Global Award in Digital Fabrication Field The seventh year kicks off after welcoming a new Chief Judge

FabCafe Global (Tokyo, Hida, Kyoto, Taipei, Barcelona, Bangkok, Toulouse, Singapore, Strasbourg, and Monterrey) is proud to announce the “YouFab Global Creative Awards 2018 “(YouFab 2018), an award that evaluates creations and inventions born out of advanced collaborations between digital and physical manufacturing.

Former 'WIRED' Japanese Editor-in-chief Kei Wakabayashi, Ars Electronica Artistic and Managing Director Gerfried Stocker, and others join as Judges!

For the 7th annual YouFab Awards, this year’s Judging Committee include: Kei Wakabayashi (Chief Judge of the YouFab 2018 Judging Committee), formerly WIRED Japan Editor-in-chief, Gerfried Stocker, Ars Electronica Artistic and Managing Director of Ars Electronica, Professor Julia Cassim, Professor at KYOTO Design Lab Kyoto Institute of Technology, Satoshi Yoshizumi of the TAKT PROJECT, and Chiaki Hayashi, CEO of Loftwork, Inc. Applications will be accepted under two categories: the student category award and the general category award.

A message from the Chief Judge: “Polemica!! How do you rebel? And against what? Why did you make what you made? What status quo are you rebelling against? I would like to call for entries which acutely question the current state of affairs and present alternatives to the status quo.”

We are looking for creative works with the theme, “A future where work and life merge together” for the YouFab 2018 Special Award, the “Lion Award”.

We are also excited to announce this year’s Special Award, the Lion Award, alongside the Lion Corporation. The theme for the special award is, “MERGE – A future where work and life merge together”. Alongside the rules outlined for YouFab, we are looking for works based on the theme of the future of 2030, where “work” and “live” will melt together. For the applicants whose work falls under this theme, applications for the Lion Award may be submitted alongside the YouFab 2018 application.

During the entry period, from August 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018, related events will be held at FabCafes in various parts of the world, including an Awards Ceremony in Tokyo which will be held in early February 2019. We look forward to receiving applications from around the world with great anticipation!

YouFab Global Creative Awards 2018

YouFab Global Creative Awards 2018 Information


Submissions should be creative experiments, works and inventions that stem from powerful collaborations between digital and physical fabrication. These submissions can encompass physical products, art, architecture, or intangible projects such as performing arts, events, workshops and experiments. A condition of entry is that the submitted work be in its completed/operational form, not left in the conceptual phase as design plans or proposals. Submissions can be something that has already been launched, or something yet to be unveiled.


  • Student Category
    This category is only for students who are enrolled in an university or a vocational college at the time of entry. There are no age or nationality entry restrictions.
  • General Category
    This category does not have any age or nationality restrictions and is open to individuals, groups and corporations.  

About Prize

  • Grand Prize  / Trophy, Prize 1,000 USD
  • First Prize / Trophy, Prize 500 USD
  • Student Category Award/ Certificate, Prize 300 USD
  • General Category Award / Certificate,  Prize 300 USD
  • Lion Special Prize Award / Certificate, 1,000 USD
  • Finalists Award / Certificate


Entry Period:
August 1st, 2018 –  October 31st, 2018 at 12:00 noon (Japan Time)

Initial Screening Results Announcement:
Notification of Initial Screening Finalists will be in mid November, 2018 (exact date TBD)

Winners Announcement :
Early January 2019 (exact date TBD)

Award Ceremony:
Early February 2019 (exact date TBD)


Chief Judge Kei Wakabayashi/ Editor

Kei Wakabayashi was born in 1971 and spent his early childhood in London and New York. After graduating from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in French Studies at Waseda University, he joined Heibonsha, and became part of the editorial department for “Gekkan Taiyo.” In 2000, became an independent editor. Afterward, he edited a wide range of publications, including magazines, books, and exhibition records, and became active as a music journalist. He was assigned as the Chief Editor for the Japanese edition of “WIRED” in 2012, and left the post in 2017. In 2018, he launched blkswn publishers, Inc. and authored the book, “Sayonara Mirai” (Goodbye, Future), published by Iwanami Shoten (April​ 2018).

Gerfried Stocker / Artistic and Managing Director of Ars Electronica

Since 1995 he has been a managing and an artistic director of Ars Electronica. 1995/1996 he developed the groundbreaking exhibition strategies of Ars Electronica Center with a small team of artists and technicians and was responsible for the set-up and establishment of Ars Electronica’s own R&D facility, Ars Electronica Futurelab. Since 2004 he has been in charge of developing Ars Electronica’s program of international exhibition tours. From 2005 on he planned the expansion of Ars Electronica Center and implemented the total substantive makeover of its exhibits. Stocker is a guest speaker at many international conferences and a Visiting Professor at Osaka University of Arts as well as guest lecturer at Deusto University Bilbao. He is also a consultant for many international companies on creativity and innovation management.

