Wired Japan – Creative Hack Award 2015

September 1, 2015
by Tim Rabjohns


“Things are easy when you’re big in Japan”  – at least this was the opinion of 1980s popstrels Alphaville – and ever since it has become the aspiration of many a tech and graphics firm.
Well now you can have your chance – The Creative Hack Award 2015, presented by Wired Japan is open for applications and looking for cutting edge ideas, visual work and product design which challenge the status quo. The video above is the 2014 winner in the movie category: Nichroid by Seiichiro Shimizu

Done in cooperation with the British Council, the theme for this year’s award is Hack “Stereotypes”.  They are keen to get more UK involvement in this international competition.  The awards are for all creative people, of all ages and nationalities, to take the anarchic spirit of hacking to societies many stereotypes. Any of the shortlisted projects get to travel to Japan to make the pitch…

Wired Hack Award 3D winner for dotmogoWIRED want to see what happens when creatives question the status quo.  Any artwork or idea that hacks, subverts or interrogates the many stereotypes that surround us is eligible.  Setting only a loose theme and brief, the Creative Hack Award aims to give applicants freedom to experiment, interpret and conceive truly innovative ideas.

Here are the submission categories:
Graphics, 2D or 3D.
Live-Action or Animated Film.
3D Product, a Design or Prototype.
An Idea; a presentation or concept plan, in any format, that sets out a potential project.

The award acts as a platform for young and emerging creative talent and is open to amateurs and professionals, as long as the work submitted is previously unpublished. Entries are judged on originality, communication skills and the creative interpretation of the theme.
So why not get involved?  To apply you just have to go to this page on the Wired Japan site (don’t worry it’s in English as well…).

The deadline is midnight (Japan Standard Time) on 30 September 2015 – so get your thinking hats on….

Wired Hack award for dotmogo stoneanimatedfinal1

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