AWRD for Business

Boost your business with the power of awards!

With AWRD, companies, schools and local governments can call for ideas, host online lectures, develop products, and even host global competitions.

AWRD is an online platform that shares information on creative competitions and hackathons and is hosted by Loftwork.

The talented Loftwork team, who have an extensive array of experience in planning and hosting awards, will support you every step of the way as you roll out your various projects.

Fully leverage AWRD for various purposes, such as discovering talent, developing products, and taking your project global via the AWRD network.



Four Reasons to Leverage AWRD for Your Business

A creative community to boost your business

Designers, illustrators, engineers and architects… our community is made up of a wide variety of creators. Through various events and programs, we'll shed light from all perspectives on how to fully optimize your strengths and services.

Ideas and energy from all over the globe

By leveraging the global network of 10 FabCafes around the world as well as events in various places, we can generate a high level of entries and results.

A platform that allows for smartphone entries & judging, reducing secretariat duties & costs

By using the system for just 50,000 yen per month, it's also possible to request a service package that includes planning curation and event management. With our extensive experience in executing various types of plans as well as event management in various fields, our team will work together with organizers to roll out their projects smoothly and effectively.

Not just an award, but a design framework to optimize project impact

Planning will also leverage offline opportunities for hands-on events and meet ups for engineers, as well as press events and award ceremonies for the media.


Past examples

※The following are excerpts. They are mainly for Loftwork’s plans.


Partner development for new business development『YouFab Global Creative Awards 2017 Yamaha Award』

Award sponsor: Yamaha Corporation

#New business #Product #development #Design #Art


Our objective is to create a contact point for excellent design and art talent around the world, and acquire joint development partners while exploring Yamaha's new business theme. We selected works with Yamaha's unique theme, and produced prototypes with the winners and Yamaha's development theme. This was presented at the awards ceremony.

Rediscover the charm of the area with creators『USIO Design Project』

Organizer: Ishigaki City

#Local activities #sightseeing


Along with the opening of Ishigaki Airport, we aim to rebrand Ishigaki Island as a whole. In our first year, we implemented and used open recruitment for the redesign of specialty products as the theme and introduced the tale of the island's special products and their makers. In the second year, we made a public offering for trips, and in the third year, we created a website and booklets to inform people in both Japan and abroad about the "the essence of Ishigaki Island" that we discovered through this project 

Upcyling that gives new value to wood waste + product development + talent discovery『10,000 creators meet PASS THE BATON』

Organizer:PASS THE BATON

#UPCYCLE #Product development


We are openly recruiting for designs and ideas for development of upcycled products that makes use of B items from companies, or materials generated by manufacturing processes. While commercializing outstanding works together with various creators, we verified the processes, and disseminated the learnings and results.

Discover global talent and open up the future『YouFab Global Creative Awards』

Organizer:FabCafe

#Global #Innovation #Design


"YouFab Global Creative Awards" are awards that evaluate and recognize creations and inventions born from the sophisticated collaboration of digital and physical fabrication, and was started in 2012. We select a wide range of projects, activities, works from all over the world in areas including products, art, architecture, performance arts, and workshops. We are a global project that delivers a lot of talent. 

Ideathon for thinking about the future of experiences『Lifestyle in the year 2045』

Organizer:Loftwork, Sponsorship:AXA Life Insurance

#Service design #New business


Implemented as part of Loftwork's event series. In the ideathon carried out with sponsorship from AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd., ideas regarding the experiences, services and products to be pursued 30 years into the future are outputted in story form. We have prototyped the future products that make up that story. 

Making concepts of new products『OPC Hack & Make Project』

Organizer:Olympus Corporation

#New business


Our project uses open Olympus technology to cultivate new photographic experiences alongside developers, creators, and users. We launched this project from before the release of open platform camera OLYMPUS AIR, and released the prototype SDK and general 3D data. Through hackathons and events at FabCafe, we created a community, and new photographic experiences have been proposed.

AWRD Pricing


Loftwork Community

How about hosting a great variety of awards, hackathons, and events while working with various services and platforms, as well as the community of Loftwork, which manages AWRD?


FabCafe

We work on partner and societal issues through collaboration with diverse creators who implement new fabrication methods. Fabcafe, which is in ten countries around the world, is closely connected with the creative community in each of those regions, and works with various projects that make full use of the materials, techniques, and technology unique to those regions.

Hidakuma

A new form of public-private partnership projects to create local industries through reforestation and fabrication. In addition to developing products made of wood that make use of the rich regional resources of Hida, we operate FabCafe Hida, a digital manufacturing base with lodging capabilities. It is also possible to use it for business development such as through company or university training camps, workshops, etc.

MTRL

An open creative lounge that shares new inspiration and permanently exhibits hand-crafted devices made from traditional materials (wood, metal, cloth, etc.) and that use digital unique "materials" such as sensors and modules equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

OpenCU

"Platform that connects wisdom with wisdom" to interact at events planned by users to promote "learning" about creativess and business. We hold 7-8 events every month, based in Shibuya.

BioClub

A place where people who are interested in science and who span different fields: professionals such as researchers, creators, companies, hobbyists, etc. We establish contact points between different fields and create new perspectives.

100BANCH

A base to support the activities of the next generation that will create the future. A collaborative space where young people under 35 gather, interact, and cause new chemical changes. (co-planned by Panasonic and Cafe Company)