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, Carleton University, and Humber College have the opportunity to pitch their thesis projects to a jury of select industry professionals who determined winners across five categories. The 2017 Rocket Awards took place at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education on Saturday, May 13th.
This year the Rocket Winner was Alireza Saeedi of Carleton University for his asphalt recycling unit Infinitium. The Rocket Award is selected from the first place category winners and represents the best of all entries. Alireza Saeedi’s Infinitium was also presented the Commercial Equipment Award. Category winners also included Richard Revie of OCAD University winning the Sport & Play Award for his skateboard system Primo. Samantha Vanveen of OCAD University was granted the Shepp ID Health & Wellness Award for her reusable incontinence briefs Azalea. The Swave Studios Consumer Product Award went to Cameron Veenstra of Humber College for his maker culture urban workshop KITT. The Array Social Awareness & Sustainability Award was presented to Meagan Louie of Carleton University for her soil scanning toolkit Earthbound.
In addition to the Category Awards, sponsor-select awards were available to all twenty-five entries across categories. The Inertia Innovation Award was granted to Jack Morris of Humber College for his all-terrain immunization vehicle The Last Mile. The Cortex Design User Experience Award was presented to Caroline Smeek of Carleton University for her Maternal Care for preeclampsia in rural Canada. The Designforce Market Ready Award was granted to Richard Revie of OCAD University for his skateboard system Primo. The Umbra People’s Choice Award, along with an Umbra Shift Coiled Stool, went to Ana Carpio of Humber College for her mobile neonatal device Nunu.
The winning entries of the Rocket Category Awards will be on display in the main lobby of the Design Exchange located at 234 Bay Street, Toronto until Sunday, May 28, 2017.