Organised by The Hong Kong Exporters’ Association (HKEA) and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hong Kong Smart Design Awards 2020 (HKSDA 2020) has revealed the winners of its three categories in the Corporate Group, namely the “Gifts”, the “Home & Houseware”, and the “Toys & Baby”, as well as that of the Conceptual Group’s “Kick-Start Project Division”. With close to 400 design entries, this year’s Corporate Group sees a 9% year-on-year growth in the number of entries received. Through careful selection by an esteemed judging panel, 75 distinctively creative yet practical local designs have outshone their competitors and been awarded. Aside from opening a gateway for local designers to enter overseas markets, HKSDA offers support to these winning designers in business management, digitalisation and product development in the current challenging economy arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Going forward with such support, these winners will further spread the gospel of Hong Kong design, build brand value and seek opportunities in new markets.
HKSDA 2020’s winning designs were all selected by a panel of esteemed judges including the Chairman of The Hong Kong Exporters’ Association Mr. Benson Pau; renowned Hong Kong designer Mr. Tommy Li; Chairman of Hong Kong Design Centre Prof. Eric Yim; Dean of School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) Prof. Kun-Pyo Lee and more. The entries were judged based on their marketability, functionality, uniqueness, sustainability, technology application plus a number of other criteria.
One of the judges, Chairman of Hong Kong Design Centre Prof. Eric Yim says, “This year’s HKSDA saw much enthusiasm from SMEs across different sectors. Compared to last year, we saw a rising number of entries albeit the current global epidemic and fluctuating economy, proving not only how much enterprises value this award, but also the opportunities it brings them. We’re also glad to see the acknowledgement HKSDA has earned from the Hong Kong design and export industries.”