Last year we gave away more than a dozen awards of cash and prizes to the outstanding competitors. And thanks to our amazing sponsors, this year is no exception.


Awards of Excellence deliver industry recognition to top grads in Industrial Design with ACIDO Rocket Awards

The Awards of Excellence are granted to the projects that represent the best in show. The winners have impressed the jury throughout their design process including: project definition, design research, concept development, implementation, final prototype, graphic presentation and verbal pitches.

Presented by the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO), with first place awarded a cash prize of $1500, second place awarded $1000 and third place $500, along with the Rocket Award trophy (pictured left). These awards were designed by Andrew Lowe at Cortex Design and manufactured right here in Ontario by Forest City Castings.

This new trophy commemorates 20 years of Rocket!



Take your final year project to the next level

Onshape is our Platinum Level Sponsor for the 2nd year in a row. It’s important to understand the tool options available to see a concept come to life in CAD and then develop that concept right through to production with powerful and collaborative software. Onshape offers Student, Educational and Public Plans that can help develop your CAD skills before investing in a licence which is perfect for emerging designers working on their portfolio.

In addition to the cash prizes – first, second and third place winners of the Awards of Excellence will be gifted 3D printing credits by our Gold Level Sponsor CADMicro.


Continue your path toward professional excellence with ACIDO

ACIDO offers support for emerging and established professionals through events, networking opportunities, software discounts, supplier resources, job postings, service discounts, and peer to peer connections through our online Slack workspace. Student Members, Associate Members and Professional Members all benefit from taking part in out monthly meetings. ACIDO members are vetted by their peers and receive recognition as a Chartered Industrial Designer. Join us in pursuing excellence in the ever-expanding field of Industrial Design



Sponsors provide the fuel for Rocket

Each year Rocket receives amazing support from the industry to fund the awards and the event. Without our sponsors there would be no Rocket. Whether it’s funding the awards or joining ACIDO to judge the projects, sponsors extends their generosity each year to make Rocket possible. This year we are expanding our recognition of our sponsors with profile pages. Learn more here.



Awards of Merit and Specialty provided by our Silver Level Sponsors

Our sponsored awards allows industry leaders to recognize talent that aligns with their core company values.

Awards of Merit and Specialty highlight exceptional achievement within a specific area that have excelled in one particular competition entry.

The winner of the award will be granted a cash prize of $300.

Modus ID Market Reach Award

Cortex Design User Experience Award

Entro Design Thinking Award

Copernicus Future Generations Award

HealthCraft Innovation Award

Designforce Market Ready Award

/ Inertia Concept Design Award

Eventscape Prototype Award

/  Shepp ID Health & Wellness Award

/  Swave Studios Product Foresight Award