Durex's "Air Sex" campaign
So you've heard about Air Guitar competitions, where zany people pretend to be guitar heroes jumping around in tight pants, with a pretend guitar in their hands? Well Durex have jumped on this strange phenomenon (I never quite got it...) in the name of safe sex with their Air Sex competition
running in the month of November in France. The competition is based on the notion that 'those situations that appear the least risky could hold the most risk... ' hence the Air Sex. The competition encourages young people to submit video's of their personal rendition of Air Sex, with condom
. The public are invited to submit their votes for their favourite Air Sex video, for each vote submitted, one durex condom is given to a charity. The winning video will be broadcast on television, on World Aids day in France. Great initiative around a subject that does not get enough airplay.
SA Tourism talks to YouTube Users
I've been teaching in a high school in Europe for a few months now, I was recently asked by a colleague to come in and speak to her class about tourism in South Africa. The idea is that the students would be inspired by my talk and then create their own projects as imaginary visitors to the country, each describing their journey. It's not far off from South African Tourism's
recently launched initiative that invites YouTube (and others) users to put together an advert for the country, expressing their 'craziest' impressions of the place. This should make for a fun project, as some of the questions I get asked about South Africa reveal just how blurry and mysterious our continent and people are to the rest of the world. The video's are then posted on their YouTube channel for the next three months and the ones that get the most hits win an all-expenses paid holiday to South Africa. Nice thinking SATourism, exposing the cliches and stereotypes of our country (wonder if anyone will make a video not staring a lion, hungry looking kids or thorntrees) while trying out a great experiment in talking directly to your audience through social media. Read all about the competition here on TravelWires
, see the YouTube channel here
or simply enter here
. We invite you to get creative and inspire you with our photo from DVDMerwe
of 'Ronnie's Sex Shop
' on Route 62 in the Cape.
SAATCHI kicks off the SHOWDOWN
The Saatchi online gallery
has initiated an innovative democratic art appreciation project online, where signed-up members of their virtual gallery can submit their artwork for a weekly 'public voting' competition. The public are invited to appraise the uploaded artworks and choose those that they love the most by rating their aesthetic appeal from 1 to 10. At the end of each voting week, the two artworks with the highest votes are announced - the public then get another week to vote for the winner of the two most popular pieces. A total of 12 rounds will roll out over the next few months, soliciting 12 overall finalists, until the big bad final Showdown when the most popular of the 12 will be voted for, again, by the public. Our only criticism is the prize money, a paltry 1000 pounds for the winner and 750 for the runner up. We've seen bigger prizes given out at a country fair. Come on Saatchi, surely all the effort, promotion and click traffic is worth a lot more than that? We challenge you! Read more about the initiative from Saatchi online below:
Finalists of the Electrolux Design Lab 08 announced
The Electrolux Design Lab competition
08 is down to the wire (we announced
the call to entry in March already, my how time flies), with 9 fabulous inventions competing for the grand prize, to be announced on the 9th October 08 in Zurich. This global design competition challenges industrial design students to develop the appliances of the future. This year's theme was appliances for the i-generation that is three to five years out. Our top three have to be the gorgeous and ingenious 'stackable fridge', the 'rollaway cooking table' and the 'Drawer Kitchen: the desk-drawer hotplate and fridge', in that order. See the DL08 designs here
and meet the finalists here
. We look forward to finding out about the lucky number one winner that takes it all.
Place your bets on the future
Whilst reading up some background info on KK
(see below) we were directed to Long Bets, basically an online portal where members of the public are invited to place their bets or predictions about our future or... on the future. A few hard rules: one, betters have to use their real name, two, a bet cannot be changed and three, all winnings become philanthropic gifts:The Long Bets site is ..an arena for competitive, accountable predictions (Long Bets)...a forum for focused discussion and debate about prediction...an attractive tool for philanthropic giving...a way to foster better long-term thinking.
Loerie Awards 2008 Saturday winners announced
We're just imagining the heavy heads and hearts this morning as a night of partying no doubt continues for some on Margate beachfront and ends for others as they rush to catch their flights back to their beds to recover... Here's the announcement of this years winners! The 2008 Loerie Awards Festival Weekend kicked off on 26 July with the Saturday night awards ceremony, hosted by Media24.
Japan Calling. Arty souls take note.
We are very curious about Japan and have been for yonks. Our obsession was fed by the time we spent in Tokyo last year just soaking everything up... now we just want to go back. Anyway, one of our favourite
creative arts Japanese magazines, SHIFT
has asked us to share some of their current 'Call to Entries' for a
bunch of Japanese-based competitions including digital film, art,
t-shirt design and calender design. They really really want a global audience and particularly an African audience to represent, offering up fantastic prizes - so make sure you get amongst and
check out the deadlines. Read all about it below:
- UT GRAND PRIX 2009
- AMUSE ARTJAM 2008
- 12TH JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL
- DOTMOV FESTIVAL 2008
- SHIFT 2009 CALENDAR COMPETITION
No Future (Without) 100 ideas
Power to the people! By now you've gathered our focus is on Belgium for a while. A quick French lesson in homophones and a bit of History before we explain this superb social project "No future without 100 ideas": 100 in French is CENT, the word 'Without' is SANS - both of them are pronouned in the same way kind of like SARN with a nearly silent R and soft N. Belgium is made up of 3 ethnic/linguistic areas - Flandres, made up of Flemish speakers (similar to Afrikaans), Wallonie, which is full of French-speaking citizens, Brussels, which is both languages and the centre of the European union, so very diverse with a lot of business in English, and then in the far West of the country is a little Germanic area which tags onto Wallonie.The country is tiny. The population is just over 10 million. Peanuts. And yet, the people are divided. Simply put, some people (and politicians!) want Belgium to split and for the French half to go to France, the Flemish part to the Netherlands and for Brussels to become it's own state like Luxembourg. Many people are devastated by this thought and
Is your green idea worth R5,859,055.53?
