OCAD University's 2013 Design Competition

OCAD U's Design Competition, presented by the Faculty of Design, is an annual event wherein interdisciplinary teams of three to six students are presented with a design challenge — usually a real-world issue — and over the course of an extended weekend asked to respond with their solutions. Faculty advisors with expertise relating to the challenge are on hand on Saturday to answer questions about concepts and technicalities, and students must present their designs by the end of day on the following Monday. Many of OCAD U graduates cite the challenge as one of the most important experiences in their time at the university.

This year's challenge will be revealed at the Competition Launch event on Thursday, November 7, 12:30 to 3 p.m. in OCAD U's Central Hall, Room 230.

Design Competition Brief (PDF)

Colleen Reid - Presentation

Deanne Fisher - Presentation

Alex Manu - Presentation


Note: Fully detailed schedule will be outlined as part of the 2013 Design Competition Brief, which will be made available online after the launch.

Thursday, November 7:

12:30 to 3 p.m.: COMPETITION LAUNCH
Central Hall, Room 230
Team sign up takes place after the launch, with a Q&A following sign up.

Friday, November 8:

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Team Sign Up Continues
Faculty of Design Office, Room 500

Saturday, November 9:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Mentorship
Rooms 530, 600, 627, 670
Faculty and technical monitors will be available to discuss concepts and technical problems. These rooms have been booked for the weekend for student teams to work/confer in.

Sunday, November 10:

3 p.m.: DEADLINE: Level 2 Service Bureau Printing of large format posters
Students must hand in their files to the Service Bureau on Level 2 by 3 p.m. in order to access reduced printing costs, and pick up finished posters by the 4 p.m. Monday competition deadline.

Monday, November 11:

10 a.m.: Print Deadline for Concept Statements on 11 x 17 inch 80lb. Matte Paper
Meet this deadline in order for printing to be completed by the 4 p.m. Monday competition deadline. Don’t forget that one 8.5 x 11 inch white paper copy of your team’s statement on for the Faculty of Design Office and can be handed in during installation.

1 p.m.: Video File Upload Deadline
Digital movie file must be uploaded on-campus to OCAD U Network File Share.

4 to 6 p.m.: Great Hall Installation
Room 270
Students must install their team’s deliverables, including process work and models/prototypes.

November 11 to 20: Design Competition Exhibit in the Great Hall

Tuesday, November 12: Competition Jury

Thursday, November 14: Announcement of Winners Reception

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Room 270
Open to all participants and the OCAD U community. Announcement of winners and presentation of awards will be officiated by OCAD U President, Dr. Sara Diamond.

Wednesday, November 20

8 a.m. to 12 noon: Competition Take-Down
Great Hall, Room 270
Student teams must pick up work in the Great Hall during this time. All work remaining at 12 noon will be disposed of.