DESIGN + INNOVATION
WHO WILL BE
OF THE HOTTEST,
IN NORTH AMERICA?
GRAY’s 5th annual Hot New Next competition seeks to identify North America’s most innovative product designs in the categories of furnishings, fixtures, fashion, tech, and more.
This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition will play out in a series of 5 virtual episodes that will air weekly on GRAY’s IGTV, YouTube, and website starting in August. All will culminate in the 6th and final round held in October which will name the official 2020 Hot New Next Champion.
Episodes will be pre-recorded on a teleconferencing platform
and aired weekly on IGTV for audience engagement and
People’s Choice voting.
During the episodes, each contestant will have just 3 minutes to
present their innovative design and business strategy to our
panel of judges who, in a series of rapid fi re questions, will drill
down for details and off er valuable feedback to help hone their
pitches for future success. These designs may be conceptual or
realized, but the designers will need to make their objectives
clear during their presentations, i.e. whether they are seeking an
investor, retail space, media attention, etc.
A single winner from each episode will advance to the finale
episode where just one contestant will emerge as North
America’s Hot New Next Champion of 2020.
The Champion design and finalists will be featured in GRAY
magazine, Issue No. 55.
Think you have what it takes to stand up in front of this straight-shooting,
brutally honest panel with your prototypes and concepts?
Fill out our submission form online by 5 pm PST on July 13, 2020.
An esteemed panel of judges—experts in the areas of business, finance, marketing, retail, manufacturing, and design—will ask questions, offer feedback, and ultimately decide which designer will be named Champion. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s panel.
THANK YOU TO OUR
PARTNERS + SPONSORS
CONTESTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE
July 13, 2020, 5pm PST
EPISODE AIR DATES
Thursdays at 7 p.m. PST
Aug. 6 – Sept. 3, 2020
IGTV, YouTube, graymag.com
October 3, 2020
How do I know if my idea or product is a good fit for Hot New Next?
We are looking for a diversity of ideas, so whether you are an established or emerging designer or company, we are interested in hearing about what you have in the works!
How do the 5 recorded events work?
There will be one Hot New Next Round 1 event held on each recording date. As our goal is to curate a diverse mix for each episode, contestants must be available for any of the recording dates.
Contestants will only participate in ONE recorded event. The single winner from each recorded event will advance to the championship round. By entering, you agree that if you win Round 1, you will be able to compete in Vancouver BC at the championship round on Oct. 3, 2020. NOTE: travel costs are not provided for the championship round.
What are the Round 1 recording dates?
Late July. Exact dates TBA.
How many contestants will be chosen?
Each Round 1 event will feature 4-5 pre-selected contestants. Each contestant receives broad promotional exposure on GRAY’s platforms, live feedback (via virtual meeting call) from the prestigious panel of judges, plus the chance to pitch at the west coast’s biggest design show and potentially win the grand prize!
Do Round 1 winners need to register for or buy tickets to attend Interior Design Vancouver?
Nope, GRAY provides that for you!