Have you got an idea
for a greenhouse-gas-reducing product or service? Are you
interested in using your creativity to help with the current global
crises? Enter the PICNIC Green Challenge
win over R5 million to develope your bright idea. It’s a global crisis
and a global competition, so scientists, engineers, superminds, enter!
“The world must embrace a new, greener lifestyle. One bright idea can
make a big difference. To encourage and aid the invention of great new
green products and services, the Dutch Postcode Lottery and PICNIC
present the PICNIC Green Challenge 2008.”
We call on you to dream up a greenhouse-gas-reducing product or service. Send us your idea by 31 July. Watch the competition video below for more information.
Loerie Award Deadline Extended
STRUGGLING TO MEET THE LOERIE
DEADLINE? GOOD NEWS!
The submission deadline for The Loerie Awards has been extended to 31 May 2008.
With the 16 May deadline for submissions for The Loerie Awards looming close, the good news is that you’ve been granted a little breathing room.
The deadline has been extended to 31 May 2008, however all entries after the 16th of May will incur a late fee of 5%.
31 May is the final deadline for submissions, and there will be no further extensions after that.
All entry information is available on www.theloerieawards.co.za
Dorito's UK invites fans to make next advert
We're loving the black bags of Dorito's - possibly a little too much. It's not that original an idea, but the prize is worth over R300 000 once you convert 20 000 quid into rands. A quick squiz of the rules doesn't show anything that says "UK residents only" although we're not great with smallprint. Our experience of website competitions is that the entries are often mediocre with a few that stand out, so come on South Africans, get amongst and make a Dorito's commercial! Your ad can be shot on whatever you like, but it must be EXACTLY 29 seconds and you need to upload it onto the site by the 28 April. The website lets you download product shots and music to go with your ad and there's great weekly prizes up for grab.
Join the facebook group here
and fly to the website here
SA Fashion to Triumph in Beijing
We think Triumph are up to speed with trends in creative marketing and advocacy: A juicy global competition supporting and exposing South African talent, supported by a blog
. Only criticism, the blog could look a lot better and represent the innate concept of good design. Otherwise they have their viral marketing down.
Triumph, one of the world’s leading lingerie brands, has launched a global design competition, the Triumph Inspiration Award, as part of its commitment to supporting emerging design talent.
Call For Entry: Loeries 2008
We're reminding you to start thinking about what work you'll be submitting to the 2008 Loerie Awards
. Don't leave it to the last minute, presentation of your entries is imperative, so start thinking about how you will bring your creative brilliance to life for the judges.
Why do we want to win awards so badly? Is it the glory in hearing your name called over a massive PA system? Is it the glare of the spotlight when you climb on stage? Perhaps it's the applause, the countless free drinks, the satisfaction of seeing your worst enemy congratulate you? Or is it just the feel of cold steel against your skin?
Call For Entry: Electrolux Design Lab
If you're a visionary thinker aged between 25 and 35 years of age, concerned about the environment and technologically conscious, get your creative juices flowing and enter your ideas around food storage, cooking and/or washing for this years Electrolux Design Lab 2008
Prizes are about R75k plus an internship at one of Electrolux's design centres. Entries close 30 May - get drawing and enter online!
Make Radiohead's next music video!
gave you their album for free, now, they invite all animators and film makers to enter their ideas for a music video for "In Rainbows" :
It's the perfect match between revolutionary music and the mind blowing
possibilities of animation. The *In Rainbows Music Video Contest*
judged by Radiohead is here
. Submit your storyboard or video clip until
Feel the music. Make the video.
Call for Entry: Africa in Motion
The Africa in Motion
Festival (AiM), which takes place annually in October at Edinburgh Filmhouse, is officially inviting African filmmakers to submit short films for a new AiM competition. In order to target the competition specifically towards young and emerging African talent, filmmakers who enter a film for consideration must not have completed a feature-length film previously. Films entered must have been completed in 2005 or after, and must be no longer than 30 minutes.
Call for Entry: Far Far Away
T-shirt design competitions are happening all over the globe - here's one from Cape Town: Far Far Away
is a collaboration between fashion label Mingo Lamberti
, sublime design bookshop Biblioteq
and our favourite coffee shop Vida
The challenge is to Design mingo lamberti’s 3rd range of limited t’s - enter by 31st March 08.
Make your Pothole Famous
The design is fairly tacky however the tongue-in-cheek concept shows a pleasant change from the usual whinge tactics associated with the Democratic Alliance
and most politicians. Now we just have to ask if it's for real.
JOBURG’S MONSTER POTHOLE CONTEST
Is there a pothole out on some Joburg street that’s really bugging you? Every time you pass it, dodge it, or ride over it, does your blood boil?Has it been there without being fixed for ages?
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR POTHOLE FAMOUSIn the DA’s JOBURG’S MONSTER POTHOLE CONTEST!
Call for entry: T-shirt design for Kenya
is an ethical clothing brand based in Kenya. In an attempt to help with the current crisis they are running a few projects including a fashion show recently held in Nairobi which raised over KSH 200 000 for displaced women and children. They are now running a competition to design a T-shirt that will be sold in TOPSHOP and various other stores worldwide. 50% of all profits are to go to the displaced women and children in Kenya. See the brief below and email Alice for more information: alice [at] lalesso.com