Last year we gave away more than a dozen awards of cash and prizes to the outstanding competitors. Come back to this page to see the awards line-up for this year.

Awards of Excellence

Gain industry recognition with ACIDO 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 $1000, second place awarded $500 and third place $300, along with the Rocket Award trophy (pictured left).



Participate in everything design has to offer –

The first place winner of the Awards of Excellence will be gifted a one-year community membership to DesignTO. Enjoy discounts to museums, galleries and shops in the Toronto area. Members will also receive special benefits, including discounted tickets to festival events and parties and much more.

The DesignTO is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events during Toronto’s design week.


Discuss your creative influences with an online publication –

The first place winner of the Awards of Excellence is invited to share their biggest influences and guide us through their creative process in a featured interview on the MISC Magazine website. MISC features in-depth articles from some of the preeminent voices of design thinking, technology, and consumer experience.

MISC is enjoyed by a diverse audience ranging from innovators to C-suite executives with over 10,000 visitors a month.



Create amazing renderings and animation in real time –

Competitors granted the Awards of Excellence will be gifted a one-year educational licence for the real-time rendering application Keyshot by Luxion. KeyShot makes creating amazing renderings and animations fast and easy, with support for the widest number of 3D file formats on both Mac and PC.

Keyshot by Luxion is used worldwide by top design professionals and independent 3D artists for their 3D visualization needs.




Awards of Merit –

Our sponsored awards allows industry leaders to recognize talent that aligns with their core company values. Awards of Merit highlight key qualities that all projects should embody, but have excelled in one particular competition entry. The winner of the award will be granted a cash prize of $200.

Design 1st Market Reach Award

/  Cortex Design User Experience Award

Entro Storytelling Award

/  Designforce Innovation Award

/  Inertia Market Ready Award

Eventscape Prototype Award

Awards of Specialty –

In addition to the Awards of Merit, sponsors can highlight excellence within a key sector and/or industry through the Awards of Specialty. The winner of the award will be granted a cash prize of $200.

/  Array Marketing Sustainability Award

Teknion Social Responsibility Award

/  Shepp ID Health & Wellness Award

/  Swave Studios Consumer Product Award