iF Design Award 2018: Taipei Cycle Show
TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2018: Winners have been decided!
After two days of examination, discussion and evaluation, the judging panel finally made a decision, and the long-awaited results of the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2018 are determined. The competition is organized by TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and TBA (Taiwan Bicycle Association) and executed by the iF DESIGN ASIA Ltd. for the seventh time.
A total of 45 entries are recognized with the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2018. Among them, eight most exceptional products are granted with a special honor, the TAIPEI CYCLE gold award 2018. The special award, “Gold Award – Young Enterprise”, goes to one of the startup companies established after 1 January 2014. The winner of this special honor shall enjoy the promotion package free of charge.
Jury chairman, Francois Liang: “Many entries this year showed their diverse characters with the help of outstanding development capabilities and advanced technology, which echoes with the theme of the TAIPEI CYCLE show 2018. Complete bike makers are paying more attention to details and form design, especially on special-purpose bikes. Components and parts are more functional oriented; bike engineering works are well-thought through to increase performance, such as weight reduction. An integration of mechatronics and applying the recent developed bike technologies on E-bikes and pedelecs is where the design and innovation of components and parts is going. Additionally, to fulfill the demand of indoor workout and fitness needs, many entries have worked with or are made for specific software and IoT products, which expands possibilities for bicycle products.”
120 entries have been submitted to the competition this year. 30% of the entries come from overseas, which sees a slight growth in ratio from last year. Meanwhile, many products from overseas are designed and manufactured in Taiwan, which shows how much design and innovation of bicycle products worldwide reply on the complete and robust supply chain in Taiwan.
Gathered in Taipei on 26 and 27 September 2018, the judging panel of the year is comprise of Dieter Fornoff (Puls Produktdesign GmbH, Germany), Francois Liang (Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D Center, Taiwan), James Shyr (Huaren Technology R&D Company, China), Ken O'Rourke (KOR-DESIGN, Taiwan), Manfred Wang (Qisda Corporation; National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan) and Shikuan Chen (Compal Electronics Inc., Taiwan).
Award winners will be honored and have a chance to celebrate their achievements on 30 October 2018 during the pre-show press conference of the TAIPEI CYCLE 2018. All award-winning products will be displayed at Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1, 4F (Booth Number: L0118) from 31 October to 3 November 2018. Due to the change of show dates in 2019, there will be no TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards next year.
Facts & Figures – TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2018:
_ 89 participants from 16 countries submitted 120 entries
_ 5 categories:
02 Components + Parts
03 Peripherals + Accessories
04 E-bikes + Pedelecs
05 IoT Applications in Cycling (NEW!)
_ 45 TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards winners 2018
_ 8 TAIPEI CYCLE gold award winners 2018
_ 1 Gold Award – Young Enterprise winners 2018
>> The list of award winners is now available upon request and will be published at www.ifworlddesignguide.com after the awards ceremony on 30 October 2018.