Inspired innovation, from within the design community

Imagine if…

                                  you could get your product, tech, idea or invention in front of judges, manufacturers, investors and the press?

For the chance to win cash prizes, recognition, and taking the first step to launching your idea.

Imagine a science fair for the design community.

Hosted by celebrity judges, Chip Wade and Kiersten Parsons Hathcock.

Design Innovation Fair

Spring High Point Market | Monday April 27th 2020

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Why have a Design Innovation Fair?

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"To see an opportunity, we must be open to all thoughts."

- Catherine Pulsifer

We all remember our elementary school science fairs. Those same science fairs inspired future astronauts, computer engineers, solar car manufacturers, computer engineers and a world of innovation that we only dreamed of in movies.

What if we introduced that same opportunity for innovative thinking within the design industry? What if we asked our own community to bring forth their innovations, dreams and inspirations. What if we hosted a

"Design Innovation Fair"?

Costs and Qualifications

This event is open to...

                                                      all designers, retailers, sales reps and members of the design and home furnishings community (based on their ability to register at:

The goal is to provide an opportunity for introducing innovative ideas.


To insure that all applicants are present and committed, a $20.00 Application Fee will be charged and available for refund in-person, the day of the event.

Due to Cash Prize Awards, all applicants must be 18 years old or older.

✓ $20 Entry Fee (Refundable on day of event)

✓ No Large Corporations

✓ Concepts, Tech & Products

✓ Prototypes, Presentations & Doodles

✓ Display Limitations - 72"H X 48"W

✓ Must Be Original Work

✓ Must Be 18+ To Enter

✓ Travel & Accommodations Not Covered

✓ Not All Applicants Will Be Allowed

✓ Only One Idea Submission Allowed

✓ Must Be Registered:

What is the "Design Innovation Fair"?

"Great ideas come from everywhere, if you just listen and look for them. You never know who is going to have a great idea."

- Sam Walden

I believe that great ideas aren't reserved for the elite, the rich, the educated or the well connected.


Ideas are had by anyone.


The difference between a successful idea and an unsuccessful idea is action, timing, opportunity, initiative and perseverance.

My goal with the "Design Innovation Fair", isn't to predetermine which ideas will be good or bad, successful or unsuccessful.


My goal is to provide the opportunity.

I believe in our design community. From the

assembly-line worker, the truck driver, the sales rep, the intern, the designer, the retailer, the seasoned career professional, the person who has had an idea, but hasn't had the opportunity.

That opportunity is now. The next step is up to you.

So, whether you have a product, an invention, a concept, or an idea.


This is your opportunity to bring your idea forward, in front of the community, for the chance at opportunity and prize money, to take the next step to 

bring your idea to market.

Joseph Haecker

CEO of Scan Unlock

Contest Rules

Ethics and Standards

  • Integrity - Honesty, objectivity, and avoidance of conflicts of interest are to be maintained for this event. Submitted work should reflect independent research done by the applicant(s), and represent your original work.

  • Legality - Compliance with all federal, country, state and local laws is essential. All submitted work must be approved by the "Design Innovation Fair" staff, and when necessary must also be approved by other parties related to the event.

  • Respect for Confidentiality - Confidential communications, as well as patents, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property must be honored. Unpublished data, methods, or results may not be used without permission, and credit must be given to all contributions to research and/or development.

  • Intellectual Property - Fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of the competition. This includes plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for the competition. The D.I.F. reserves the right to revoke recognition of a project subsequently found to have been fraudulent.


  • Approved Projects - To be eligible, your project must be approved by the "Design Innovation Fair" committee. Only approved projects will be allowed to display your projects for the contest.

  • Registration - All approved applicants and their team(s) must be registered with High Point Market Authority, to register please visit:

  • Limit One Project - Only one project may be submitted for the contest, per applicant.

  • Refundable Application Hold Fee - In an effort to maximize the commitment of all applicants, a one-time $20.00 (Refundable) Application Hold Fee will be charged at the application process. Refunds are ONLY available in-person on the day of the event (Monday April 27, 2020 between the hours of 11am and 4pm EST). No other refunds will be given before or after this date and times.

  • Travel and Accommodations - All participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodations and meals.

  • Application Deadline Date(s) - All applications for participation must be received by: March 16, 2020. Applications that fail to have all information submitted by that date will be disqualified from participation.

  • Present to Win - Only projects that are accompanied by at least one member or their team, may be eligible to win. A member of the team must be present during the public presentation of their projects, judging and awards, on the day of Monday April 27, 2020 from 8am until 10pm of that same day, in order to be eligible to win. All applicants must be physically present in the City of High Point, North Carolina, in order to participate.

  • Cash Awards/Tax Liability - Winners may receive cash prize(s). All taxes and tax liability are the sole responsibility of the award winner. The "Design Innovation Fair" and it's affiliate companies are not responsible for taxation or tax liability.

  • Age Requirement - Must be 18 or over to qualify. If a project is deemed to be the intellectual property of a person under the age of 18, the project will become immediately disqualified, and any prizes will be immediately revoked.

  • Ownership of Work - At no point does or will the "Design Innovation Fair" or any of it's affiliate or partnership companies and/or organizations gain or assert ownership of intellectual rights to concepts or properties submitted by applicants, other than the use of images and text, for marketing purposes

Approval and Documentation

  • Submitted Work - Only approved submitted work will be allowed to present at the "Design Innovation Fair".

  • Criteria - Only ethical and moral projects will be allowed to participate. Projects that have a minimal viability to "go-to-market" may be considered. Major corporations, with an inherent unfair advantage will not be allowed to participate. The "Design Innovation Fair" reserves the right to reject and ban any project they deem inadmissible or unfair.

  • Presentation of Work and Sizes - Each approved presenter will be provided one (1) folding table and two (2) chairs. Electricity will not be supplied. Presentations must not exceed a 72" Maximum height and a 48" Maximum width. Participants may choose to use any materials necessary to present their idea, concept, product and/or invention (including, but not limited to: tablets, laptops, poster board, mock-ups, prototypes, etc.) in order to display and convey their concept and idea.

  • Confidentiality - All required fields of the registration form must be completed in order to be considered eligible. Any submitted work (images, phrases, text, etc.) may be used for marketing purposes for the event, and thereafter. Due to the public nature of the event, the DIF does not guarantee or promise any non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements.

  • Other Exchanges of Information - At times, in order to approve a project for consideration and/or participation in the event, information may be exchanged via telephone, verbal communication and/or electronic transfer of information, such information may or may not be used by DIF for marketing and promotion purposes. 

  • Rights and Assignments - Any referenced work, logos, trademarks, copyrights and referenced text must be represented by the applicant during the presentation. This is the sole responsibility of the applicant/contestant. The "Design Innovation Fair" and it's affiliates are not liable for the lack of disclosure and/or omitted references, whether intentional or not.

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"It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen."

- Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance



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