Launch Pad 2017 Product Design Program Terms & Conditions

INDE.Awards’s Launch Pad is an important design initiative of the Asia Pacific region, promoting the support and development of Australian product design through a unique, interactive program of events.

Key Dates

  • January 2: Entries Open
  • March 31: Entries Close
  • April 3: Initial Judging Begins
  • April 24: Secondary Judging Begins
  • May 1: Finalists Announced
  • June 7-9: Final Candidate Presentation
  • June 29: INDE.Awards Winner Announcement

*Please note, dates are subject to change.

Designers/Teams Eligibility Criteria

Launch Pad is a competition and mentoring program aimed at emerging professional designers.

To be eligible, designers/teams must comply with the following criteria:

  • Have designs in development
  • Be engaged in design research
  • All designers/teams must be residents of Australia or New Zealand

Prototype Eligibility

All prototypes entered into the 2017 Launch Pad program must comply with the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Applicants may submit up to two (2) entries. Both entries are eligible for selection in the 2017 Launch Pad Finalists Exhibition.
  • Products submitted must target the following categories: furniture, lighting or accessories.
  • It is not a requirement of Launch Pad that prototypes be shown for the first time (i.e. your prototype may have been previously exhibited).
  • Prototype designs must be less than 24 months old from date of submission.
  • Product(s)/Prototype(s) must not be subject to any current manufacturers’ agreements.
  • Entrants must have paid the registration fee in full for their prototype to be eligible for judging (see details below).
  • If successful in being selected for the 2017 Launch Pad Finalists Exhibition, applicants agree to have their submitted prototype(s) available in Sydney/Melbourne for live judging and display at the 2017 Launch Pad Finalists Exhibition as part of the INDE.Awards (see ‘key dates’ listed above). Please note, transport will NOT be covered or managed by Indesign Media Asia Pacific (see further details below).

Entry Fee

Entry into Launch Pad 2017 attracts a registration fee, listed below. All registrations fees must be paid in full to be eligible in the program.

  • Prototype Entry #1 = $55 (includes 1 prototype entry and workshop attendance)
  • Prototype Entry #2 = $20
  • Workshop attendance only = $45 (includes workshop attendance only, no prototype entry)

All payments made to enter the program are non-refundable. Special circumstances will be considered.

Judging Criterion 2017

Applicants must demonstrate their submission is commercially viable and has potential longevity in the commercial marketplace.

Judges will consider whether the product is suitable for production (other than self production) and determine if there is sufficient market demand for the submitted prototype to warrant additional mentoring to further the product development.

The Judges will consider each submission based on the following criteria:

  • Authenticity / Originality of Design
  • Performance and user-friendliness
  • Ecological and economic impact
  • Innovation
  • Quality of prototype
  • Future potential

The Organisers engage the Judges and the Organisers reserve the right to support the Judges’ decisions as final. No communication will be accepted once the Judges response has been made.

Any feedback given in the judging process may be used by the Organisers and may be provided to the relevant entrant.

Judging is conducted anonymously, in three phases:

  1. 1. Stage 1: Initial Judging to select 50 shortlisted prototypes conducted online
  2. 2. Stage 2: Second Phase Judging workshop to select 10 – 15 finalists from the initial 50 shortlisted
  3. 3. Stage 3: Final Phase of Judging involving candidate presentations + Judges Q&A

Launch Pad program of events

All entrants are eligible to participate in the Launch Pad 2017 program of events including;

  • Mentoring Workshops – The 2017 Mentoring Workshops will be held in Sydney and Melbourne, and offer valuable insights into a range of essential topics, from how to develop your creative business, to marketing your brand and products, finding retailers, connecting with manufacturers and more. Attendance is open to all, however does incur a rate of participation.
  • Networking Events – The Launch Pad program culminates in an evening function of networking with key industry figures, providing the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of standout finalists.
  • Launch Pad 2017 Finalists Exhibition – An exhibition of finalist prototypes, held as part of SID 2017

Support Material

Entrants are requested to supply 3 high resolution JPEG images of each prototype entered. Images must be:

  • 1500 x 1000 pixels
  • Landscape in orientation
  • Crisp and clean quality image (no pixilation)

All support material is to be clearly labelled (designer_productname) and uploaded via the Launch Pad Control Room:

2017 Terms and Conditions:

Please observe the following Launch Pad Program Terms and Conditions:

1. Images and Copyright

  1. 1.1. Each submission must contain a minimum of 3 high resolution photographic images, 1500 x 1000 pixels in size and landscape orientation, supplied via the Launch Pad control room (
  2. 1.2. Applicants give copyright release of all photography submitted.
  3. 1.3. Digital sketches or hand renders will be accepted, however the entrant must be advised that the design must be in a prototype form by June 2017, if it is selected as a finalist.
  4. 1.4. The Organiser reserves the right to publish or distribute part, or all, of any supplied information or images, as well as photograph any or all of the products submitted.

