Robert Sheldon, principal at Product council, was selected as a judge for 2019 International Housewares Association’s 26th annual Student Design Competition. This year’s theme focused on the safety and security of seniors, children and the disabled in the home. Over 300 national and international students entered the competition.
Purdue University senior Hannah Ferrill from New Lenox, Ill., and National University of Singapore graduate Kevin Chiam Yong Sheng, won first place respectively for HearNoEvil Home Security System for the Hearing Impaired, and Folks Kitchenware for the Blind. Sheng is the first student from a university outside the United States to take the top prize.
The Competition’s challenge to college students was to redesign a current housewares product to meet the needs of the future or to create a concept for a new product. Winning projects were selected for their innovation, understanding of production and marketing principles, and quality of entry materials.