School Announces 1st CREATE-X Industrial Design Award Winner and More

Launchpad Plus was a night to celebrate the end of another successful school year in the School of Industrial Design.

As part of that celebration several students were recognized for their achievements. Among those awards was the new CREATE-X Industrial Design award, created to encourage more ID students to participate in the CREATE-X initiative.

CREATE-X has many components, but this award ensures students a place in their summer Startup Launch program. It comes with $20,000 for students to spend on their project, along with mentoring, legal advice, and more.

The first winner of this new award is Team Undertone: Kristin Andreassen and Leyla Larsson. Their winning product is a wearable that detects cervical cancer at a precancerous stage.

Other industrial design winners headed to the CREATE-X summer Startup Launch are:
Team Jennys: Laura Sierra Otalvaro

Her product is underwear that helps women manage their menstrual cramps through portable/re-chargeable heating pads.

Team Mod+Duo: Sarah Hamer and Maggie Parsons

They designed sporty business casual wear so that women can go from work to working out in one step, in order to save on time and money.

Also new this year were the Industry Awards. Representatives from the Atlanta design community reviewed student works and selected designs from each of the class years -- first year, sophomore, etc. through graduate -- to bestow awards in three categories, gold, silver, and bronze.

The “Best in Show” award went to second-year student Francis Lin for a lighting design called “The Creature.”

Judges were Elayne DeLeo of the Atlanta Design Festival, Tim Effler from Kids II, Larry Lee of Plastech, Russel Kroll of Formation Design, and Jeff Smith of Autodesk.

Here are the other award winners

Orange Sparkle Ball | Make 10 Awards

This award is sponsored by Orange Sparkle Ball and Prototype Prime with Steve Chininis’s Make 10 class. Winners receive cash prizes and 3 months free use of Prototype Prime. This year’s jury awarded these prizes:

1st Place and $500 to Tiffany Hsu for her RX Slim Pillbox

2nd Place and $250 to Calvin Zhou for his Earbud Case

3rd Place and $150 to Shana Farkas for her Big Book of Games

College of Design ADVANCE Woman of Excellence Undergraduate Award

The College of Design ADVANCE  Women of Excellence awards are presented to women in the College who have distinguished themselves through professional leadership, mentoring, academic excellence and sustained service on behalf of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the College of Design.

This year’s winner: Lucy Kates who received a certificate and $500.

Richard John Livingstone Martin Humanitarian Design Award

The is award honors the memory of Dick Martin, a professor of Industrial Design, and founder of the Center for Rehabilitation Technology now known as CATEA, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access. It supports excellence in humanitarian design for undergraduates in the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech.

This year’s winners are:
1st Place: Allie Haydon; she receives $1,000

Her project is Makes Sense

2nd Place: Abby Tan, Belinda Zhang, and Valerie Koh; they will split $600

Their project is Brain Health: 100 Day MCI Starter Kit

3rd Place: Victoria Chiang, Jinah Huh, Tayler Carter; they will split $450

They are the designers of DOSE

Honorable Mention: Laura Sierra Otalvaro

For her Project: Jennys

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For More Information Contact

Malrey Head
Digital Communications Specialist
malrey.head@design.gatech.edu