It’s great when you come up with a new product that could make a genuine difference in your market… but it is equally vital that you are able to share your innovation with the widest possible audience. There are few better ways to get your message across than taking part in the DAME - Design Award METS.
The world’s number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories has enormous industry prestige and a worldwide commercial impact. To win the DAME is the ultimate accolade for companies and innovators, and all the nominations for the award are seen as trendsetters for the next generation of product development. With three different levels of distinction – the Overall DAME Winner, Category Winners and Special Mentions – there is every chance that your product could soon be making global headlines.
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the DAME.
DAME 2014 received 116 entries from 23 nations all around the World. The 45 nominations represent companies from 16 different countries. The Overall Winner and Category Winners were announced at the ICOMIA-METS Breakfast Briefing held in the Forum of Amsterdam RAI before the official opening of METS on Tuesday 18 November. The award presented to the Overall Winner has been designed by Naval Architect Tony Castro, former chairman of the DAME Jury, and reflects the international nature of the competition. Products that the jury considers to be exeptional, but which do not win the award in their category, may be given a special mention.
The DAME Jury is always on the look out for clever design solutions that challenge the status quo to deliver obvious improvements for boat owners and builders. There were several examples this year but the standout winner was Jefa’s Steering Traveller.View the DAME 2014 Winners »
The DAME Jury carefully assess entries for overall design, build quality, functionality, and use of materials. Other factors taken into account are originality, ergonomics and price/quality ratio. The short listed products are divided into seven categories:
The Design Award METS (DAME) was initiated in 1991 to recognize the best designed product at the METS exhibition. Since then it has become the world’s leading annual design competition for the marine equipment and accessories industry. In 2007 the METS organization has decided together with the Exhibition Committee to support every other year a marine related government approved public charity that needs financial backing. With this initiative METS aims to show her involvement in the marine industry. In 2013 the DAME proceeds were offered to Sailability Foundation The Netherlands and Freedom Waters Foundation based in USA. All participants of the DAME Award are required to pay a fee of € 150 per registration. The collected registration fees will go to a selected charity. The total proceeds depend on the number of entries registered for the DAME competition every year, therefore no guarantees can be given.
Since 2005 Amsterdam RAI supports AMREF Flying Doctors. Therefore AMREF is appointed as DAME charity by the Exhibition Committee, for every even year. The 2014 donations will contribute to sustainable water access for the Masai in Kajiado, Kenya. This project focuses on a reduction in the number of water-related diseases by improving access to safe drinking water for approximately 50,000 people.