HOT NEW NEXT is a dynamic competition celebrating the innovative ideas moving Pacific Northwest design forward. This Shark Tank-style program will offer contestants the chance to present a rapid-fire pitch of a compelling new design-related concept or product to an expert panel and live audience. Judges (and the audience) will vote, and regional winners (Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.) will be featured in GRAY magazine, receive off-site mentorship by our judges, and advance to the championship round — held on the GRAY Stage at IDS Vancouver — to compete for a cash prize and the designation of truly being the next big thing in Pacific Northwest design. Whether your idea is brand new, or a clever update to an existing product, all design disciplines are welcome — from architecture and furniture to interiors, fashion, tech, and beyond.

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Judging Panel:

Liz Boscacci, Senior Manager of Product Development, Design Within Reach
Amy Golden, Co-Owner, Paxson Fay
Kim Kovel, Sr. Material and Color Innovator, Nike
Linda Lowry, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at DSA Solutions
Jeffrey Valles, Residential Division Manager, Chown Hardware

***AFTER PARTY 8-10pm: Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway. Attending HOT NEW NEXT gets you in to the after party for drinks and snacks, a photobooth that puts you on the cover of GRAY, and exhibits of the competitors’ designs. Mix, mingle, and after-party the night away surrounded by design.

  • Monday, April 16

    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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GRAY magazine

GRAY is North America’s only magazine dedicated exclusively to design from the PNW. We support the community to push design forward!