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Transform shredded unfit banknotes into value added products

The Kusters Engineering Prize has been set up as a result of a cooperation between Royal Dutch Kusters Engineering (KE) and the National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The objective of the competition is to stimulate the development of ideas to transform briquettes of unfit banknotes into something with value. It is desirable that the innovations result in the discovery of a sustainable solution.

Round 1

The competition will be open for all the students of Design Institutes in India. Entries should be submitted through legible sketches, 3D renders (to realistic looks), technical drawings with full description of the materials and process as first submission. Entries have to be submitted as per the guidelines and terms and conditions.

Submission Requirements : Round 1
  • The participants have to submit a minimum of three A3 sheets.
  • The maximum would be five A3 sheets.
  • Sheets must be used in landscape orientation.
  • Sheets must include the unique registration number at the top right corner.
  • The sheets must not contain any other personal details.
  • The sheets must contain explanatory drawings with views including joinery and detailing where applicable.
  • All the sheets for a single entry must be compiled into a single PDF not exceeding 10 Mb.
  • Videos or animations if any (not compulsory) should not exceed 20 Mb.
  • All entries must be sent in the digital format. Hard copies of entries will not be accepted or considered.
  • Group working is allowed.
  • You can register yourself on behalf of a group of students, but one person (the person who will register on the website - www.keprize.nid.edu - will be the contact person. If you will become the winner, it means that you should share the prize money.
  • You are free to combine any other material with the shredded unfit currency notes provided with good proportion of notes desirable that the creative solution created by you results in the discovery of a sustainable solution.
Round 2 (for shortlisted entries only)

Shortlisted few would be provided with shredded unfit currency notes in order to make a prototype. The selected students will be contacted and asked to provide the requirements in amount of kilograms shredded material, as based on their design.

Prototypes Requirements : Round 2

Instructions for making prototypes:

  • Full scale prototypes are preferred by the Jury Members.
    • In case of architectural or furniture related ideas, the jury accepts a half scale model.
    • In case of any functionality related to the idea, the jury allows to use some similar techniques or materials.
  • Students are required to send together with the prototype:
    • Video/PDF of the exact prototype manufacturing process or detailed description of the process with high resolution pictures
    • Detailed explanation and description of any other material combined with the shredded unfit currency notes.
  • It is possible to ask the Jury Members for mentorship.
  • Students have to submit a declaration form by downloading it from the website.
  • Prototype submission deadline: 10th of August 2017 should reach NID before 5pm IST.
  • The address to send prototype will be:
    Pravinsinh Solanki,
    National Institute of Design,
    Paldi, Ahmedabad, 380 007, Gujarat, India
    (L: +91 79 26629 659, M: +91 9727052999)
Prize Money

First Prize - 1 Lakh Indian Rupees (INR)

Second Prize - 75,000 Indian Rupees (INR)

Third Prize - 50,000 Indian Rupees (INR)

Important Dates

Registration Opens - 18th May 2017

Last Date for Registration - 28th June 2017, 12pm IST

Last Date for Round 1 Submission - 29th June 2017, 12pm IST

Announcement of shortlisted entries - 5th July 2017

Round 2 : Submission of Prototypes - 10th August 2017, to reach NID before 5pm IST

Announcement of Winners - 28th August 2017

Award Ceremony - 25th September 2017


National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad