Enter the Student Design Competition

Entry Deadline:
December 22nd, 2015

Design an innovative housewares product
that combines function and flair.
Cash prizes, plus travel and lodging.
Winners' schools also receive cash grants.
Companies seeking new product ideas will want to talk with you!

Student winners appear in a display in the Hall of Global Innovation at the International Home + Housewares Show.

You Are Invited to enter the 23rd annual International Housewares Association (IHA) Student Design Competition, which recognizes and rewards young design talent and encourages career opportunities in the housewares industry for students like you!

IHA's Student Design Competition began in 1993 and is recognized by design practitioners and professors as a valuable contribution to industrial design education. The annual competition recognizes and rewards young design talent and encourages career opportunities in the housewares industry. Over the program's 22 years, more than 4,600 entries have been submitted, 175 professionals have served as judges and 135 students have kickstarted their careers by appearing at the Show.

Industrial design students submit projects that demonstrate user and market research, design thinking, engineering drawings and tested prototypes. Entries are reviewed by professors, consultant designers, retailers and new product development managers at IHA-member companies. The rigorous program's requirements and judging process reflect real-world employer expectations. Top winners come to Chicago to exhibit their product concepts at the International Home + Housewares Show. Winners meet industry leaders and media and get unique exposure the business of new product introduction.

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Meet the Winners of IHA's 22nd Annual Student Design Competition!


Six talented industrial design students learned about the global housewares business at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago March 15-18. The six students, stationed at their individual displays in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center lobby, explained their winning product concepts to thousands of visitors. The varied projects includes futuristic concept for a communication system that responds to daily behaviors and emotions of people in different locations, an innovative hair-collecting dog bed, a hybrid walker and caddy to store and transport cleaning supplies, a stylish medication dispenser, and hand-held tools for food preparation and dishwashing. Projects selected as Honorable Mentions were included in the competition display as printed booklets and signage.

2015 Winning Entries >
2015 Participating Schools >
2015 Press Release >
Intellectual Property Protection for Students >
2015 Competition Judges Testimonials >
Testimonials from Past Winners