Huld Design Award 2020 design competition – an intelligent spatial data solution for the city of Vaasa

Edited 11.8.2020: The participation time for the competition has been extended due to the postponing of the Subcontracting Trade Fair. New deadline for the competition has been updated to the program and news. New deadline has been scheduled to November 15th.

In the design competition organized by Huld Oy, a digital solution is being designed to utilize spatial information about the movement of Vaasa’s citizens. The city of Vaasa wants to develop its operations in order to achieve its goal of being a smart and sustainable city. The competition is running from April 7 to November 15, 2020 and the winners will be announced at the end of December 2020 at the Subcontracting Trade Fair – Alihankinta 2020.

This year, a service concept for the city of Vaasa utilizing spatial information is being designed in the Huld Design Award 2020 competition. The aim is to develop the city of Vaasa’s understanding of urban mobility.

“The aim of this competition is to find new ideas from users of the city’s services on how to utilize the knowledge of people’s movement. It is valuable for service developers to understand the needs of users. The new ideas and their clear description are exactly what will be emphasized in the evaluation of the entries”, explains Hannu Havusto, the competition agent of the design competition.

More detailed information about the competition task has been published in the Huld Design Award 2020 competition program.

For designers, design students or people familiar with the subject

The Huld Design Award 2020 is intended for designers, design students or those familiar with the subject. You can participate in the competition alone or in groups. The language of the competition is English, but the competition entries can also be in Finnish.

One grand prize winner will be awarded in the competition. The maximum number of prizes awarded is three. The prize committee may nominate honorable mentions and distribute the prize amount of € 5,000 by unanimous decision also in another way.

The members of the award committee are Mika Kiljala (Huld Oy), Maurizt Knuts  (Vaasa Region Development Company), Teemu Lehtonen  (City of Vaasa), Tuomas Martin (Huld Oy), Ville Nenonen (Huld Oy) and Henri Ulmanen (Huld Oy). Hannu Havusto (Huld Oy) acts as a competition agent without the right to vote.

For more information on the Huld Design Award 2020:

City of Vaasa is an active and developing city center undergoing a digital transformation. The city has a clear objective to provide digital solutions and services in order to enhance and ease their citizens’ and businesses’ daily lives and performance. As part of this transformation City of Vaasa and Huld Oy are announcing a design competition in order to advance these operations.

The city of Vaasa is participating in a HORIZON 2020 EU funded project named IRIS Smart Cities. In the IRIS project new urban development solutions are being tested in the fields of energy, mobility and ICT. The basic idea is that cities learn from a lighthouse city and can replicate the solutions being demonstrated. IRIS has been developed around three lighthouse cities – Utrecht (The Netherlands, coordinator), Nice (France), and Gothenburg (Sweden) – who will work as collaborators and test-beds for follower cities Vaasa (Finland), Alexandroupolis (Greece), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) and Focsani (Romania).

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