IHA Student Design Competition

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IHA Student Design Competition

The International Housewares Association (IHA) is happy to announce the Student Design Competition. This competition is open for undergraduate and graduates industrial design students enrolled in a degree-granting program at any university in North America or other countries.

A total of $12,000 is available in cash prizes. Winners will be invited to the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show (2nd–5th March 2019, McCormick Place, Chicago). Winners’ schools will also receive cash grants.

Who May Eligible:

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

  • Undergraduate and graduate industrial design students enrolled in a degree-granting program at any university in North America or other countries may enter.
  • Spring 2018 graduates are eligible if the project was completed before graduation.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link: https://www.housewares.org/show/studentdesign

Note: Send printed entry materials to Vicki Matranga IHA Student Design Competition 6400 Shafer Court, Suite 650 Rosemont, IL 60018


  • A student may enter more than one project.
  • Team projects are allowed. If a team project is selected as a winner, IHA pays for travel for one student and the team splits the cash award.
  • Entries will be accepted in the following categories:
    • Small Electric Appliances
    • Personal Care and Home Healthcare Products
    • Tableware, Serving Products and Accessories
    • Cook and Bakeware
    • Kitchenware:
    • Cleaning Products
    • Outdoor Products and Home Maintenance
    • Organization and Storage
    • Furniture
    • Decorative Accessories
    • Juvenile and Pet Product
    • Connected Home Products


  • Judges allocate $12,000 in cash prizes.
  • An additional $3,000 is donated to the winners’ schools.
  • Winning projects are displayed in the Hall of Global Innovation at the International Home + Housewares Show (March 2-5, McCormick Place, Chicago).
  • Winners receive travel, per diems and lodging for six nights (Thursday, February 28 – Wednesday, March 6).
  • If a winner is from a school outside North America, IHA pays for travel from a U.S. location. Winners must be available for the exhibit and media.
  • Honorable Mentions receive a small cash award. They are not required to attend the Show.
  • Honorable Mentions are included in media information and their entry booklets are on view in the student display.

Application Deadline:

The online entry deadline is December 18, 2018.

Apply Now

If you have any questions, contact Vicki Matranga at IHA: 847-692-0136, email: vmatranga@housewares.org

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