DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award 2016 Open for Application

(21 April 2016, Hong  Kong)  DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (DFA HKYDTA), one of the DFA Awards programmes organised by Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), is now open for application until 28 June this year. Awardees may be granted financial sponsorship up to HK$500,000 to work overseas for famed design firms or to study in renowned design institutes.

Established in 2005, the DFA HKYDTA aims to nurture local up-and-coming designers and design graduates. With the financial sponsorship for overseas work attachment or study, awardees can develop their skills, unleash their potential and inspire their design thinking, contributing to the long-term development of Hong Kong’s design industry and maintaining the city’s competitiveness upon their return.  Over the past 11 years, 79 out of 109 awardees have been entitled the financial sponsorship.

Hong Kong permanent residents aged 35 or below who are either designers with at least one year full-time working experience in the design or related professions, or graduates of design or related disciplines in 2016 are eligible for the application.

The DFA HKYDTA comprises 5 grand awards, including (1) CreateSmart Young Design Talent Award, (2) CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award, (3) HKDI Young Design Talent Award, (4) PolyU School of Design Young Design Talent Award with financial sponsorship from Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) or School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and (5) Young Design Talent Special Mention Award may also be conferred to selected candidates.

Candidate will be assessed by judging panel based on his/her (1) potential contribution to the design and innovation development in Hong Kong; (2) personal aspirations, talents and achievements in specific field with potential continuous development; (3) effectiveness of communication and presentation skills; (4) portfolio of design works and (5) overseas plan proposal.

In 2015, a total of 17 awardees consisting of eight design practitioners and nine design graduates have been granted the awards. Fourteen of them would receive financial sponsorship up to HK$5,000,000 in total and start their overseas undertaking by end of September this year.

More photos are available at: http://www.hkdc.hk/download/awards/DFA_HKYDTA_Photos.zip

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About DFA Hong Kong  Young Design Talent Award (DFA HKYDTA)

Organised by the HKDC and as one of the programmes of DFA Awards, DFA HKYDTA aims to support and cultivate local up-and-coming designers and design graduates aged 35 or below.  Awardees may receive sponsorship to undergo overseas work attachment in renowned design companies or study in overseas institutes to unleash their potential and contribute to Hong Kong’s design and creative industry development upon their return. (Details: www.ydta.dfaawards.com)

About Hong Kong  Design Centre 

Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) is a non-profit organisation and  strategic partner of the HKSAR Government in establishing Hong Kong as a centre of design excellence in Asia. Since 2002, HKDC has been on a public mission to use design and innovation to drive value creation and improve the well-being of society in the following directions: (i) connecting all industry doers and thinkers, fostering exchange and collaborations among designers, businesses and academia; (ii) celebrating talents and good designs that improve quality of life, address social innovation and preserve cultural heritage; (iii) nurturing creativity and entrepreneurship among students, budding design-preneurs and design-driven start-ups; (iv) advancing expertise and knowledge to promote innovation and growth within Hong Kong’s design community; and (v) engaging the society by sharing industry news, knowledge and insights with the press as well as the public.  (Details: www.hkdesigncentre.org)


Awards Enquiries
Karmen Fung
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Email: karmen.fung@hkdesigncentre.org
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