Congratulations to Reza Rahimian, winner of the 2017 World Standards Day poster contest!
A total of 102 posters were submitted this year, of which nine were selected by the organizers to go up for public voting.
Rahiminian, who lives in Tehran, Iran, is an art director and advertising consultant. He holds a BA in Industrial Design from the Azad University College of Art and Architecture, and began his career as a graphic, web and industrial designer.
After hearing about the poster contest via the Institute of Standards and Industrial research of Iran (ISIRI), Rahimian went to work researching an element to represent intelligence (the brain) which he could mix with city symbols in order to come up with an original design that would illustrate the 2017 World Standards Day theme ‘Standards make cities smarter’.
Of the final design he says he decided on “a combination of interwoven lines in the brain as a recognizable symbol of intelligence, and a dense city map”. Added to that is “the use of the square as an accurate, stable, standard geometric shape and two complementary colours to provide a sense of perfection”.
His poster will be used worldwide to celebrate World Standards Day on 14 October 2017.
Standards make cities smarter
Don’t forget! The video competition is ongoing – submit your video/s by 14 August 2017 for a chance to win CHF 1 500.
This year’s theme is Standards make cities smarter and we are looking for the most inspired, creative illustration of how International Standards contribute to making cities smarter.
Think about how International Standards allow things to work safely and smoothly together at every level in cities – from travel to communication technologies, to waste management and cleaner energy. Read more on the #WorldStandardsDay2017 theme below.
The aim of the competition is to get you thinking about International Standards, because they often go unnoticed behind the scenes. The winning poster and video will be used to celebrate World Standards Day 2017.
How will my contribution be judged?
The three organizers of the competition, IEC, ISO and ITU, will get together and select the top 10 favourite posters and videos based on:
Relevance: does your poster/video clearly illustrate a way in which International Standards help make cities smarter?
Understanding: do you understand the impact of Standards developed by IEC, ISO, ITU on our lives?
Creativity and originality: we are looking for a variety of examples, so you will have more chance if you are not doing the same as everyone else
Comply with the rules and specifications below:
Once we have selected our top 10 favourites, we will put them up for vote on our social media channels, and then it will be up to the public to decide!
The deadline for poster submissions is 5 June 2017 and for videos 14 August 2017.
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Standards make cities smarter
Sufficient fresh water; universal access to cleaner energy; the ability to travel efficiently from one point to another; a sense of safety and security: these are the kinds of promises modern cities must fulfil if they are to stay competitive and provide a decent quality of life to their citizens.
Building a Smart City is highly complex. Every city faces its own challenges and requires its own mix of solutions. However, there is one common denominator that greatly simplifies this task.
International Standards support the development of tailor-made solutions that can be adapted to the particular circumstances of a given city. They contain expert knowledge and best practices, and are essential enablers in ensuring quality and performance of products and services. In addition, they drive compatibility between technologies and help users to compare and choose the best solution available.
Standards also open the door to a larger choice of products and services. They help increase competition and foster innovation. In a systems approach they enable the integration of structures or solutions from different suppliers.
International Standards make things work safely and smoothly together at every level in cities. They provide the foundation for electricity access and all the many devices and systems that use electricity and contain electronics. They support the information and communication technologies that enable data collection, exchange and analysis, and information security. Last but not least they provide important guidance for all aspects of city life, including energy-efficient buildings, intelligent transportation, improved waste management, building sustainable communities and much, much more.
With Standards, we can make our cities smarter, step by step. Individual islands of smartness can grow together and interconnect.
It is comforting to know that International Standards will support smooth and integrated Smart City development.