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WHO WILL BE NAMED CHAMPION OF THE HOTTEST, NEWEST, MOST NEXT-LEVEL DESIGN IN NORTH AMERICA?
GRAY’s 5th annual Hot New Next competition seeks to identify North America’s most innovative product designs in the categories of furniture, accessories, fixtures, fashion, tech, and more.
Hot New Next is a reality-style competition where contestents for a chance to pitch their designs to a panel of experts in a reality-style eventand ultimately be named champion.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's competition will be broadcast in a series of 6 virtual episodes that will air weekly on GRAY’s IGTV, YouTube, and website.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the competition will play out in a series of 6 virtual episodes that will air weekly on GRAY’s IGTV, YouTube, and website starting in August 2020. #hotnewnext
How will this work?
Episodes will be pre-recorded on a teleconferencing platform
and aired weekly on IGTV for audience engagement and
People’s Choice voting.
During the episodes, each contestant will have just 3 minutes to
present their innovative design and business strategy to our
panel of judges who, in a series of rapid fi re questions, will drill
down for details and off er valuable feedback to help hone their
pitches for future success. These designs may be conceptual or
realized, but the designers will need to make their objectives
clear during their presentations, i.e. whether they are seeking an
investor, retail space, media attention, etc.
A single winner from each episode will advance to the finale
episode where just one contestant will emerge as North
America’s Hot New Next Champion of 2020.
The Champion design and finalists will be featured in GRAY
magazine, Issue No. 55.
Think you have what it takes to stand up in front of this straight-shooting,
brutally honest panel with your prototypes and concepts?
Fill out our submission form online by 5 pm PST on July 13, 2020.