New York City—it offers everything at your fingertips. But like many metropolitan areas across the globe, those opportunities are also making our world smaller. Increasing urbanization and population growth are bringing us closer together—literally. The home size is decreasing while rent and mortgages are increasing. Even so, that modest space shouldn’t equate to a reduction in functionality, living standards or a reflection of personal style.
Welcome to the “BigApps” Micro-Kitchen Challenge, presented by the NYC Economic Development Council and General Electric's FirstBuild Community. This is your opportunity to impact the way people live, by being part of the design and engineering of this breakthrough appliance. How do you incorporate function and design into a fully functioning 7 linear foot kitchen that fits a metropolitan lifestyle?
Your idea is only the beginning—and this competition isn’t the end. For winners, we want your help further developing your concept—to build a prototype of your design with us, get it into the hands of consumers, and potentially produce it for the tens of thousands of homes across the globe. Winners will receive not just a cash prize, but if the product is successful, your design will be solving the space and functionality battle that challenge urban dwellers across the globe.
The Micro-Kitchen: Big Ideas for Small Spaces
Your Kitchen Mission: Design a functional micro-kitchen. Assume you are given a 7ft x 25in space. What would your design look like? What features? What clever and creative solutions can you come up with?
The Impact: Making the best of a small space isn’t a problem unique to NYC. A micro-kitchen gives urban dwellers an opportunity to optimize space in a savvy way. In partnership, we want to take your designs from mind to market—meaning your design could end up in homes across the globe!
Top 4 Winners will be announced: July 14th, 2014
Optional 3D files (.igs, .step/.stp, or .skp) submitted in 1 assembly with all parts included
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