"Fab = creativity that transcends and combines the digital and physical realms"

YouFab, which was first held in 2012, has grown into a global award that recognizes excellence in creative works of the new-millennium and made using digital fabrication tools.

The awards, which are being held for the 7th consecutive year this year, recognize and celebrate creative works and inventions that stem from a powerful collaboration between digital and physical fabrication, based on the concept that "Fab = creativity that transcends and combines the digital and physical realms".

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Award Overview

YouFab Global Creative Awards 2018

Submission should be creative experiments, works and inventions that stem from powerful collaborations in the fabrication world. These submissions can encompass physical products, art, architecture, or intangible projects such as performing arts, events, workshops and experiments.

A condition of entry is that the submitted work be in its completed/operational form, and not left in the conceptual phase of the design plan or proposal. Submissions can be something that has already been launched, or something yet to be unveiled.

Entry Period

August 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018 12:00 (Japan time, noon)

Initial Review Results Announcement

Mid-December, 2018

Final Review Results Announcement

Early January, 2019

Awards Ceremony

Early February 2019



There are no age or nationality restrictions to this category therefore is open to anyone of interest whether it be individuals or corporations.


This category is only eligible for those who are enrolled in an university or a vocational college at the time of entry. There are no age or nationality entry restrictions.


At YouFab 2018, there is a special prize from Lion Corporation. The theme for the award is "MERGE - A future where work and life melt together". For those with works related to the theme, you can apply for the special prize at the same time as you do the regular application.


Kei Wakabayashi /Editor

Kei Wakabayashi was born in 1971 and spent his early childhood in London and New York. After graduating from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in French Studies at Waseda University, he joined Heibonsha, and became part of the editorial department for "Gekkan Taiyo." In 2000, became an independent editor. Afterward, he edited a wide range of publications, including magazines, books, and exhibition records, and became active as a music journalist. He was assigned as the Chief Editor for the Japanese edition of "WIRED" in 2012, and left the post in 2017. In 2018, he launched blkswn publishers, Inc. and authored the book, "Sayonara Mirai" (Goodbye, Future), published by Iwanami Shoten (April 2018).

Gerfried Stocker /Artistic and Managing Director of Ars Electronica

Since 1995 he has been a managing and an artistic director of Ars Electronica. 1995/1996 he developed the groundbreaking exhibition strategies of Ars Electronica Center with a small team of artists and technicians and was responsible for the set-up and establishment of Ars Electronica’s own R&D facility, Ars Electronica Futurelab. Since 2004 he has been in charge of developing Ars Electronica’s program of international exhibition tours. From 2005 on he planned the expansion of Ars Electronica Center and implemented the total substantive makeover of its exhibits. Stocker is a guest speaker at many international conferences and a Visiting Professor at Osaka University of Arts as well as guest lecturer at Deusto University Bilbao. He is also a consultant for many international companies on creativity and innovation management.

Julia Cassim /Professor at KYOTO Design Lab Kyoto Institute of Technology

Julia Cassim’s career spans the worlds of art, design, museum studies and social activism. She studied fine art at Manchester College of Art and Design and Tokyo University of the Arts on a Japanese Government scholarship. She has an MPhil from the International Centre for Heritage Studies at the University of Newcastle and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Art (RCA) and of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and is an international authority on inclusive design. The 24 and 48 Hour Inclusive Design Challenges she organised at the RCA Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design have been held in 21 cities worldwide, involved over 800 designers and were the subject of an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2010. In May 2014, she was appointed Professor at the KYOTO Design Lab, a centre for interdisciplinary design innovation at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. A recent project bringing together science and design won a Dutch Design Award in 2016. She was included in Design Week’s ‘Hot 50’ list of people who most influenced the design world in 2010.

Satoshi Yoshiizumi /TAKT PROJECT Inc., Representative,Designer/Creative Director

Mr. Yoshiizumi has undertaken various projects seeking to “create other possibilities” through design. He has conducted experimental independent research projects and presented the results at the Milan Design Week, DesignMiami, Maison & Objet Paris, Hong Kong M+, and other domestic and international art museums and design events. Yoshiizumi collaborates with various clients, taking a unique approach which maximizes the role of design in projects based on research findings. His work has been collected at the Hong Kong M+ museum. He has also received many domestic and international awards, including the DesignMiami/ Swarovski Designers of the Future Award. In 2018, he was a GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2018 Jury Member.

Chiaki Hayashi /Loftwork Inc. Co-founder

Co-founded Loftwork Inc. in 2000, which rolls out the diversely projects including web, community, and spatial design initiatives. The agency operates multiple services: “FabCafe”, a digital manufacturing cafe, and “MTRL”, a creative space for creators, “AWRD”, a platform to promote co-creation with creators. She also serves as the Japan Liaison to the Director of MIT Media Lab, and CEO of Hidakuma. Hidakuma is a new form of public-private joint enterprise, which aims to create regional industries through traditional techniques and forest regeneration.


Grand Prize

1Winner  Trophy/ 1000 USD

First Prize

1Winner  Trophy/ 500 USD

Student Award

1Winner  Award Certificate / 300 USD

General Award

1Winner  Award Certificate / 300 USD

LION Award

1Winner  Award Certificate / 1000 USD

YouFab 2018 grants the “Lion Award” as a special prize in collaboration with Lion Corporation. The theme for the award is “MERGE – A future where work and life merge together”. For those with works related to the theme, it is possible to apply for the Lion Award along with the YouFab 2018 application.  


Several Winners  Award Certificate


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