October 2, 2013, Erie, PA – In its fifth year of competition, InnovationErie announced the grand prizewinner of the 2013 design competition.
Of the 12 semi finalists who moved onto the second of three rounds of judging and exhibited their works at the Erie Art Museum, four individuals went on to present their product designs and media arts concepts to an independent panel of judges this past Saturday. InnovationErie Design Competition was created in an effort to catalyze creative economic development in Northwest Pennsylvania by supporting an innovative community of artists, scientists, artists, manufacturers, engineers, and designers (SAM & ED). The competition invited artists, inventors and thinkers to submit their product design ideas and applied media arts concepts for a chance to win over $15,000 in cash and professional services, including intellectual property legal consulting services fromMcDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP, and other services from InnovationErie partners.
The applied media arts track was a new addition for 2013, and invited participants to submit animated works, new app ideas, online publishing ideas, web and video design, unique online art sales ideas, and photographic concepts. InnovationErie is open to any individual, team or small business in the United States, though all products or media ideas must have the ability to be manufactured or created in the greater Erie, PA region.
Todd Scalise was the winner of the Applied Media Arts track of the competition, entitling him to a $10,000 grant for equipment, services and membership with Edinboro University’s stARTup Incubator. Mosaix is a browser-based web application that allows the user to create an infinite array of tessellation mosaics in the form of artistic kitchen magnets, unique wall tiles, and fashionable floor coverings. “With Mosaix uniquely shaped design and ease of on-line application you will be creating your own patterns in no time,” Scalise says. “At the click of a button, your Mosaix are manufactured and shipped right to your door for quick installation. Anyone can do it. All that is required is a little imagination!”
“This year’s slate of finalists was by far the strongest set we’ve seen,” said Atty. Jonathan M. D’Silva of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP and Chair of the InnovationErie committee. “We believe that each of them will likely be successful with hard work and perseverance.” A complete list of the winners’ services and cash prizes, as well as InnovationErie sponsors, can be found on the competition’s website, InnovationErie.net.