Spark>Mobility Design Awards Launched--Calling All Mobility Systems Designers

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Spark Awards have launched a competition for sustainable transportation design. The 2013 Call For Entry is a GO!

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The world's first green transportation design award, "Spark>Mobility" explores the universe of sustainable transportation systems. The competition's focus will be on designs that are green, showing a commitment to using natural resources efficiently. Spark actively seeks out and promotes audacious designs and technologies that challenge the current state of the art.

Spark>Mobility is for all major transportation modes and includes many entry categories. If designers have a world-changing new car, system, aircraft, charging station or biofuel generator--entering this competition can help spark its success.

"Sustainable transportation must be thought of as an integrated system-- every vehicle relates to the others," said Chris Chapman of Hyundai. Anne Asensio, from Dassault, pointed out, "The bottom line-- we must sustain and nourish a very delicate thing--the quality of life. That is why this Mobility Design Award will be so important. It will find and encourage great new solutions."

PARTICIPATION & DESIGN EDUCATION
One of the purposes of Spark is to promote the winners, their work and the effectiveness of design in general. Spark Senior Adviser, Clark Kellogg, says this takes many forms. "This year we have ongoing exhibitions in China and San Francisco, plus goodwill visits to Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Munich and Milano. Next up, we're planning educational design strategy workshops in Taiwan and Korea. This outreach, plus ongoing publicity efforts, helps the public learn about the positive solutions that think-big design can bring to difficult problems."

BACK TO BUSINESS
To encourage a strong turnout from businesses that believe in design solutions, Spark is offering entrants in Spark>Mobility—who have an App for their design—an entry into Spark>App competition at no extra charge.

"We hope this benefit demonstrates Spark's commitment to build a vibrant and successful community of design," explained Kuchnicki. "It's very important for designers to get their work out there. When the world can see its quality, it shows the power and persuasiveness of great design."

CRITERIA TO WIN
Spark’s mission is to initiate positive design-led change by highlighting the best new ideas and the best new solutions. Sparks are big ideas embodied as great designs. The judges look for these big ideas when they make their choices.

The competition criteria ask potential entrants "Does the design Spark? Break new ground? Does it improve the quality of life? Contribute to understanding, efficiency, joy, longevity, progress? Does it sustain or conserve our Earth’s limited resources?"

PARTICIPATION
Interested designers can participate by joining the Spark community, contributing ideas and attending events like the Spark Winners Celebration and exhibits. Designers can also gain recognition and publicity for their skill and creativity by submitting their work. The entry system is simple and straightforward, with registration at the Spark website: http://www.sparkawards.com.

BONUS INFORMATION
Spark is proudly sponsored by Autodesk, Core77, ArchNewsNow, Archinect, Bustler, Pluo Consulting and RIOT Creative Imaging.

ALL SPARK 2013 COMPETITIONS ARE NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES
Spark>App
Spark>Concept & Student
Spark>Communication
Spark>Product
Spark>Spaces
Spark>Mobility

The Spark Design Awards are an international design competition series with many categories. Spark's core mission is to help create a better world though design excellence. Spark entrants are an extraordinarily diverse group of talented people and companies, from university students to the world’s leading electric car companies and forward-thinking Fortune 500 companies.

The Spark competitions are open to all designers, including students (in Spark>Concept). The Spark Community may be joined at no cost. The Spark competitions have a variety of entry fees, depending upon the event. Submissions are made at the Spark website. Juries, composed of design professionals and experts, meet online and in person to choose Finalists and Winners.

Learn more about this organization and all these competitions at the Spark website landing page at http://www.sparkawards.com.

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