ranging from lifestyle, healthcare, mobility, education and urban public spaces. The competition seeks to empower regional designers while archiving intellectual progress in the region.
The top 10 finalists are:
1. Abdhul Hazeeb Madamapat, United Arab Emirates
Project Human is a citywide donation system designed to enhance the connectivity in the fight against poverty.
2. Daniel Kobel, Bahrain
The renovation of The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage to shift the existing entrance from the cut corner to a central entry.
3. Fatima AlDoukhi, Saudi Arabia
A sustainable alternative to packaging fragile items. Inspired by origami logic, Transformative Packaging uses a single sheet of paper, folded in specific tessellation to package any item for shipping.
4. Fortuné Penniman, United Arab Emirates
ATMOS is a project that re-visits the traditional Sebil Fountain with the capabilities of extracting drinkable water and cool-air from the atmosphere. A canopy that channels the unique climate of the Gulf into comfortable conditions for gathering outdoors.
5. Hussein Aljabi & Mohammed Shukur, United Arab Emirates
The Project is about a Customizable Fragmented LIGHT that can be Applied into every home, restaurant, office and outdoor public space due to its versatility.
6. Musab Nahar, Jordan
An IoT gadget that notifies its owner every time there is a door breach. Owwli is a technological advancement from the current set of gadgets in the market, because it minimises the number of components to only one.
7. Sadeem, Saudi Arabia
Sadeem is the world’s first multipatented flood information solution with proven results from active networks already in the field to save lives and money in real time.
8. Sahar Madanat, Jordan
A dining set with an integrated anchorage system that grants one-handed users support in cutting their food.
9. Mansour Attia, United Arab Emirates
Metro-Bike fly-over proposes a solution for dealing with Dubai’s vehicle based lifestyle, lack of safe cycling lanes and abandoned spaces under metro bridges.
10. Nick Karintzaidis, United Arab Emirates
A responsive bath system deigned to give the user full control to fulfill their basic necessities as well as minimizeuse of excessive water and electricity usage.
The winning three shortlisted candidates will be given $2,500 to present their concept model at Design Days Dubai 2017. The prizes to the winning designer of the Audi Innovation Award include a trophy and a trip to the Audi factory in Ingolstadt, Germany. In addition, Audi Middle East will award $25,000 worth of consultancy to fund items such as IP registration, legal counselling and business development.
Visit the Audi Lounge to see the top 10 designs and the models of the top three finalists.