Julia Cassim /Professor at KYOTO Design Lab Kyoto Institute of Technology

Julia Cassim’s career spans the worlds of art, design, museum studies and social activism. She studied fine art at Manchester College of Art and Design and Tokyo University of the Arts on a Japanese Government scholarship. She has an MPhil from the International Centre for Heritage Studies at the University of Newcastle and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Art (RCA) and of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and is an international authority on inclusive design. The 24 and 48 Hour Inclusive Design Challenges she organised at the RCA Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design have been held in 21 cities worldwide, involved over 800 designers and were the subject of an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2010.

In May 2014, she was appointed Professor at the KYOTO Design Lab, a centre for interdisciplinary design innovation at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. A recent project bringing together science and design won a Dutch Design Award in 2016. She was included in Design Week’s ‘Hot 50’ list of people who most influenced the design world in 2010.

Satoshi Yoshiizumi/TAKT PROJECT Inc., Representative, Designer/Creative Director

Mr. Yoshiizumi has undertaken various projects seeking to “create other possibilities” through design. He has conducted experimental independent research projects and presented the results at the Milan Design Week, DesignMiami, Maison & Objet Paris, Hong Kong M+, and other domestic and international art museums and design events. Yoshiizumi collaborates with various clients, taking a unique approach which maximizes the role of design in projects based on research findings.

His work has been collected at the Hong Kong M+ museum. He has also received many domestic and international awards, including the DesignMiami/ Swarovski Designers of the Future Award. In 2018, he was a GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2018 Jury Member.

Chiaki Hayashi/Loftwork Inc. Co-founder

Co-founded Loftwork Inc. in 2000, which rolls out the diversely projects including web, community, and spatial design initiatives. The agency operates multiple services: “FabCafe”, a digital manufacturing cafe, “MTRL”, a creative space for creators, and “AWRD”, a platform to promote co-creation with creators. She also serves as the Japan Liaison to the Director of MIT Media Lab, and CEO of Hidakuma. Hidakuma is a new form of public-private joint enterprise, which aims to create regional industries through traditional techniques and forest regeneration.

Message from the Award Chairman

Toshiya Fukuda
Hakuhodo Fellow / Chief Creative x Technology Officer, Osaka University of the Arts Professor of Design, Triple Seven Creative Strategies Co., Ltd. Representative Director, Co-Founder of FabCafe

Tokyo, Kyoto, Hida, Taipei, Bangkok, Barcelona, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Singapore, Monterrey. FabCafe is a creator’s cafe network, extending 10 locations around the world. At the FabCafes, unique creators gather, meet, pit their talents against each other, and give presentations on their ideas and creations every day. Since the beginning, the FabCafe Global Network has supported the birth of over 15,000 ideas by holding a various kind of creative workshops and events, all while also offering delicious coffee and comfortable spaces to relax.

The YouFab Global Creative Awards is a compilation of the year’s activities. Curators at each location call out to creators they have met and networked within that year to compile a number of impressive submissions from around the world. At the same time, we are discovering and supporting creators who are likely to change the next generation by recognizing and celebrating their unique works. The large number of YouFab winners so far are connected globally through winning the YouFab Award and their field of activities have expanded.

From Local to Global, Global to Local.

We believe that the next generation of talent is not only born from advanced research facilities or university labs, but also from small towns and communities around the world. The transmission from local to global returns results back to the local. Through this cycle, YouFab is ever becoming more supportive of the world’s creatives, as well as international creative businesses.

Sponsor Partners

Platinam Sponsor: Lion Corporation
Silver Sponsor: Trotec Laser Japan Co., Ltd.
Bronze Sponsors: Adobe
Bronze Sponsors: Autodesk Ltd.
Bronze Sponsors: The Ezoe Memorial Foundation

Collaborator: The Japan Foundation
Award Administration: Loftwork Inc.



FAB refers to the fabrication revolution that is taking the world by storm. The term FAB incorporates the meanings of both FABulous and FABrication, which is free from the constraints of mass production and market theory. The FabCafe shares the FAB spirit in a fun and user-friendly manner, while providing an open platform to support individuals in their creative efforts to make new things. FabCafe is a space where people can come together, and get to know and connect with each other. It houses a variety of digital fabrication tools including a laser cutter and 3D printer, which visitors can use to bring their digital data to life. FabCafe is where people can enjoy the thrill of making new things together and discover their own answer to the FabCafe question that we always ask, “What do you Fab?”

The FabCafe global network continues to expand. As of August 2018, there are 10 FabCafes in the world: Tokyo, Taipei, Barcelona, Bangkok, Toulouse, Hida, Singapore, Strasbourg, Monterrey and Kyoto.

About Loftwork Co., Ltd.

Loftwork is a creative agency that designs Web, content, communication, space, etc. through open collaboration.
"FabCafe", a digital manufacturing café that develops globally, a creative lounge "MTRL (Material)" facing materials, an online community "Loftwork dot com" registered by 25 thousand creators, a platform to accelerate creative learning "OpenCU It operates. By collaborating with the creator community around the world, we offer a wide range of creative services. (Company Profile)

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