Hatch Live is a new and fast-paced competition allowing product designers to showcase their talent. Bringing together the design community and an audience of design lovers, Hatch Live will take place at We Work Lounge in the Soho neighborhood of NYC starting on Saturday, October 19, 2013 and culminating in a final on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

The competition is a knockout tournament with a series of head-to-head matches. Competitors will aim to create a new product within a product category (e.g., seating, home storage) each match while also fitting within the bounding shape constraints (e.g., z,y,z dimensions). Up to 8 people will be selected to compete live. Product categories are shown in the Schedule and Results page.

Each match lasts 80 minutes and consists of 5 rounds. Two match wins gets you to the final and a guaranteed prize. Three match wins gets you all the way to the grand prize.

A team of judges will score each match for up to 75 points. Twitter votes from the public make up the final 25 points. The winner of each match based on a total possible score of 100 will be announced on the Tuesday following the match after Twitter voted have been counted./p>

Match Breakdown


Key Dates


Submissions open August 31, 2013
Submissions close October 4, 2013
Semi-finalists announced October 7, 2013
Match dates October 19, 2013
  November 2, 2013
  November 16, 2103
  November 23, 2013
Winner announced November 26, 2013



We love prizes almost as much as we love designers!

First Prize $4000
  Brunch and portfolio review with Dan Rubenstein, former Editor-in-Chief of Surface magazine.
Runner up $500
Shapeways Staff Favorite MAD Museum 'Designer in Residence':
  The Shapeways 'Designer in Residence' will spend six days working from Shapeways' 'Hands On' space in the 'Out of Hand' exhibition of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. The designers will have access to 3D software, 3D scanners and 3D printers to design and create their work whilst interacting with museum visitors.
Fan Favorite $200 Shapeways 3D printing credit

Judging Criteria


15% - Functionality (adherence to the product category and bounding shape requirements while also being manufacturable with 3D printing)

15% - Ingenuity in responding to opponent’s work

20% - Creativity & innovation

25% - Aesthetics

25% - Community support (Social media support via twitter voting)



In order to enter you must be a resident of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut and be over 18 years old.