Troy-based solidThinking Inc., a global concept design and styling software company, announced a design competition, open to college and university students worldwide, that will honor the best design concepts created completely using solidThinking 8.5 or solidThinking 8.5 Inspired software.

Any student 18 or older can enter a design of any kind of product, including — but not limited to — consumer goods, electronics, furniture, jewelry, fashion, medical products, packaging, toys and transportation.

The first prize in the global solidThinking Design Competition 2011 is $5,000 cash and a solidThinking 8.5 Inspired commercial license. Second prize is $3,000 and a similar license. Third prize is $2,000 and a solidThinking 8.5 commercial license. All entries published on the website will receive a 24-month solidThinking Inspired educational license.

An international jury of high-profile professional designers, academics and journalists will judge the entries on aesthetic qualities and form innovation, function innovation and feasibility, and presentation techniques.

Students may enter as many projects as they wish simply by registering and uploading their designs at, where they also will find the detailed official rules for the competition.

Entries will be accepted now through Sept. 30 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Winners are scheduled to be announced on Nov. 30 on,,, and They also will be notified by email.


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