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About Dangerous Designs and FAQs

Dangerous Designs is an online design competition, sponsored by WoodSolutions and supported by professional associations, industry bodies, universities and tertiary institutions.

Who can enter?

Anyone in Australia! The Student category is for full-time or part-time students at university, TAFE, college or school. The Open category is for everyone else.

What are the prizes?

Every second month there will be a $500 Prize awarded to the best submission for the preceding two months in each of the Student and Open sections. If a minimum of 20 entries across both entry sections (Student and Open) has not been received during the two monthly period, no prizes will be awarded and the entries will be included in the next two monthly period.

The Annual Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the judges' selection from the minor prize-winning entries submitted during the year.

The People’s Choice Sur(prize)

All entries will be published on the Dangerous Designs Facebook and Instagram pages, and a ‘People’s Choice’ prize will be awarded based on a submission's popularity, measured by ‘likes’.

The People’s Choice prize will include return airfares and tickets for two or three people (if the winning entry was submitted by three team members) to the 2018 Australian Timber Design Awards (ATDA), two nights' accommodation and a $400 meal allowance. Prize details are subject to change and availability.

The People’s Choice prize is not transferrable. If the winner is unable to attend the ATDA on the stipulated dates, they will forfeit the prize and it will be awarded to the runner-up entry. This, and subsequent winners, will be subject to the same attendance provisions.

In the result of a tie, the winner will be determined by the time and date of submission, with the earliest entry winning.

Who will judge Dangerous Designs?

Dangerous Designs will be judged by judges appointed by WoodSolutions and Dangerous Designs Supporters. Members of the judging panel may change, at the discretion of WoodSolutions.

Entries for each period will close at midnight AEST on the last day of the second month. The judges’ results will be published on the first day of the second following month. All entries will be published on the Dangerous Designs website and Facebook and Instagram pages and entrants will be notified on the results via email.

Entries will be rated on the following criteria:

  • Originality/Interestingness
  • Use of wood and wood products
  • Relevance (usefulness and/or desirability, value and commercial potential)
  • Design (elegance, craft of design)
  • Sustainability (recyclability, carbon footprint, energy replacement etc.)

Each criterion carries a maximum of 20 points, so the maximum score is 100. In the result of a tie, the entry submitted and received by Dangerous Designs first, wins. After judging no further correspondence entered into.

Judges, at their sole discretion, may move an entry to another category if they feel it is better suited.

Who owns the IP of the design? You do.

Dangerous Designs entrants retain ownership of any intellectual property associated with their design.

Notwithstanding, WoodSolutions reserves the right to use any material submitted as part of any entry for promotional purposes.

What about commercialisation?

Dangerous Designs will be promoted to the design, manufacturing and commercial sectors as part of the overall WoodSolutions program. Any subsequent discussions and commercial agreements will be solely between the design owner/s and the commercialising entity. Apart from acting as a contact, WoodSolutions will play no role in this process, but retains the right to use successful stories to promote Dangerous Designs.

Who are WoodSolutions?

WoodSolutions, an independent source of generic information about designing and building with wood and wood products. The WoodSolutions program comprises a range of activities including; a website,, technical presentations, technical publications, seminars etc.

WoodSolutions is aimed at specifiers (people who influence the specification of construction materials in the built and living environments and students studying for those roles), and resourced by the Australian forest and wood products industry body (Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited – and the Australian Government.

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