The environment of global competition that characterizes our age requires high value-added products rooted in advanced technology and innovation. There is now an entirely new ecosystem around the automotive industry induced by mobility, an indispensable byproduct of the ever-growing process of digitalization. Things we are capable of doing on the move started to change and various alternative vehicles are emerging in line with that.
In this context, the agenda of the world’s automotive industry is now being dominated by electrical, connected, autonomous and shared vehicles. The new system brings about changes such as a reduction in accidents and congestion, as well as in energy and transportation costs, and the obliteration of parking spaces thanks to multi-modal transportation. Half of the overheads of this system, where big data is imperative, is expected to arise from software and electronics by 2030.
As players in the Turkish automotive industry, we believe we must play a leading role in this system. We believe that the Turkish automotive sector, which has been the export champion for 13 years in a row breaking an all-time record with exports valued at USD 31.6 billion in 2018, must take its deserved place at the top of this global arena. We expect the young people to be at the center of these developments in the world, even leading them, rather than following from behind.
In line with its vision to crown Turkey’s manufacturing success by turning the country into an R&D Innovation and Design Hub, OİB organizes breakthrough events as the sole coordinating union of the Turkish automotive industry exporters.
The “Turkish Automotive Sector R&D Project Market and Component Design Competition” we have been organizing each year since 2012 with the support of the Ministry of Trade and in coordination with the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly reflects this understanding and has become an event that presents creative ideas to the industry to garner greater power in global competition. This year the competition is taken to a whole new level and will be organized under the name of “THE FUTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN COMPETITION” on May 9-10 at Sabancı University.
“The Future of Automotive Design Competition” where innovative ideas, designs and projects will be on display, holds a major significance as it presents an opportunity to showcase the most creative ideas of a wide range of participants from sector professionals and researchers to academicians, students and automotive lovers above the age of 18.
The competition focuses on general design, in other words, on visual vehicle design, automotive industry components (parts and equipment) and technical design from a holistic perspective. Parts, batteries, cells and all electronic and mechanical components designed to provide optimum safety for the driver and pedestrians, renewable energy and other environmentally-friendly approaches meet ergonomics, security, and energy to generate original, innovative and commercializable projects to be eligible to enter the competition.
The Future of Automotive Design Competition which is poised to become a brand in the international arena with a richer content each year, will also provide an opportunity to discuss with our stakeholders how technology, and the mobility that comes with it, reflect on the automotive sector, and the rapid advancements and innovations in the sector caused by digitalization at panels and conferences hosting prominent speakers from around the world.
In the competition, which encourages automotive lovers to translate their dreams into reality, we expect participants to present to us original, innovative and commercializable projects that will contribute to building value-added capabilities of the sector. Following an assessment by the leading sector professionals, designers and academicians, award-winning projects and projects selected for display, will be exhibited for visitors during the course of the event.
Seeking to foster a culture of R&D and design integrated with technology in our country, boost value-added in manufacturing and exports through the use of new technologies, raise new designers, encourage commercializable projects, and strengthen university-industry cooperation in line with Turkey’s 2023 Export Strategy, the competition will be open to applications until March 29, 2019.
This year’s participants of The Future of Automotive Design Competition will receive an award totaling TRY 250,000: the first prize will be TRY 70,000, second prize TRY 60,000, third prize TRY 50,000, fourth prize TRY 40,000, and fifth prize TRY 30,000.
We call on everyone to share in the synergy among the automotive companies, technology companies, startups, angel investors, technocities, universities and the end users who share the same vision: to Turkey into a leading country shaping the future of automotive.
About our activities to date:
We awarded cash prizes totaling TRY 1,199,000 over the course of seven successful years of this event. Last year the number of projects submitted for competition was 3,634 and the number of participants reached 9,168.
As a result of the competitions we organized between 2012 and 2016 ten project owners won two-year scholarships abroad in line with the Design communique No. 2 of 2008, and with the support of the Ministry of Trade. These 10 winners seized the opportunity to study abroad on design scholarships at Instituto Europeo di Design (Florence/Italy), Domus Academy (Milan/Italy), Politecnico di Milano (Milan/ Italy), IED Istituto Europeo di Design S.p.a (Torino/Italy) and Swinburne University of Technology (Sydney/Australia).
At the 7th R&D Project Market and Component Design Competition, the latest of which was organized on March 22-23, 2018 at Özyeğin University, entrepreneurial projects were awarded TRY 210,000. The winners also won scholarships abroad and an opportunity to further develop their projects at the ITU Çekirdek Early Stage Incubation Center.
So far, 6 innovative projects found funding through our events and achieved industrial application. The entrepreneurial projects supported by OİB received TRY 8 million funding over the course of 3 years. These companies are now valued at TRY 86 million. OİB-supported enterprises announced TRY 3 million in revenues, creating 135 jobs.
In addition to cash prizes, OİB has been working in cooperation with ITU ARI Teknokent for the past 3 years with a view to translate projects and ideas into industrial products thereby contributing to industry.
Within this framework, we support the furthering of award-winning projects at the ITU Çekirdek Early Stage Incubation Center. We have covered a considerable distance in the development of projects to become industry-grade and will continue to do so thanks to the above-mentioned cooperation.
At the ITU Çekirdek Program, winners gain an opportunity to enroll in MBA programs and tap into the university-industry cooperation network besides developing their projects. Entrepreneurs enjoy many opportunities on the road to industrial application of their projects, such as consultancy, prototyping, laboratories and meetings with industry. Thanks to OİB, entrepreneurs gain the privilege of tapping into the experience of automotive industry and its vast network.
Bringing entrepreneurs and investors together at the Big Bang final event, ITU Çekirdek metes out rewards to entrepreneurs changing the face of the Turkish automotive sector. Enterprises built by groups of entrepreneurs following their achievement at the Big Bang event continue to hone their entrepreneurial talents and opportunities for a year. This year again, we awarded a total of TRY 300,000 to automotive entrepreneurs at the Big Bang event. In conclusion, through our cooperation with ITU Çekirdek we are enabling successful startups and supporting entrepreneurs on their journey from an idea/project to industrial application.