Who is the owner of my idea?
As a participant in a Challenge, you will retain intellectual property ownership of all your Challenge submission ideas. There is no transfer of intellectual property rights to any third party as a condition of participating in the Challenge. Our aim is to create a win-win for all parties, all should benefit from the profit of a challenge.
What happens if my concept is not winning?
Even if your concept is not one of the winners, it is still possible to negotiate with the industrial partners on a further processing. Contact the TRASH2TREASURE team, we are happy to arrange further discussion. In the same way, it can happen that the industrial partner comes at you once more, if your idea - or parts of it - has convinced them.
I am winner – what will happen next?
Congratulation! We will now decide together how to proceed. Is your idea promoted as an art or should it go into production as a design object? Who will take which role in the future? As we at TRASH2TREASURE always have new constellations in the challenges, there is no prescribed way. We will choose the one that is the best for all involved parties and that meets the concept and the idea best.
What are TRASH2TREASURE designs made out of?
This varies widely and depends on the materials that the industry partners provide for challenges. TRASH2TREASURE always make sure that the material is not dangerous or offensive.
Where do the scraps come from?
Above all, we ask about industrial waste, because it is usually present in large quantities and thus also has the potential to be reused in greater quantities. In addition, it would surprise many, which high quality standard many materials have and how it can be a pity, therefore, not to use these great recyclables. The idea behind TRASH2TREASURE is that we have long-term relationships with our industrial partners (at least one year) and therefore know our partners and their materials. Each material is checked in advance by our Quality Management to minimize surprises.
Is there a minimum amount of scraps the new designs need to contain?
The background of TRASH2TREASURE is to use high-quality material = valuable material and to bring it to a new and better life. But sometimes a concept does not give the ability to build all the components out of materials that already had a first life. Then it is the art of combining old and new. But we wish that this only happens if there is no other possibility. Our curators will make sure that a concept at least 50% upcycling exists.
What kind of/How much of an impact are t2t designs making?
We are at the beginning with TRASH2TREASURE. But we believe, also through the great feedback so far, that we can actually make a difference. TRASH2TREASURE differentiates itself through the approach of combining design and industry, but we also wish all other concepts to be successful, because together they will make us rethink and transact. Wecan win the biggest battles in the smallest moment.
Who can participate in the challenges?
Invited are all those who want to change things with their creative power and believe that garbage is only valuable material in the wrong place. The better and more innovative the concepts, the greater the chance of implementation.
How can I sign up for a challenge?
This is super-easy: pick out one of the challenges, describe the idea and the concept and briefly visualize if possible. And then upload to the platform. TRASH2TREASURE collects the ideas and then presents them to a board of trustees for designers and design experts.
I am a design student, can I also sign up for a challenge?
Of course. We look forward to your input!