Wikitopia International Competition

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Wikitopia International Competition

Applications are open for Wikitopia International Competition funded by the Japanese government (Japan Science and Technology Agency MIRAI Program). There are no restrictions regarding age, nationality, professional status, etc.

The competition looks forward to receiving diverse submissions from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds, including architecture, urban design, engineering, science, fine arts, activism, and many others.

The competition will be held in two separate phases: Phase 1 and Phase 2. Although the two phases are related, submission to one phase does not require submission to the other.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

Phase 1

  • There are no restrictions regarding age, nationality, professional status, etc.
  • Both individuals and groups (with one individual serving as the group leader) are encouraged to participate; there are no limits regarding the number of submissions by a single individual/group.

Phase 2

  • As with the Phase 1 Competition, there are no restrictions regarding age, nationality, professional status, etc.
  • Both individuals and groups (with one individual serving as the group leader) are encouraged to participate; there are no limits regarding the number of submissions by a single individual/group.
  • Submission to the Phase 1 Competition is not a prerequisite to participate in the Phase 2 Competition.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an application online form through the given links:

Rules:

Phase 1

  • Create a PDF file that conforms to the following set of requirements, and upload the file before the deadline by following the instructions:
    • The filename must be [Last Name] _ [Entry Name] (Example: Jones_NiceChair.pdf). In case of a group submission, please use the last name of the group leader.
    • File size must not exceed 100MB.
    • Describe your idea using text, images, etc.
    • Laid out on either one or two horizontal sheets (A3 size: 420mm x 297mm), and combine all sheets into a single PDF file.
    • All text within the sheets must be written in either English or Japanese. Japanese text should preferably be supplemented by English translations.
    • The [Entry Name] must be included in the upper-left corner of each sheet.
    • Somewhere on the first sheet, please include a summary text of maximum 150 words English, or 300 characters Japanese (preferably supplemented by an English translation) that concisely explains your idea
    • Somewhere on the first sheet, please include a square (width/height ratio = 1:1) image that can serve as the representative image of your idea.
    • All text within the sheets must be large enough to be legible when printing the sheets on A3 size (420mm x 297mm) paper.
    • Aside from the file name, please DO NOT include any personal information (e.g., names, affiliations) on any of the sheets that can identify individuals involved with the submission.
    • Aside from the aforementioned requirements, there are no other restrictions regarding the design of the sheets.
    • Files uploaded after the deadline will not be considered.
    • When uploading the file, we will ask you to enter personal information and also the metadata regarding your submission.
  • Submitting entries to this phase does not make it mandatory to also submit to the Phase 2 Competition.
  • However, as noted earlier the Phase 2 Competition will employ a web-based decision-making process in selecting the winner of the “Wikitopia Prize”.
  • Kindly consider taking part in this process, even if you have no interest in submitting to the Phase 2 Competition.

Phase 2

Create a PDF file that conforms to the following set of requirements, and upload the file before the deadline by following the instructions:

  • The filename must be [Last Name] _ [Entry Name] (Example: Jones_NiceChair.pdf). In case of a group submission, please use the last name of the group leader.
  • File size must not exceed 100MB.
  • Describe your idea using text, images, etc. laid out on either one or two horizontal sheets (A3 size: 420mm x 297mm), and combine all sheets into a single PDF file.
  • All text within the sheets must be written in either English or Japanese. Japanese text should preferably be supplemented by English translations.
  • The [Entry Name] must be included in the upper-left corner of each sheet.
  • Somewhere on the first sheet, please include a summary text of maximum 150 words English, or 300 characters Japanese (preferably supplemented by an English translation) that concisely explains your idea.
  • Somewhere on the first sheet, please include a square (width/height ratio = 1:1) image that can serve as the representative image of your idea.
  • All text within the sheets must be large enough to be legible when printing the sheets on A3 size (420mm x 297mm) paper.
  • Aside from the file name, do not include any personal information (e.g., names, affiliations) on any of the sheets that can identify individuals involved with the submission.
  • Aside from the aforementioned requirements, there are no other restrictions regarding the design of the sheets.
  • Files uploaded after the deadline will not be considered.
  • When uploading the file, we will ask you to enter personal information and also the metadata regarding your submission.
  • Submission to the Phase 1 Competition is not a prerequisite to participate in the Phase 2 Competition.

Benefits:

Phase 1

  • Winner (1 entry):500K yen (approx. 4600USD)
  • Finalists (2~3 entries):100K yen (approx. 920USD)
  • Honorable Mentions (4~5 entries):50K yen (approx. 460USD)
  • The amount in USD will change based on an exchange rate

Phase 2

  • Winner (1 entry):500K yen (approx. 4600USD)
  • Finalists (2~3 entries):100K yen (approx. 920USD)
  • Wikitopia Prize (1 entry):500K yen (approx. 4600USD)
  • The amount of USD will change based on the exchange rate

Application Deadline:

  • Phase 1: The application deadline is September 24, 2018, Mon (23:59 PDT).
  • Phase 2: The application deadline is December 28, 2018, Fri (23:59 PDT).

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