Kokuyo Design Award 2023 International Product Design Competition

  • Award/Grant Competition
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  • The Kokuyo posted 2 months ago
  • Posted: August 7, 2022 -Accepting applications

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement Not required
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Non-Degree /Short program
  • Eligible Region/Countries
  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 49989

Opportunity Description

The Kokuyo, in February 2021, formulated a long-term vision that runs until 2030. To achieve this vision, they intend to update its corporate philosophy and adopt a management approach with a long-term focus.
Entries are now accepted for Kokuyo Design Award 2023. The goal of the Kokuyo design award, an international contest for product design, is to collect ideas for projects that the world will require in the future and shape them. A special prize honoring the 20th anniversary of the Kokuyo design award is called the YOKOKU Award. It will be given to chosen student participants to assist in their future work. Bringing you a tomorrow you can’t wait for is KOKUYO’s mission. Following that idea, they will choose up to 20 excellent entrants whose presentation papers give them hope for their promising futures. (With no evaluation of the models). The competition’s goal is to shape the potential of design and the strength of goods via in-depth reflection on the tools people use in their daily working, learning, and living environments. Don’t forget to enter your work for the 2023 KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD.

Brief Details

Organized by: The Kokuyo
Host Country: Japan
Deadline: October 11, 2022
Announcing Date: March 18, 2023
Eligible Nations: International

Benefits and Prizes

  • Grand Prix (one winner): ¥2,000,000 (about $15,000).
  • Merit Award (three winners): ¥500,000 (about $3,800) per winner.
  • YOKOKU Award (up to 20 winners): ¥30,000 (about $230) per winner.
  • The contest’s organizer will cover competitors’ hotel and travel costs (up to two people’s entire groups).

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Any office supplies, equipment, or tool utilized in workplaces, classrooms, or homes.
  • Any organization, person, or group that satisfies all qualifications may enter the competition, regardless of age, sex, profession, or nationality.
  • Individuals qualified to present in the final judging (March 18, 2023).
  • The only designs eligible for entry have never been made publicly visible (in Japan and other countries).

Judging Criteria

  • The design incorporates a suggested resolution to a societal problem.
  • There are elements in the design that encourage individuals to feel good.
  • The novelty of the concept.
  • Whether the product design is feasible.
  • Potential for the design to become a product.


The Kokuyo Design Award’s subject is “Embrace.” This word carries meaning like inclusion or hugging. In the same line, they seek product design suggestions that uplift and uplift people by respecting and acknowledging individual uniqueness and societal issues.

How to Apply?

Check the entry criteria, then fill out the entry form below with your entrant information, design information, and design data.

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To learn more, kindly visit Kokuyo’s official website.

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