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Entries open for 2020 Student Design Competition

This year's categories are in the areas of advanced textiles and fabric structures.

27th January 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Roseville, MN

Sports/​Outdoor, Protective, Medical/Hygiene, Transport/​Aerospace, Clothing/​Footwear

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced that entries are open for the 2020 Student Design Competition. The competition offers any student currently enrolled in a school or university the opportunity to submit a project in one of two categories for the chance to win an award and prize package.

This year's categories are in the areas of advanced textiles and fabric structures. To submit a project in the advanced textiles category, a student must design project for aerospace, medical, military, safety/protective or other wearable and non-wearable textile technology applications. In the fabric structures category, a student must design a fabric structure measuring 38-200 square metres that provides a shelter and architectural interest for an area on their school campus.

There will be two first place winners, one for each category. These winners will win a prize pack valued at over $6,000 which includes a trip to IFAI Expo 2020, the 100th anniversary of the show, in Indianapolis, IN, 4-6 November 2020. The deadline for students to submit their projects is 15 May 15 2020.

For more information and to submit a project, please visit 

If you have any direct questions, please contact Martha Baker at [email protected] or +1 651 225 6932.

 Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is a member-owned, member-driven trade association representing the global industrial fabrics industry since 1912. IFAI invests more than $8 million each year to advance the industry and support member companies. IFAI provides members with relevant information, sourcing solutions and networking opportunities to sustain and grow their business.

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