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AUTODESK Australia has launched the Australian and New Zealand leg of its Asia Pacific Design Competition 2005, a new platform for designers, engineers and students to showcase their talents and be recognised for their creativity, innovative thinking and design expertise. Entry submissions for the competition are now open until October 30 2005.

The competition, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific, will be conducted both at the country and Asia Pacific levels, with two segments.

The industry segment of the competition is open to working professionals, amateur groups, companies and individuals,. Submissions will be accepted for any of the three separate categories - manufacturing design, civil design and building design. Contestants will be judged on design and technical excellence, creativity and innovation and business impact.

The education segment is open to the individual tertiary student or groups of students for participation.

All entries will be judged on their use of Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Civil 3D, or Autodesk Revit Building software in problem-solving and the aesthetic appeal of their entry designs.

"Whether designing the latest gadgets or buildings, we see more and more Australians and New Zealanders taking the lead in designing some of the world's most successful products and superstructures," said Autodesk's Vice President for South Asia Pacific, André Pravaz.

"Autodesk understands the value of turning great ideas into reality and we hope this competition gives young aspiring Australian and New Zealand designers due recognition and motivation."

An example of how designers with great ideas can impact society in a big way with Autodesk technology is the Freedom Tower project in New York City.

Interested contestants may request for free, trial software of Autodesk's latest family of cutting-edge 3D design solutions - Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Civil 3D or Autodesk Revit Building - from their Autodesk reseller or email sapac.mktg@autodesk.com. All contestants will enjoy hardware promotions from major sponsor Hewlett-Packard.

"HP is proud to be the sponsor of this competition," said Vice President, Workstations, HP Personal Systems Group, Asia Pacific & Japan, Li Li Chung.

“Like Autodesk, we are constantly looking for ways to support, contribute to and engage with the local design community through tools and technology that bring creativity to reality more effectively."

The competition will be conducted at two stages - the regional level and a pan Asia-Pacific level.

The regional level will see a competition in each of five geographies - Australia and New Zealand, ASEAN, Japan, Korea and China. Finalists from each geography will then automatically qualify for the pan Asia-Pacific competition.

At each stage, Autodesk will give away five awards in each of the three industry categories and another five awards for the education category.

Country-Level Competition

* Industry segment (same set of awards for each category):

1st Prize: US$2000 worth of prizes

2nd Prize: US$1000 worth of prizes

3rd Prize: US$800 worth of prizes

Consolation prizes (x2) - US$500 worth of prizes each.

* Education segment

1st Prize: US$1000 worth of prizes

2nd Prize: US$500 worth of prizes

3rd Prize: US$300 worth of prizes

Consolation prizes (x2) - US$ 200 worth of prizes each.

Asia Pacific-Level competition

* Industry segment (same set of awards for each category):

1st Prize: US$3000 worth of prizes

2nd Prize: US$2000 worth of prizes

3rd Prize: US$1000 worth of prizes

* Education segment

1st Prize: US$1500 worth of prizes

2nd Prize: US$1000 worth of prizes

3rd Prize: US$500 worth of prizes

Registration for the Autodesk Asia Pacific Design Competition is free at: www.autodesk-apac.com/design_competition. No purchase of Autodesk products is necessary for entry.

Students will be able to obtain entry forms from their respective universities and institutions of higher learning or from the competition website at: www.autodesk-apac.com/design_competition.

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