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Open call for projects and ideas that drive the circular economy forward!

Open call for projects and ideas that drive the circular economy forward!

Call for entry

The crQlr Awards are a global movement to celebrate initiatives in the circular economy.

Overview

The Global Award that Designs Circular Economy
crQlr Awards 2022

How can we transform our current economic system into a circular one? We believe that the power of design can make this transition possible.

Circular design, which is indispensable for making a truly sustainable economy a reality, requires not only practical know-how in the existing industries, but also broadening one’s horizons through exposure to local and global projects, as well as harnessing the creativity of entrepreneurs, artists, and experts in a wide range of fields. As a means to accomplish this goal, we present the crQlr Awards.

The crQlr Awards will connect the international creators and professionals currently designing the future with a jury of sustainability leaders in order to support the collective creation of the blueprints of a new world.

We welcome projects and ideas from all the creators who share the crQlr vision!

Judges

Noriko Ishizaka

Noriko Ishizaka

President of Ishizaka Inc.

Mitchell van Dooijeweerd

Mitchell van Dooijeweerd

Sustainability Manager of DGTL Festival / Revolution Foundation

Yeliz Mert

Yeliz Mert

Knowledge Sharing Coordinator at Global Landscapes Forum

Amorpol Huvanandana

Amorpol Huvanandana

Co-founder of Moreloop

Richie Lin

Richie Lin

Founder & CEO at MUME Hospitality Group, Head Chef of MUME

Lingchih Yang

Lingchih Yang

FabCafe Toulouse Co-founder

Jérémie Bellot

Jérémie Bellot

Architect / Digital artist and founder of AV Extended / Owner and Creative Director of Château de Beaugency

Atsuko Ogawa

Atsuko Ogawa

Loftwork Kyoto Art Director

Kotaro Iwaoka

Kotaro Iwaoka

Hidakuma CEO

Kousuke Kinoshita

Kousuke Kinoshita

FabCafe Kyoto MTRL Marketing and Production

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Noriko Ishizaka

Noriko Ishizaka

President of Ishizaka Inc.

Born in Tokyo in 1972. In 1992 she joined Ishizaka Inc. founded by her father. When the media reported that crops near Tokorozawa City in Saitama Prefecture had been contaminated with dioxin, Ms. Ishizaka approached her father about taking over from him, saying: “I will change the company.” She became president in 2002 with the aim of establishing a company where employees would want their own children to work. Leveraging female sensibility and innovative intelligence, Ms. Ishizaka transformed the industrial waste management system based on an approach of “visualization, the five senses, and ISO.” Ms. Ishizaka has received numerous awards, including the Nikkei Woman of the Year Award in the Passionate Business Leader category, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun’s “35th Special Award” and “Excellent in Business Award,” Zaikai magazine’s “2018 Management Award” and the “Social Innovation Award” as part of AVON Awards to Women 2018. She is a member of the 2017 Expert Committee on the Promotion of Environmental Education (Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) and serves as a director of the Saitama Environmental Industry Promotion Association.

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Mitchell van Dooijeweerd

Mitchell van Dooijeweerd

Sustainability Manager of DGTL Festival / Revolution Foundation

Mitchell Van Dooijeweerd is the Sustainability Manager at the Revolution Foundation, creator of sustainable and circular systems implemented at events worldwide, such as DGTL Festival. With DGTL Festival, they have won a prize: The most sustainable festival in the world! The vision of the Revolution Foundation is to turn festivals into living-labs for circular innovation in urban environments. With this mindset he was able to close the loop for multiple systems in collaboration with the government, municipality and innovators. Next to that, Mitchell is co-creator of the Material & Carbon Flow Analysis tool ‘Flux’. Mitchell is an expert in explaining complex ideas in an easy way, and bases his decisions on data.

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Yeliz Mert

Yeliz Mert

Knowledge Sharing Coordinator at Global Landscapes Forum

Yeliz is a social designer and catalyst experienced in social innovation, entrepreneurship, community action and ecosystem building. She holds 10+ years of accumulated knowledge in the areas of regenerative agriculture, circular economy, climate action and diversity & inclusion. Currently, she serves as Knowledge Sharing Coordinator at Global Landscapes Forum, where she uses digital space to enhance landscape restoration efforts worldwide, and to create pathways to turn knowledge sharing into action on the ground. Previously at B Lab Europe, she was responsible for network management, strategy, and climate initiatives. She also worked at Impact Hub Amsterdam as a Community Catalyst, and started a business in natural skincare. Yeliz holds a joint master's degree in Sustainable Development, and a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering. Overall, Yeliz is a strong believer in the power of collaboration for a positive future.

