PrintoCent Design Competition 2016



 PrintoCent Design Competition 2016 Finalists announced

By the given deadline 18.11.2015 we received dozens of excellent design ideas for both
categories from several countries.


The jury was faced with a truly challenging task, yet we’re now happy to announce the following PrintoCent Design Competition 2016 Finalists with their titled works



Category I - Printed light source for rough conditions finalists


  • Enna Eloranta / Lyhtyisä
  • Kai Klemetti / Lastu
  • Veli Kouri / Canopus
  • Petri Montin / Malla
  • Petri Montin / Säkki



Category II - Farmhouse lighting finalists


  • Petri Montin / MNNL
  • Brigitte Lanz / Skylight
  • Iida Kalliokoski Silvestre / Magnetic LED


Stay tuned for the winner announcement at the award ceremony on Feb 11th, 2016.

More information



The official rules for the second PrintoCent Design Competition can be found from this link.




This link offers supporting documents to stimulate your ideas from this link.




Here you may find some answers related to this year’s design competition. However, if you would like to ask something about the competition or PrintoCent, please send us email:



The second PrintoCent Design Competition calls on open-minded designers to apply fresh ideas to

utilize flexible printed electronics in a new innovative way.  The competition starts in 19.10.2015.



I - Printed light source for rough conditions


Design an easy adaptable light device, which can help living in challenging areas without electricity such as catastrophe situations. The key here is to combine a printed solar cell (OPV) and a battery with couple or a matrix of LED emitters on foil to create a light source, which can be used in any purpose you want. However, we value fresh and smart ideas that cannot be only adapted for many use cases but are also scalable for larger manufacturing. Flat packing or other practical features like easy setup by the end user are issues that can be seen as a bonus for your design work. The control unit is regarded as a black box with battery, with interfaces to the OPV element and LED lighting and with an optional wireless remote controller.


You might be motivated by concepts like A Liter of Light or HiNation.  Plus, solar packsacks by Voltaic etc similar solutions that have been harnessed for camping and outdoor use might be inspirational too. Production technologies such as injection moulding or lamination are well worthwhile considering. Naturally, easy applicability for numerous varying use cases is always a bonus, so do bear in mind the different use scenarios - from carry-on to fixed & for households or outdoors.


II - Farmhouse lighting


Design an agricultural lighting system based on flexible LED films for use in animal barns and stables. etc. storages, which are harsh and risky environments for traditional light elements. Emphasize the safety issues, ease of cleaning and low maintenance as key components of your design work. This concept of light is using a 230VAC power grid with a transformer, whereas the backup power could be based on batteries and printed solar cells as well depending on your liking. To give you more freedom and possibilities for your ideation work, the flexible LED films can be also processed in thermoplastic over-molding / injection molding creating more robust and solid structures not to be limited only to use laminated flat surfaces and materials. Additionally, you have also the freedom to use RGB-LEDs in you design if you see positive value in using colors in certain use cases.


Core benefit of the above mentioned technologies is the higher energy consciousness than it would be with the more traditional solutions using much more power. Adaptability and varying use case scenarios make these solutions also more favored by the jury.





Competition launch 19.10.2015

The competition starts on Monday October 19th.


Final day for your proposals 18.11.2015

Send your idea as a sketch, a short description and your contact information to us by email:


Finalists are announced 1.12.2015

Top 5 finalists in both categories will be announced on the same date.


Finalized works are to be sent 20.01.2016

Selected finalists develop and fine tune their ideas further. Mentoring – face to face or Skype - is offered during the process to create more industrially scalable and technically feasible results.


Winners are awarded 11.2.2016

The Grand Winner and other awards will be announced on February 11th, 2016 in the award ceremony in Oulu and the winner in each category will receive 1 500 euros. This event is part of the famous Polar Bear Pitching event, which takes place in Oulu on the same date.


Practical Support for Industrialization 
All the finalists are helped to find industrial partners to develop a concrete demonstrator from the submitted idea. We hope the finalized works and some real demonstrators will be publicly shown at the notable Prinse`16 event (7-8.6.2016) in Oulu, Finland.




The innovative insurance company LocalTapiola is sponsoring this competition to encourage safe farmhouse lighting production. Furthermore, the farmers would greatly appreciate safer and more ecological solutions. Hence making the demand for this completion real.






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