Toyota design competition accepting entries

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by Emily Atkins

Toyota Material Handling is accepting applications for the Toyota Logistic Design Competition 2024.

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in university programs from around the world are invited to participate in the competition by submitting groundbreaking inventions and solutions to improve the circular economy through logistics.

“The Toyota Logistic Design Competition is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for future innovators to showcase their unique skills in design and engineering and create solutions that will have a long-lasting impact on business and logistics,” said Brett Wood, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America. “The imaginative concepts the participants create each year is always impressive and inspiring.”

Toyota views this competition as a way of engaging and fostering the next generation of designers and instilling a commitment to serve the communities around them. This year’s participants are challenged to focus on developing solutions for the future that improve lives, minimize waste and use resources in a way that has little impact on the environment.

A panel of professionals working around design and innovation within Toyota will evaluate all entries and determine the finalists. The winner in each category of the competition will receive a cash prize.

The winner and finalists’ submissions will be displayed during Milano Design Week and at the 2024 Paris Olympic-Paralympic Event. The deadline to submit is Monday, December 18, 2023.

This is the third year the Toyota Logistic Design Competition is welcoming students from universities in the United States. In 2022, two students representing universities from the United States received top awards.

Jacob Abraham, a student at the University of Houston, received the Gold Award for Oro, a delivery module that optimizes final-mile delivery vehicles in dense urban environments.

Nicholas Orie, a student from California State University, received the Bronze Award for his Toyota Mitsubachi solution, a modular, autonomous drone fleet integrated in warehouses and micro hubs that is designed to streamline the process of handling and organizing goods.

“North America was well represented with the Gold and Bronze awards this past year,” noted Greg Smiley, head of industrial design at a Toyota Material Handling North America company. “Models of the winning designs were on display, and I know it was a great experience and networking opportunity for Jacob to receive his award at Logiconomi 2022 in Antwerp, Belgium.”

Click here to learn more about the Toyota Logistic Design Competition .