The BraunPrize 2009 launched successfully in March 2008 and today Braun announced the date for the award ceremony as September 16th 2009. The countdown begins already for many, as countless design graduates from around the world have already submitted their stunning product concepts to Braun's 17th design competition "Braun 2009 - Envision Conscious Design". With many more submissions still expected, it will ensure that BraunPrize 2009 will be the most fiercely competitive yet.
The internationally recognised design competition, run by Braun every other year, is open to existing product and industrial design students and those who have graduated within the last two years.
Aspiring designers have until the 31st January, 2009 to submit their product concepts to Braun in the form of sketches, photographs, technical drawings and a project description.
By entering the highly regarded BraunPrize, designers are giving themselves the opportunity to start their careers with a bang. The BraunPrize's eventual winner, who will be revealed at the lavish September 16th ceremony in Kronberg, Germany, will be earmarked as a design rising star of the future.
The concepts will be judged by the BraunPrize jury, which this year includes: Anna Kirah, a noted design anthropologist from Oslo, Norway; Kazuo Tanaka, the President of GK Design Group Inc. Tokyo, Japan; Florian Seiffert, a Professor for Product Design at Fachhochschule Mainz, Germany, and the first ever BraunPrize Winner from 1968; Rainer Silbernagel, Director of the Braun Engineering and Quality Institute at the Technical Centre Kronberg, Germany, and Peter Schneider, Director of Corporate Design at Braun in Kronberg, Germany, and Chairman of the BraunPrize jury.
But the BraunPrize doesn't just offer a new generation of design talent an unparralelled showcase for their work, it also provides financial bursaries to help launch and develop young careers. The total prize money gifted through the competition is EUR36,000, with the overall winner of the BraunPrize receiving EUR12,000 and a six-month paid internship within the Braun design department. The remaining money is then bestowed to the other BraunPrize finalists (who receive EUR5,000 each) with the rest being distributed in the form of special recognition awards at the discretion of the jury.