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Amorpol Huvanandana

Amorpol Huvanandana

Co-founder of Moreloop

Amorpol Huvanandana is the Co-founder of moreloop.ws, a curated online database of surplus high quality fabrics. moreloop provides a one-stop service for customers, fashion labels, and corporations alike to breathe new life into upcycled fabrics. Over 50 brands have started and sustainably sourced their business through obtaining high-quality fabrics at reasonable prices with moreloop. Since 2018, moreloop has upcycled 40 tons of fabric, preventing over 630 tons of CO2 emissions. Amorpol is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Sustainability under the Thai Startup Association and co-founded a Series A fresh ingredient marketplace startup. While starting moreloop, Amorpol leveraged his 15 year experience in the financial industry to lead a research team aimed at tackling Thailand’s PET and aluminium material flow under GA circular, a circular economy consultancy firm based in Singapore. Currently, Amorpol is a subcommittee member for the Thai circular economy strategic fund under the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation.

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Richie Lin

Richie Lin

Founder & CEO at MUME Hospitality Group, Head Chef of MUME

Hong Kong born Chef Richie Lin started his career working under Executive Chef Peter Gilmore alongside Chef Kai Ward at Quay restaurant in Sydney, Australia. Following a difficult but educational opening in HK, Richie decided to make his own dream a reality. Richie brought both chefs Kai and Long onboard by introducing them to the abundant, untapped and underrated local resources of Taiwan, which could become transformed through modern European cooking techniques. Richie opened his first restaurant MUME in Taipei in 2014. MUME is committed to supporting the local food supply chain, constantly working with small, local sustainable farmers, fishermen and food producers to develop and discover unique elements in Taiwan that may even be unknown to many local Taiwanese. The menu constantly evolves to reflect on Taiwanese highest quality ingredients, transformed through innovative cooking techniques In 2019, MUME was awarded the BEST Restaurant in Taiwan and ranked number 7 by the prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Award. MUME also won the 2022 Sustainable Restaurant Award in this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

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Lingchih Yang

Lingchih Yang

FabCafe Toulouse Co-founder

Lingchih is the Co-founder of Artilect, which created the first FabLab in France in 2009, and the Co-founder of FabCafe Toulouse. The core value of Artilect is to democratize digital fabrication, empowering people to turn their ideas into reality. From 2015 to 2017 and again in 2019, Artilect organized a 4-day European-scale festival, the FabLab Festival. In summer 2018, Artilect hosted the 14th edition of FabLab International Conference, Fab14, and is a member of the Fab City Project. In 2015, Artilect joined the FabCafe global network which was a merveilleux step to achieve higher dynamism and creativity. Now, Artilect and FabCafe Toulouse are working on the 15 Global Challenges and are looking for new ideas that can improve the problems of today and create a better future.

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Jérémie Bellot

Jérémie Bellot

Architect / Digital artist and founder of AV Extended / Owner and Creative Director of Château de Beaugency

Jérémie Bellot is a french Architect and digital artist, co-founder of the SAS AV Extended in 2014, specializing in architectural projection mapping and light installations, Jérémie Bellot is the artistic director of the company and works with Anne Sophie Acomat within Studio DAAO on the development of micro-architecture and furniture design. In 2016, he opened the second FabCafe in France, FabCafe Strasbourg. Since 2018, he has created scenography and projection mapping content for Monumental Tour with his friend Michael Canitrot. In 2019, he founded the “Ateliers Eclairés”, Makerspace in Strasbourg and is president of the association; the same year, he became curator for the festival Constellations in Metz. In 2020, he co-founded the project “Château de Beaugency, Digital Art Center” and continues to ensure its programming and artistic direction.

