Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On August 29, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) launched the Watch Face Designathon APAC 2022, an annual competition that challenges designers to create and optimize watch faces compatible with HUAWEI Watch 3 Series to publish them in HUAWEI Themes. The competition will see participants from across the region showcase their creativity and design skills to win from a prize pool of $17,500 in liquid. Interested candidates can register until September 21.
Renowned artists [Mackcha, Fei Giap, and NasSuha] will represent the three themes of the competition and create exclusive dials
The competition aims to inspire and support the designer community by showcasing outstanding masterpieces in the HUAWEI Watch Face design ecosystem. Entrants can create watch face designs based on their own interpretation of one or more of the three contest themes: Connection, Harmony and Power.
Collaboration with renowned artists and Ragnarok X (ROX)
This year’s edition is exceptionally exciting as we see Huawei foray into the realm of art by collaborating with three esteemed artists for the first time – macha (@mackcha), Fei Giap (@thelokamade) and NasSuha (@nassuha_). macha focuses on expressing feelings and feelings through her pseudo persona named “Chalotte”, a girl with the iconic blue eyes in a blue dress, which she connects to the sea, majestic sea creatures and nature. Fei Giap’s the style centers around merging anime characteristics with local elements, exuding a distinctive style through a harmonious fusion of color and culture. Malaysia-based in NasSuha seeks to express the rich vibrancy of heritage and culture in Malaysia through his murals and doodles, welding together vibrant colors to bring out the energy and impact of his pieces.
Each of them will represent one of the three competition themes and design an exclusive watch dial as a collaborative piece. The artists will also be part of the jury and will participate in the awards ceremony on November 3.
This collaboration aims to help designers better understand the design scene and gain new knowledge from experts (macha, Fei Giap and Nas Suha) who will share their artistic inspiration, tips and tricks, and personal and professional experiences via interactive Instagram live streams and reels.
Ragnarok X (ROX), one of the best-selling massive multiplayer online role-playing games and a permanent partner of Huawei AppGallery, will also design an exclusive watch face based on one of the three themes.
Provide extensive support to designers
In addition to cash prizes, the competition offers an enticing opportunity to enter the third largest mobile ecosystem, opening doors for designers to the global marketplace. The winners’ works will be published in HUAWEI themes, reaching more than 120 million monthly active users worldwide. Winners may also be offered regional media promotion and co-marketing opportunities with Huawei.
All participating designers can expect an expanded range of technical support, including a workshop with hands-on coaching from Fei Giap who will share ideas on how to foster innovation and Huawei’s trainer Yang Ling which will introduce HUAWEI Theme Studio software. Entrants will be equipped and empowered with the tools and skills to transform their aesthetic designs into functional watch faces ready to be published in HUAWEI Themes.
Artists and winners will also be invited to attend Huawei’s biggest event of the year, HUAWEI Developer Day, which will be held at Kuala Lumpur November 3. All collaborative pieces and winning artworks will be displayed in the interactive exhibit, and an awards ceremony will be held to congratulate the winners.
Contest mechanics and prizes
The HUAWEI Themes Watch Face Designathon APAC 2022 welcomes designers, artists, students, hobbyists and freelancers based in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Entrants are required to submit at least one work based on the theme(s) of their choice, and bonus points will be awarded for multiple submissions. The first 60 registrants to successfully publish their masterpieces will be entitled to a Band 6 and a certificate of participation.
This year’s edition will feature six winners in four award categories: an exceptional award ($6,000)an award of excellence ($4,000)a Distinguished Design Award ($3,000) and three new Huawei Designer Awards ($1,500). Additionally, winners can also walk away with a HUAWEI Watch 3, in which they can see their watch face.
For competition terms and conditions, registration, or for more information on the upcoming schedule and judging, please visit the official website.