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IDEAS COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS, AS PART OF BELEKTRO 2020

The 7th belektro ideas competition for students is looking for forward-looking concepts for sustainable lighting. If you want a future worth living, think sustainable! Modular concepts allow functional and creative flexibility, enable the replacement of defective elements and simplify recycling.

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IMPRESSIONS OF THE 2018 IDEAS COMPETITION WINNERS

COMPETITION OVERVIEW

PROCEDURE

Two-stage competition:
An expert jury selects the best designs from all submissions, which are to be realised as functional models in the second step. The jury evaluates the models submitted, and the best three models are awarded prize money from Messe Berlin GmbH totalling €3,000. The winners will be announced and awarded at belektro from 3 to 5 November 2020.

BACKROUND

In our fast-moving times, luminaires are also subject to fashion. In private homes, luminaires are rarely used until their actual end of life. For this reason, the design should take into account the possibility of creative changes or be based on a restrained design that can be used in a wide variety of aesthetic contexts.

TIMELINE

Registration

1st jury meeting

2nd jury meeting

Award Ceremony
3 - 5 November 2020 at the belektro at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds

EVALUATION CRITERIA

In addition to original aesthetics, aspects such as efficient lighting technology, conformity to standards, intuitive control, simple and safe handling, maximum environmental compatibility and cost-effective production must also be taken into account in the design.

THE JURY

Gisela Çakir

Research assistant, ERGONOMIC Institute for Labour and Social Research, Berlin

Carsten Joschko

Master of Electrical Engineering, Chairman of Landesinnungsverbandes der Elektrotechnischen Handwerke Berlin/Brandenburg

Ingrid Krauß

Scientific management, IDZ Berlin

Carolin Liedtke

LiTG board member, responsible for "Junge LiTG" (young LiTG)

Emre Onur

Editor-in-chief of Licht magazine, sponsor of the ideas competition

Mathias Schulze

Master of Electrical Engineering, Chief Master of the Electrical Guild Königs Wusterhausen, Member of the Board of the LIV Berlin/Brandenburg, Head of the Regional Electrical Engineering Group, Königs Wusterhausen / Deputy Spokesman of the Jury and Consultant for Technical Questions

Christian Brehm

Director for sustainable marketing and sales, Lightcycle Retourlogistik und Service GmbH

Organizers of the ideas competition

Dipl.-Ing. Gisela Çakir

Research assistant, ERGONOMIC Institute for Labour and Social Research, Berlin

Sustainability is on everyone's lips today. And so naturally also with the subject of lighting. Many older lights are classics today and "sustainable" in use simply because of their design. However, the requirements for sustainable luminaires (material, energy efficiency, packaging, disposal) are much more diverse today. As a representative of the field of ergonomics, the usability of the luminaire is my main concern. Usability refers to the extent to which a product, system or service can be used by specific users in a specific application context to achieve specific goals effectively, efficiently and satisfactorily. If the application context changes, as described in the task definition, this presents an additional challenge to product design.

Gisela Cakir

Carsten Joschko

Master of Electrical Engineering, Chairman of Landesinnungsverbandes der Elektrotechnischen Handwerke Berlin/Brandenburg

In view of the demographic change in Germany, the 2018 competition theme is of high social relevance. Sooner or later, each and every one of us will have to deal with the question of how we want to shape our domestic environment in old age. Sensible concepts and products can only emerge if science, technology, design and crafts complement each other in exchange with the target groups. We are curious to see what ideas designers develop during their training. With our expertise, we will pay particular attention to the technical aspects and provide support.

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Ingrid Krauß

Scientific management, IDZ Berlin

Light is essential for our well-being. As designers, we can help ensure that luminaires and lighting systems can be optimally adapted to different needs through the design of luminaires and lighting systems as well as through the planning of comprehensive and well thought-out lighting solutions. Functionality and ease of use are important criteria. "For most of us, design is invisible. Until it fails." This statement by Bruce Mau also applies to the subject of light. We do not take good light for granted; only when it dazzles, when it is not used sensibly, when it does not support our vision, do we find it disturbing. For me, "best light" - for "best agers" as well as for all other target groups - is therefore light that does equal justice to spatial conditions and human abilities and needs. I have been a member of the jury of the belektro ideas competition for several years now and look forward to many good ideas, exciting submissions and exchanges with the other jurors!

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Carolin Liedtke

LiTG board member, responsible for "Junge LiTG" (young LiTG)

The 2018 ideas competition will focus on a topic of particular social urgency. In the jury's work, I will focus not only on compliance with the requirements, but also on how the participants dealt with the heterogeneous target group. Today's students have completely different experiences in dealing with smart technologies. A change of perspective is therefore a particular challenge for them. Although there are reliable findings on the changes in physiology in old age, there is far less consensus on a suitable user experience design for this target group(s). I am curious to learn how the students have gained insights into the reality of life of the Best and Gold Agers: through personal contact, an experiment or through research. These insights should accompany the entire design work. In addition to the success of the competition, such an approach also makes it possible to raise awareness of this social challenge that affects us all!

Emre Onur

Editor-in-chief of Licht magazine, sponsor of the ideas competition

The ideas competition 2018 takes up highly topical, socially and architecturally relevant topics such as barrier-free building, multi-generation houses and universal design. In the lighting sector, we usually speak of human-centric lighting, for example in the lighting of homes, senior citizens' homes or nursing homes. That would be too short for the current topic. Planning must be more far-sighted - starting with the "simple" reading lamp, incorporating the design of light switches and ending with the lighting control of complex facilities. A product for this target group must be functional and easy to use, appealing to all the senses and, last but not least, pleasing to the eye. A great challenge! I am curious to see how the students implement the theme and encourage the participants to seek dialogue with the best agers as early as the design process in order to get to know the concrete needs.

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Mathias Schulze

Master of Electrical Engineering, Chief Master of the Electrical Guild Königs Wusterhausen, Member of the Board of the LIV Berlin/Brandenburg, Head of the Regional Electrical Engineering Group, Königs Wusterhausen / Deputy Spokesman of the Jury and Consultant for Technical Questions

In view of the demographic change in Germany, the 2018 competition theme is of high social relevance. Sooner or later, each and every one of us will have to deal with the question of how we want to shape our domestic environment in old age. Sensible concepts and products can only emerge if science, technology, design and crafts complement each other in exchange with the target groups. We are curious to see what ideas designers develop during their training. With our expertise, we will pay particular attention to the technical aspects and provide support.

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Christian Brehm

Director for sustainable marketing and sales, Lightcycle Retourlogistik und Service GmbH

In addition to energy efficiency, the design of the luminaire decisive for resource consumption and recyclability. Good product design should take this into account.

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