METS organiser Amsterdam RAI is inviting certified marine-related public charities to apply for the registration proceeds from the Design Award METS (DAME) competition.
The METS Exhibition Committee will select a charity from among the entries for this 25th anniversary edition of the DAME. The donation will be announced and presented during the Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday 17 November, the official opening day of METS 2015.
The DAME Award is the most coveted annual industry reward for innovative leisure marine product design. To date it has raised approximately €18,000 a year for worthy causes, with the actual amount of the donation depending on the number of entries registered.
“There is no better platform to launch a new product and bring it to the attention of the entire marine industry and media than the DAME Award,” comments Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at Amsterdam RAI. “The winners and the nominees gain priceless publicity and, by supporting a charity with the registration proceeds, Amsterdam RAI ensures that the wider society benefits too. In addition to the funds raised, we see that the chosen charity enjoys greater international recognition thanks to its association with the DAME. This is a win-win sutiation for all concerned.”
Charities interested in applying will find the terms and an application form at METSTRADE.COM/DAME. All applications must be received by April 29 and will be assessed by the METS Exhibition Committee in May.
The Design Award METS (DAME) is the world’s number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories. This year the DAME is celebrating its 25th anniversary; the award was presented for the first time in 1991.
The aim of the competition is to promote and highlight the use of design throughout a product’s lifecycle, from conception to manufacturing and end-user experience.
The Jury also considers the overall impact on the marine industry, suitability for intended purpose, the level of innovation, the product’s cost effectiveness and its environmental impact.