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Radical Innovation Award 2019 Competition
Total awards: 50000 $
Join 350 $

Info & Rules

Contest info


Radical Innovation, which challenges designers, architects, hoteliers and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality, is now accepting entries to its annual competition.

New in 2019, the competition will distinguish between built and unbuilt projects, in addition to honoring a select individual who challenges the hospitality community through the art of invention with the Innovator Award.

Finalists will be flown to New York City to compete in a live event held in fall 2019, where they will present their ideas. Audience members vote to determine the grand-prize winner, who takes home a $10,000 prize. The runner-up receives a $5,000 prize. The specific location of this event will be announced later in 2019.

The student winner, who is determined prior to the event by the jury, will earn a $1,500 prize and be invited to apply for a graduate assistantship in the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The total two-year value is estimated at over $50,000. The awarding of funds will be based on certain prerequisites that must be carried out by the potential recipient. Radical Innovation has sent two students to this graduate program with one, Yasmine Soliman graduating in Spring of 2019.

Radical Innovation works to empower creative thinkers across hospitality, travel and design. Through its annual competition, it mobilizes disruptors from around the world with the ideas to propel the industry forward.

  • Through a blind judging process, the jury will review all submissions entered online at RadicalInnovationAward.com.
  • All concepts will be judged on originality, creativity, design, feasibility, and quality of presentation.
  • Finalists will be shortlisted and the jury will mentor the concepts of their choosing.
  • Finalists will be flown to New York to present their ideas live at the Radical Innovation event in fall 2019, in front of a room of top hospitality, design and business leaders.

The Radical Innovation Award is organized by leading development services firm The John Hardy Group with support from founding sponsor Global Allies and media partner Dezeen.

Since its founding in 2006, Radical Innovation has awarded nearly $200,000 to its international network of creative talents who to push the boundaries of travel and hospitality.

Radical Innovation Award 2019 – Entry Fees

Entry is free for students. Professional entries cost $350 per entry for unbuilt projects and $550 per entry for built projects.

Number of winners




Start date

5 April 2019  -  30 April 2019


5 April 2019  -  30 April 2019





Grand prize: $10,000
Runner-Up: $5,000
Student: $1,500 & Opportunity to apply for a scholarship to the University Nevada Las Vegas’s graduate-level hospitality design program.
Competition finalists will be flown to New York to present their concepts during the Radical Innovation live event.
Winning projects have the chance to be incubated.


Age restriction: /

Available for citizens: Worldwide