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Atsuko Ogawa

Atsuko Ogawa

Loftwork Kyoto Art Director

Atsuko Ogawa joinined Loftwork in 2020 and is the Project Manager of the Tokai Circular Economy Project, an initiative co-organized by the Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and the Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank.Tokai Circular aims to strengthen the circular economy system in the Tokai region. Atsuko has worked in Japanese department stores, and was engaged in planning and public relations at a lifestyle goods manufacturer. Later on, she participated in the establishment of the public relations department at a general real estate company, where she provided comprehensive design and managment direction.

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Kotaro Iwaoka

Kotaro Iwaoka

Hidakuma CEO

Kotaro Iwaoka is the CEO of Hidakuma. In 2011, Kotaro joined the creative company Loftwork, Inc. with the idea of creating the world's first cafe equipped with digital fabrication machines, "FabCafe". In 2012, he opened the first FabCafe in Tokyo, where he worked as the Creative and Operations Director. In 2015, Kotaro contributed to the launch of Hida no Mori de Kuma ga Odoru ("Hidakuma"), a project aimed at promoting the woods and craftsmanship of Hida, Japan. In 2016 helped open FabCafe Hida and has served as the CEO of Hidakuma since 2019.

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Kousuke Kinoshita

Kousuke Kinoshita

FabCafe Kyoto MTRL Marketing and Production

Kousuke Kinoshita has been the Manager of FabCafe MTRL Kyoto since it's open in 2017. MTRL ("Material") supports material co-creation and innovation at manufacturing companies while FabCafe Kyoto is a technology and innovation-centered place for gatering a diverse community of creators, researchers, and companies. Through the management of online/offline workshops and the production of exhibition projects, Kousuke aims to create a place where chemical reactions occur and implement a contextual design that connects things and concepts from diverse fields.

What we want

Material

New and upcycled materials and processing technologies that disrupt the linear economy. Thoughtful products and services that make use of innovative materials. Activities which utilize sustainable materials in a clever way.

New design & application

Creative projects (products, apps, experience design, DX, services, educational programs, etc.) that provide new value in support of a circular economy. Designs which make us think, “This design should have been here all along!” or “This application makes it easy to be sustainable” are very welcome.

Impact

Projects with measurable and immeasurable impact. From city-scale initiatives to awe-inspiring works of art. Works that give us hope while impacting society, education, economy, and manufacturing industries.

Pledge

Cities and companies that have developed ESG and are committed to changing the way they do business with measurable, sustainable goals.

Summary

Submission period

Thu, Sep 1st, 2022(12:00 JST) – Oct 14, 2022(12:00 JST)

Entrants

Anyone can apply regardless of nationality, age, or gender. Entry is open to the public and can include individuals, groups, municipalities, startups and/or established companies. Working professionals as well as students are welcome to apply.

Cost of entry

Free

How to enter

  • STEP 1 … Registration on the AWRD platform. (free of charge)
  • STEP 2 … Checking application requirements.
  • STEP 3 … Filling out the entry form and submitting the application.

About Entries

  • Images of the project or idea (4 images) *Required
  • Title *Required
  • Description of the submitted project *Required
  • Other questionary

Please click here for the detailed application outline.

Prize

  • Jury prizes … Each 10 judges will award a unique prize name and individual comment to the 5 winning entries chosen from their own vision and areas of expertise.
  • Special prize … Five judges from FabCafe Global will select three entries among the projects and ideas aimed at solving a local community issue, regardless of category or community size. All entries will automatically be considered for the Special Prize and the winners will receive personal comments from the judges.

Merits

  • Receive individual comments from crQlr Judges, including leading experts in sustainability. These comments will be posted on Loftwork and FabCafe promotional materials. (These comments will be considered as Creative Commons).
  • Winners will receive “crQlr Certification” kits to support and promote your circular economy initiatives.
  • Promotion on the FabCafe, Loftwork websites and social media as well as media sponsor communication channels such as IDEAS FOR GOOD and Circular Economy Hub.
  • Potential to be invited to the crQlr Summit (online or offline) to present projects, take part in open discussion sessions and receive live feedback from judges.
  • Potential to brush up business plans and services, business matching.

Schedule

crQlr Awards schedule
crQlr Awards schedule

Call for entry

Call for entry

AWRD.com is an online platform for launching design challenges. with 30,000 creative users, the platform will host the crQlr Awards.

The awards are open to both large-scale projects and planned ideas for the realization of the circular economy. The judges will be 19 guests of various nationalities, professions and roles.

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