The 2016 Torch Awards open for entries

New York City | 18.12.2015 | New York Festivals® invites young creative talent to take part in the Inclusive Design Challenge
New York City in winter The finalists are invited to New York City. (photo: Pixabay / Michael Pewny)

The 2016 Torch Awards is now open for entries. New York Festivals® invites young creative talent from the ages of 18-27 to take part in the third annual Torch Awards, a unique competition that explores a different creative challenge each year and offers mentor training on how to pitch their idea. This year’s challenge is the Inclusive Design Challenge.

This year, New York Festivals has partnered with the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) for the 2016 Torch Awards. IHCD is dedicated to enhancing the experiences of people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. An international non-governmental educational organization (NGO), IHCD aims to bring greater visibility to the concept of inclusive design and shape an international action agenda now to minimize dependence and build a world where everyone can thrive.

Transforming how people think

Valerie Fletcher, executive director of the Institute for Human Centered Design commented: “IHCD is excited and grateful to be selected as the non-profit partner for the 2016 Torch Awards. Our mission is large and we need the very best talent to generate the ‘aha!’ moment that transforms how people think about the power of design to transform people’s lives.”

“New York Festivals partnered with IHCD for two reasons: First, they’re pioneers in championing the cause of ‘Design that Includes Everyone Is a Human Right.’ We support their mission to ‘build a world where everyone can thrive.’ Second, partnering with the Institute for Human Centered Design added a new aspect to the challenge: implementing inclusive design so all can enjoy, participate in, and learn from the work — including our entrants,” said Alisun Armstrong, executive director, Torch Awards. 

Five Finalists invited to New York City

Entrants in the Inclusive Design Challenge will present their creative concept for a digital media showcase that presents the inclusive design progress and success stories. This showcase will be used to introduce the Institute for Human Centered Design and the urgent case for practicing inclusive design in the 21st century to a wide range of global audiences at conferences, as part of presentations to global policy makers, and through strategic partnerships. It will be a permanent fixture in the exhibit showroom at the IHCD headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.

Five Finalist Teams will be invited to New York City to present their ideas. Before they head into the pitch, they’ll fine-tune their work during an intensive work session with their mentor — a member of the New York Festivals International Advertising Awards® Executive Jury. The teams will have ten minutes to pitch their idea to an exclusive jury panel.

Submission deadline is 15 February

The Torch Awards was launched in 2014 to champion young creative talent. Young creatives are encouraged to enter and review a brief outlining a marketing opportunity to assist The Institute for Human Centered Design and a chance to see their campaign selected to go live.

There is no entry fee for the Torch Awards. Teams of two to four people 18-27 may enter.
The 2016 Torch Awards submission deadline is February 15th. Finalist teams will be announced on April 9th and will convene in New York City May 18th. The 2016 Torch Awards winning team will be announced live and will accept their trophy at the New York Show on May 19th.

Source: New York Festivals
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