Each year the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO) hosts “Rocket” - a competition for Ontario’s graduating industrial designers. Graduates nominated at the top of their class from OCAD University, Humber College, Carleton University, and Sheridan College (starting 2018) have the opportunity to pitch their thesis projects to a jury of select industry professionals who will determine the top winners to be announced at the Awards Ceremony.
Rocket Awards 2017
Rocket Award recognizes the top in show -
The Rocket Award is granted to the project that represents the best in show. The winner has impressed the jury throughout their design process including: project definition, design research, concept development, implementation, final prototype, graphic presentation and verbal pitches.
The winner is awarded a cash prize of $1000, the Rocket Award trophy (pictured left) and a class with Learn Space TO to bring their product to life through Dynamic Products animation
Discuss your creative influences with an online publication -
The Rocket Award Winner is also featured on the MISC Magazine website discussing their biggest influences and guiding us through their creative process. MISC navigates the blurred boundaries of business, design, and innovation and features in-depth articles from some of the preeminent voices of design thinking, technology, consumer experience, and strategy.
MISC is enjoyed by a diverse audience ranging from innovators to C-suite executives with over 10,000 visitors a month.
Exhibit at Canada's only museum dedicated to design excellence -
Using the work of the industrial design graduates who have been judged the top of their cohort by the ACIDO Rocket Competition, the Design Exchange tells the story of the creative process from research, ideation, concept development through to realization on display at the DX main lobby.
Last year the ACIDO Rocket Exhibition saw over 4,300 visitors during the Doors Open Toronto at the Design Exchange.
Gain industry recognition through sponsor awards -
By partnering with industry sponsors, the Rocket Awards are able to showcase top industrial design talent to potential employers and build connections for future collaborations. Last year's awards recognized projects encompassing Social Awareness & Sustainability, User Experience, Market Ready, and Innovation.
Visit our Past Winners to see the full list of awards.