Design Challenge

1. Design Brief
2. How can I enter my idea?
3. Do I need to be a designer to enter the HSAUDC?
4. What are the HSAUDC Entry Requirements?
5. What is recommended for the A1 poster?
6. What are the HSAUDC Terms and Conditions?
7. What are the Evaluation Criteria for Round 1?
8. What is involved in Round 2?
9. What are the Evaluation Criteria for Round 2?
10. What is the membership of the HSAUDC Judging Panel?
11. What is Universal Design?
12. Explanation of Key Terminology for the HSAUDC


HSAUDC is an open call for ideas that can demonstrate innovation in the design and delivery of solutions for adaptable and smart homes. The overarching objective is to develop ideas that will improve the quality of life for older persons in Ireland. HSAUDC will offer up to €100,000 in prizes.

Here are HSAUDC Entry Requirements, Evaluation Criteria, Terms and Conditions and other Useful Information:

 


1. Design Brief

You can download the Design Brief by clicking the links below:

Design Brief (English)

Design Brief (Irish)

 


2. How can I enter my idea?

Entries of ideas to the HSAUDC will only be accepted using the online HSAUDC Entry Form and must be submitted by the deadline 12:00 noon on 13th March 2017.


3.  Do I need to be a designer to enter the HSAUDC?

No, you don’t need to be a designer, but design skills will be really important when designing, making, testing new ideas.

When creative thinking and design methods are used well they can help spot new opportunities, test and iterate new ideas, and keep the needs, aspirations, and motivations of people at the heart of the process.

The HSAUDC invites entries from anyone with a novel and inventive idea that can be further presented as a solution and encourages all entrants to keep creative thinking and design skills central to their entry.


4.  What are the HSAUDC Entry Requirements?

Entrants must fully complete the online HSAUDC Entry Form in order to advance into Round 1 of the Challenge.

The online entry form will include the following information fields:

  • Name of idea entered,
  • Contact details of the lead person entering the idea (i.e. the entrant),
  • Indication of acceptance that any information included with the entered idea can be publically disclosed by HSAUDC,
  • Indication of acceptance that the entrant has read and agrees with the HSAUDC Terms and Conditions,
  • Indication of any conflict of interest with the Judging Panel.
  • Identification of which area(s) the idea applies:
    smart technologies in housing for older people, and/or;
    adaptation of existing houses to meet the needs of older people, and/or;
    life-time communities.
  • Description of what problem the idea is solving,
  • Description of how the idea is novel and inventive,
  • Description of the expected impact the entered idea will have and the vision for its success,
  • Description of how the idea has been considered to align with at least 4 of the 7 Principles of Universal Design,
  • Description of the feasibility, cost effectiveness and potential for mainstreaming of the idea,
  • Description of a plan for further development of the idea,
  • Description of why you are the right person / team to make the plan happen.

The online entry form must include a PDF of an A1 size poster visually summarising the entered idea, (see A1 poster recommendations).


5.  What is recommended for the A1 poster?

The A1 size poster must use the same headings and logos, but is flexible about the general layout. It should be similar to the layout in the sample poster template provided in the HSAUDC Entry Form.

The A1 poster can be further designed as preferred by the entrant to present their idea as part of the HSAUDC Round 1 entry. You can find detailed instructions – for both the experienced and non-experienced – on how to create your A1 Poster here.

The poster should clearly present the idea by including original images. All images must have embedded alternative text. (click here for an example of doing alternative text in Microsoft)

The poster text sections fields should use short excerpts from the related fields of text about the idea in the HSAUDC Entry Form.


6.   What are the HSAUDC Terms and Conditions?

All entrants will be subject to the following HSAUDC Terms and Conditions:

  • All entries to the HSAUDC should be in English and must be submitted using the online entry form in alignment with all Requirements, Terms and Conditions and Deadlines posted.
  • Any registerable interest or conflicts of interest must be fully disclosed.
  • The Challenge  organisers will not be liable in respect of any costs or loss of earnings incurred by challenge entrants (Round 1), commended entrants (Round 2) including attendance to the final ceremony.
  • Decisions of the Judging Panel in Round 1 and in Round 2 will be final.
  • Before any prize money is awarded, commended entrants will be required to promptly produce an up-to-date Tax Clearance Certificate. All payments will be conditional on the entrant being in possession of a valid certificate at all times.
  • The Challenge organiser reserves the right to withhold prize money where a commended entrant has failed to meet challenge obligations to an acceptable level of quality and within a reasonable period of time.
  • All entries will be subject to possible public disclosure and promotion. It is recommended that the entrant seek guidance or support regarding intellectual property rights (patents, registering designs, copyrights) in the event that the idea is at a sensitive stage and has not been protected.
  • Successful entrants must comply with other statutory legal requirements, including payment of minimum wage.
  • 1998 Freedom of Information. The challenge organiser undertakes to use its best endeavours to hold confidential any information provided by entrants in response to this challenge, subject to the obligations under law, including the Freedom of Information Act, which came into effect on 21 April 1998. Should an entrant wish that any information supplied in connection with this challenge not be disclosed because of its sensitivity, the entrant should, when providing the information, identify same and specify the reasons for its sensitivity.
  • The challenge organiser will consult with the entrant about this sensitive information before making a decision on any Freedom of Information request received.

