€7,000 in prize money for innovative projects involving an electrically assisted bicycle and a photovoltaic shelter to protect and recharge it

Check out the Eco Bike Design Contest 2012: “Industry and University united to promote innovation in the sustainable mobility sector through a competition that brings technology and creativity together.”


Solsonica and POLI.design are offering €7,000 in prize money for innovative projects involving an electrically assisted bicycle and a photovoltaic shelter to protect and recharge it.

Deadline: 29th June 2012
Total prize money: 7000 euro
Announcement available on: http://www.ecobikedesign.com/eng.html  

Here is more information for their website:
The challenge is to come up with a new vision of two-wheeled electric mobility. Participants are requested to express their creativity in innovative projects involving an electrically assisted bicycle and a photovoltaic shelter to protect and recharge it.
The total prize money at stake is €7000 (€4000 for the best project, €2000 for the second, and €1000 for the third).

The Contest is organised by Solsonica spa, the biggest manufacturer of photovoltaic cells, modules, and solutions in Italy, at the cutting edge of research on the development of innovative processes and products to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic systems, and by POLI.design Consortium of the Milan Polytechnic, which works to improve the Design System of the Polytechnic and in particular the facilities and professors at the best experimental laboratories in Europe for design, through continuing post-graduate training, consultation and training for businesses, and internationalisation initiatives. The contest is supported by the ADI, the Italian Association for Industrial Design and the announcement was drawn up in accordance with the international regulations agreed with ICOGRADA, ICSID, IFI.

The aim is to select innovative and functional projects that take advantage of the possibilities offered by photovoltaic technology and electrical energy to design a sustainable bicycle, confronting the new challenges posed by the optimisation of energy use.
The projects submitted by the candidates must embody the perfect union of design and functionality.

HOW do you enter? Each designer (or group of designers) will come up with a concept of an electrically assisted bicycle and a photovoltaic shelter to protect and recharge it. They will have to send a maximum of 3 A3 tables, a short report, and 2 images of the whole project in digital format to submission@ecobikedesign.com by the 29th June 2012.

The panel of judges will assess how innovative the project is, its functionality, and the design of the project, to choose the finalists (a shortlist of 3 candidates, who will be awarded the competition prizes). In the second stage the finalists will develop their concept on the basis of the guidelines they are given.

The announcement is available on the competition website at the address: http://www.ecobikedesign.com/eng.html