2. Transport Assistance

  1. 2.1. Launch Pad will assist finalists with transport to designated Launch Pad locations.
  2. 2.2. The cooperation of finalists is requested to facilitate the delivery and pick-up of their prototype according to Launch Pad’s specific instructions.
  3. 2.3. It is the responsibility of finalists to deliver their prototype to the relevant exhibition location subject to the Organiser’s conditions. Bump-in/out schedules, as well as any further instructions from Launch Pad, will be made available to all applicants in advance of the exhibition.
  4. 2.4. Please note that while New Zealand residents are eligible to enter Launch Pad, financial assistance is not available for transport of selected prototypes to and from New Zealand.

3. Packaging product for transport

  1. 3.1. Applicants whose products are successful as a finalist agree that they are solely responsible for the packaging of their product. Applicants are reminded to package products with numerous counts of packing, unpacking and nationwide travel in mind.
  2. 3.2. All individual parts of prototypes must be correctly packaged and clearly labelled with product name, designer’s full name, address and contact phone number.
  3. 3.3. All packages must be clearly labelled LAUNCH PAD 2017 and as per specifications, made clear to entrants throughout the program.
  4. 3.4. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide proper and safe packaging to ensure the safety of the prototype, as the transport/courier company is not responsible for providing any additional packaging materials at any time. Acceptable packaging includes wooden crates designed and tough, durable packaging ideally built for the product. It is not acceptable to secure products with bubble wrap or soft cardboard boxes. Please contact INDE.Awards Organisers for further clarification..

4. Risk

  1. 4.1. Delivered prototypes are released to the Organisers who will apply due care, but accept no responsibility for the prototype or individual parts of submissions.
  2. 4.2. Whilst due care will be applied in all circumstances, the Organisers and sponsors cannot be held liable for lost or damaged parts of submissions.
  3. 4.3. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to safeguard their design during the Launch Pad Finalist Exhibition. Entrants are advised to be present at all times within the Exhibition space and take particular caution during bump-in and bump-out. If an Entrant is not available at these times, it is their responsibility to find a trusted guarantor to stand in their place.
  4. 4.4. It is the responsibility of the applicant to clearly and appropriately identify each part of their submission (name of product, designer’s name, contact details).
  5. 4.5. No responsibility can be accepted for any unidentified parts of any submission, or if any part of your submission becomes unidentified at any stage. If any part of the prototype and/or supporting materials are unidentified or become lost, the Organiser reserves the right to disqualify this part from the exhibition and the Organiser accepts no responsibility for incomplete prototypes and/or misplaced parts.

5. Collection of prototypes / Conclusion of exhibition

  1. 5.1. At the conclusion of the exhibition, it is the entrant’s responsibility to be available to collect their prototype on Saturday 29 June 2017. Indesign will not accept responsibility for entrants who do not adhere to the schedule provided.

6. Insurance

  1. 6.1. It remains the responsibility of successful Launch Pad applicants to insure their prototype for the duration of the program, and the Organiser encourages this.
  2. 6.2. The event Organiser and individual sponsor partners can accept no responsibility for loss, theft or damage of prototypes.

7. Applications

  1. 7.1. The Organisers reserve the right to assess if applications have been correctly lodged.
  2. 7.2. If an application is completed incorrectly, the Organiser reserves the right to contact the applicant and correct the entry. If the applicant can not be contacted, the Organiser will not accept the entry.

8. Products requiring lighting and/or suspension

  1. 8.1. All lighting products that are successfully listed as Finalists are required by the Organisers to be tagged and tested by a qualified electrician as arranged by the designer/applicant before being transported to Sydney for Live Judging.
  2. 8.2. The Organiser or program sponsors will not be responsible for wiring the lighting product; it must come with a household plug.
  3. 8.3. If the designer/applicant is not able to organise the required plugs and testing for the product, the applicant, if a successful finalist, agrees that the lighting product may have to be exhibited unlit.
  4. 8.4. If the lighting product requires suspension for its final exhibition display, it is advised that the designer/applicant provide an appropriate truss for suspension, or an alternative plan for the hanging of the product, as the exhibition venue may not cater for this.

9. Intellectual Property

  1. 9.1. If you wish to register your design through IP Australia, it is vital that your design has not been ‘published’ prior to your application (this includes being published on the internet).
  2. 9.2. In submitting your product or prototype for Launch Pad you understand that the Organiser may publish your submitted images in print or online. Therefore you may wish to apply for design registration before the Submissions Deadline of the competition. To register a design it must be new and distinctive. 'New' means the identical design (or one very similar) has not been publicly used in Australia nor has it been published in a document within or outside Australia. For further information go to:

For all Launch Pad enquiries please contact:

Launch Pad
(61 2) 9368 0150
(61 2) 9368 0289 (fax)