 


 7.   What are the Evaluation Criteria for Round 1?

Qualifying entries will be evaluated by a Judging Panel who will award up to a maximum of 100 Marks.

The weighting of marks for Round 1 Evaluation Criteria will be as follows:

  • How well and credibly the entrant explains that the idea can improve the quality of life for older persons, with marks distributed as follows: (total 40 Marks)
    • What problem the idea is solving (15 Marks)
    • How the idea is novel and inventive (10 Marks)
    • What the expected impact the idea will have and the vision for its success (15 Marks)
  • How well the idea is clearly described in relation to: (total 30 Marks):
    • alignment with at least 4 of the 7 Principles of Universal Design (15 Marks)
    • feasibility, cost effectiveness and potential for mainstreaming of the idea (15 Marks)
  • How well the idea is visually summarised on an A1 poster (10 Marks)
  • How well the plan to further develop the idea is clearly described (10 Marks)
  • Why you are the right person / team to make the plan happen (10 Marks)

8.   What is involved in Round 2?

Round 2 requires Commended Entrants to develop their ideas further. Such development may involve market research, testing, trialling, prototyping etc. to help build substantive proof that the idea is a solution that is feasible, cost effective and has the potential for mainstreaming.

Round 2 requires the preparation and submission of a development plan / business plan and additional presentation material (text, visual media, video, prototype or other formats) for evaluation by the Judging Panel against the Round 2 Evaluation Criteria.

Commended Entrants will be invited to use a HSAUDC Round 2 Entry Form that must be submitted by 12:00 noon on 12th June 2017.

Round 2 entries will be scored by the Judging Panel against the Round 2 Evaluation Criteria.

Round 2 entrants will also be required to make an in-person presentation about their solution to the Judging Panel.

These presentations will take place in Dublin, during the week beginning 19th June 2017.


 9.   What are the Evaluation Criteria for Round 2?

The Judging Panel will award up to a maximum of 100 Marks.

The weighting of Evaluation Criteria for Round 2 will be as follows:

  • How well the Commended Entrant’s solution demonstrates that it aligns with at least 4 of the 7 Principles of Universal Design; and provides strong proof that their solution is feasible, cost effective, and has the potential for mainstreaming (50 Marks),
  • How well and credibly the Commended Entrant presents their solution to the Judging Panel and demonstrates that they have the right skills and attitude to deliver on the solution (50 Marks).

10.   What is the membership of the HSAUDC Judging Panel?

The Judging Panel will include members such as:

    • Sean Mahon, RIAI 
    • Matt Gallagher, CIF 
    • Ger Craddock, CEUD
    • James Hubbard, CEUD 
    • Neil Murphy, CEUD 
    • Robert Geraghty, Enterprise Ireland 
    • Ali Grehan, Dublin City Council 
    • Dearbhla McClean, Dublin City Council
    • Joan Mac Mahon, DHPCLG 
    • John Wickham, DHPCLG 
    • Nason Fallon, DHPCLG 

For full biographies on the judging panel, please click here.


11.  What is Universal Design?


Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. This includes public places in the built environment such as buildings, streets or spaces that the public have access to products and services provided in those places and systems that are available including information and communications technology.

Universal Design is based on 7 Principles that can inspire a universal approach to design. Each Principle has Universal Design Guidelines that can help when making design decisions. The HSAUDC Evaluation Criteria call for entries to identify alignment with at least 4 of these 7 Universal Design Principles.

There are also more specific; Universal Design Guidelines for Homes in Ireland, Shared Space Design and the Built Environment that are at:

Housing

Dementia Friendly Dwellings

Shared Space

Built Environment

Building for Everyone


12.   Explanation of Key Terminology for the HSAUDC

What is Smart Ageing

Smart ageing is a broad concept that has been defined as ‘using technology and innovation in both the public and private sectors to produce products, services, solutions, and systems to improve the quality of life of people ages 50 and over’.

What is meant by the potential for “mainstreaming”?

In the context of the HSAUDC, the potential for mainstreaming may be taken as either:

  • The potential of the idea to be commercialized (by the entrant) with the view to manufacture and market distribution, including the potential export
  • The potential of the idea to be for scaled up or replicated for incorporation into building projects where the more typical manufacture and market distribution opportunities may not apply.

What is a Lifetime Community?

Lifetime Community is defined as: “a place that promotes physical, social, mental and economic wellbeing for persons of all abilities, across the entire lifespan.” For more, click here.