On September 23rd, 2014 the Detroit Design Festival will be sponsoring the first Detroit Open Design Competition. The focus of the competition will be to highlight Detroit design and designers and to introduce and further the goals of Open Design as a extension of the Open Source movement. All submitted designs must be released into the public domain. The competition will have two phases, one "internal" to the participating Makerspaces and then a final judging at the Detroit Design Festival after the designs have been built and displayed.
As it is currently envisioned, each Makerspace will have one or more "fellows" who will be chosen by the Makerspace to build their designs to be shown and judged at the 2014 DDF. The Fellows will first submit their designs to the Makerspace and the Makerspace will make the first cut by only choosing those designs that they think 1) respresents their Makerspace and 2) can feasibly be built at their Makerspace. The Makerspace will supply the tools, space, and mentoring for the designs to be built. We envision giving each participating Makerspace a grant that they will divide up among their fellows to pay for materials. It will be up to the Makerspace to determine how many fellows they can have based on the amount of money that we can fundraise for the materials.
I am posting this information to the I3Detroit Forums to hopefully both inform the I3Detroit community about the upcoming competition and to also invite input into the design and the format of the competition itself. After all, an "Open Design" competition should itself be designed by the community!