ACIDO’s competition for Ontario graduating industrial designers returns

The Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO) is once again hosting its annual “Rocket" competition where select graduates will have the opportunity to pitch their final year thesis projects to a jury.

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This year’s edition of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario’s (ACIDO) “Rocket” competition will take place next week in Toronto.

The 22nd edition of the competition, which will feature projects from the top graduating industrial design students in Ontario, will take place on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Sam Sorbara Auditorium in Brennan Hall, at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto and 81a St. Mary’s Street.

At the event, select graduates from Carleton University, Humber College, OCAD University, and Sheridan College who were nominated by their instructors, will have the opportunity to pitch their final year thesis projects to a jury of industry professionals.

Each project will present possible solutions to problems relevant to daily or future life and will range from physical product designs to digital products, or a combination of the two.

The first place winner will receive $1,500, the second-place winner will receive $1,000 and $500 will be awarded to the third-place winner.

Prototypes and project items will be on display and final year projects will be represented at the competition for prospective students to learn about their programs.

Final year projects from Carleton University, Humber College, OCAD University and Sheridan College will be represented at the competition for prospective students to learn about their programs.

Judging, which is only open for competitors and judges, will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the open house showcase and public viewing will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the awards ceremony will follow from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The top winners will be announced at the Rocket Awards Ceremony.

For more information or to check out the work of Ontario’s top industrial design graduates from the last three competitions, click here.