The annual International Bicycle Design Competition – sponsored by the Department of Industrial Technology of MOEA, Republic of China, and organized by the Taiwan Bicycle Industry R&D Center – was started in 1996, when only domestic designers participated.
Endorsed by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design since 1999, the IBDC provides an opportunity for bicycle designers, manufacturers and spoke-sniffers worldwide to create some truly wacky designs. Many are nothing new, some are too revolutionary to even contemplate making, most are plain daft. But some have potential.
This year the IBDC attracted 1180 registrations from 58 countries
The first round of judging has now taken place and twenty-four plans were selected. The evaluation jury was comprised of seven jurors, from the United States, Italy, France and Taiwan.
Chairman of the Evaluation Jury:
Jan-Nan Chen (Taiwan，Chairman of the CIDA
John S. Allen (USA，Nominated by Jay Townley & Associates, LLC)
Wen-Long Chen (Taiwan，General Manager, NOVA Design)
Nai-Wen Kiang (USA，Nominated by the Taiwan Bicycle Exporter’s Association)
Pao-Pao Liu (Taiwan，General Director of the Taiwan Bicycle Industry R&D Center)
Alberto Meda (Italy，Nominated by the CIDA)
Patrick Streff (France，Nominated by the Taiwan Bicycle Industry R&D Center)
Here are the names of the 24 short-listed entries:
m4M-minimal for maximum
Free size bike
GROW WITH ME BIKETRIKE
CHILDREN FIT DRUM
Those entries will be made into 1/3-scale models to go into the Final Evaluation, which will be held next January.
BikeBiz.co.uk will attempt to get some pix of these entries.