Keeping the focus on designers of the future, in 2012, BE OPEN arranged an exposition in London to showcase a selection of 40 works, submitted by students from all over the world.
The shortlist was compiled from over 300 entries from 47 countries, with the winners being selected by a prestigious design industry jury, presided over by Patricia Urquiola (designer and architect), with Tom Cheshire (WIRED magazine associate editor), Daniel Charny (senior tutor at the Royal College of Art), Pei-Ru Keh (design editor of Wallpaper magazine), Vladimir Pirojkov (designer), Noma Bar (graphic artist), Christopher Turner (editor of ICON magazine) and William Knight (100% Design event director).
A winner was selected in each of the three categories of CAST, FORM, and CITY, on the basis of creative originality:
- Alexandra Kharakoz, UK, with interactive Sonic Landscape sculpture; took an Internship programme with Global Experiences in London.
- Chak Ming Sin, Hong Kong, with the Evaporative Cooling Capillary; took a year course of architecture at the University of Hong Kong.
- Bernier Samuel, Canada, with objects transforming project RE_; took a workshops course at Domaine de Boisbuchet studio.
Each winner received a study grant for a leading European institute, and a money prize to develop their projects further.