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Roland Digital Piano Design Awards

Roland is hosting its Digital Piano Design Awards, a unique opportunity for forward-thinking designers around the world to create the piano of the future.

The theme of this design challenge is “Unleash” — to unleash a piano design that breaks away from tradition.

Awards and prizes will be presented to one Grand Prize Winner (500K Yen), one Excellence Award Winner (200K Yen) and one Incentive Award winner (100K Yen).

Winning designs will be announced online on 21 January 2016 and during the 2016 Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show in Anaheim, California.

Designers are encouraged to focus on the look and outer structure of the digital piano cabinet, i.e. the outer shell, but can propose alternative digital functions and sounds as part of their overall design concept. Internal electronics diagrams like chips and wiring do not need to be provided if additional functions are proposed.

Judges will be comprised of professionals and experts from Roland Corporation and digital piano designs will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. novelty and originality,
  2. aesthetic superiority,
  3. alignment with theme,
  4. elegance and presence as a concert grand piano, and
  5. how well the benefits of the digital piano are incorporated into the design.

Contestants can enter as many designs as they’d like but each design must be submitted individually.