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DHL Blue Sky Transport Design Award attracts entries from across the globe

20 May 2015

The inaugural, Formula E-inspired Blue Sky Transport Design Award from DHL, the global leader in express and logistics, has seen a huge level of global interest and attracted a phenomenal response with entries submitted from across the world.

From the UK to Ukraine, Canada to China, the response to the competition has been truly global with over fifty established and aspiring designers and engineers submitting ideas on solutions with the potential to shape the future of the transportation industry.  Based on the vision of the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully electric racing championship, entrants were invited to design an electric transportation vehicle for private, public or commercial use.
Submissions for the Blue Sky Transportation Design Award were evaluated based on criteria including their originality, functionality, aesthetics, commercial feasibility and potential to solve the problems they are intended to address.
The judging panel chaired by UK designer Paul Priestman, and made up of executives from FIA Formula E, DHL, the Andretti FE racing team and Wired magazine have now identified six finalists who will be invited to Berlin for a Dragon’s Den-style final presentation on May 21, where the ultimate winner will be decided.
The selected finalists are:

  • Maximilian Bakalowits (student, based in UK): “London’s urban vehicle of 2065”
  • Sanal Galushkin (designer, Russia): “Cargo-passenger airship”
  • Philippe Hohlfeld and Oliver Lehtonen (students, UK): “DHL water strider”
  • Song Wei Teo (student, UK): “Nature express”
  • Svetlana Tkachenko (designer, Russia): “Light commercial vehicle”
  • Yibo Wu (student, UK): “Happie the self-driving car”

Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express said:
“We see a growing demand for sustainable transport solutions in our increasingly urbanized world, and we recognize the great potential of electric vehicle and transportation technologies, as exemplified by the FIA Formula E Championship. With the Blue Sky Transportation Design Award, we wanted to encourage everyone who shares Formula E’s vision of a sustainable future to apply their creative talents and come up with a design that could shape the transportation of tomorrow. Entrants from across the world have responded to this challenge, and we have been extremely impressed at the high quality of submissions we have received, and in particular by our five finalists. The Blue Sky Transport Design Award has struck a chord across the world and has elicited some truly promising ideas on how transport can develop and become more sustainable in the future.”
The winning design will be presented at the final race of the FIA Formula E Championship in London, UK on 28 June, 2015, and will receive a grant of GBP 10,000.

Prize details: The top prize is £10,000 courtesy of DHL, plus the entry will be developed into a prototype which will be unveiled at the final FIA Formula E race of the season on 28 June 2015 in London. Runners up prizes are VIP Formula E race experiences for the finalists at the Berlin race meeting on 23 May 2015.

The Judges

  • Paul Priestman (UK) – Chair of the jury

Paul Priestman is a designer, director of PriestmanGoode and Global Creative Director of CSR Sifang. For over 25 years, his guiding principle has been his belief that design is not just about styling, but about making things better and more efficient. Voted one of London’s 1000 most influential people by the Evening Standard, Paul is an inspirational speaker on the subject of design and creative future thinking and flies the flag for British design around the world.

  • Roy Hughes (UK) – DHL

Roy is currently Executive Vice President, Network Operations & Aviation, DHL Express Europe and has been with DHL for 19 years. In this role, he oversees all air and ground operations for DHL Express across more than 40 countries.. He has extensive knowledge in international logistics, transportation and logistics management.

  • Rob Arnott (UK) – Andretti FE

Rob is the Team Manager of the FIA Formula E Championship racing team, Andretti FE. He has extensive experience in executive roles within automotive engineering and motor racing.

  • Mark Bergin – Wired

Mark is Commercial Art Director and has worked at WIRED for four years. He deals with a variety of brands, creating promotional material for the print, tablet and mobile editions. He also oversees the overall appearance of WIRED's events and marketing material. Before joining Condé Nast he was the art director of RIBA Journal, the magazine of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

  • Jaume Sallares – FIA Formula E

Jaume currently oversees all aspects of the global marketing of the new FIA Formula E championship. He began his career in sponsorship and events at Telefonica before joining Harley-Davidson. He spent nearly three years at the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer before founding his own specialist communications agency. In 2010, he joined Sauber F1, the Swiss Formula One team, to manage racing driver Sergio Perez. In June 2012, he became the first CMO at Formula E Holdings. Jaume is a highly experienced marketer, who has worked with some of the most inspiring and dynamic brands in the motor sport and automotive industries.

Further details on the Blue Sky Transportation Design Award can be found at www.blueskyaward.com 

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