The Rado Star Prize Spain 2018 is provided by The Swatch Group (España) S.A. ( Rado Division), a Company with a registered address at Calle Yuca, 2, 28109, Alcobendas, Madrid   (hereinafter “Rado”), in its capacity as Official Sponsor of Madrid Design Festival 2018.

Organised by RADO and under our responsibility, the RADO STAR PRIZE SPAIN supports jointly with Madrid Design Festival the realisation of an original, innovative project.

The Rado Star Prize Spain 2018 aims to support a design student/non-professional designer in starting a career in design in Spain. A Jury of professionals from the world of design will be responsible for selecting the winning entrant for the RADO STAR PRIZE SPAIN.

Selection criteria are: use of innovative materials, originality and personality. Any design including a design relating to a watch or to any other watchmaker’s instrument will not be accepted or considered.



Competition entries should consider the theme ‘Design Meets Time’. The timeless quality of a product, longevity, or how long a product takes to make all have an impact on the design process and choice of materials.

Rado is searching for innovative, cutting-edge design pieces that consider time in either a conceptual sense or material approach – for example how the object is made, or what it is made from. Entries will be considered from the interior, industrial and technology design mediums. Please note, entries for watches or timepieces will not be accepted.



The competition offers two prizes:

THE JURY PRIZE (Winner of Rado Star Prize Spain 2018)

  • A cash prize of 5.000 €;
  • A presentation of the winning Entry on Rado Watch Co. Ltd.’s website (www.rado.com) and social media channels of Rado; and
  • A Rado True Face watch, designed by Oskar Zieta, with a SRP of 2.260 € (the watch is not redeemable for cash and cannot be exchanged).
  • Subject to the winner residing outside of the Comunidad de Madrid area, economy travel and one -night hotel accommodation will be provided, with a contribution made towards subsistence.


  • A Rado True watch with a SRP of 1.620 € (the watch is not redeemable for cash and cannot be exchanged).

10 Shortlisted Finalists and a winner of the Rado Star Prize Spain 2018 will be selected by a specialist jury. All Shortlisted Finalists will have the opportunity to display a prototype of their entries for the public to vote the winner of the Prix Du Public Prize, held at the Rado Lounge at COAM, Madrid from 14 until 18 of February during the Madrid Design Festival.



Entry process and requirements

To enter the competition each entrant must visit the Rado Star Prize Spain website (http://radostarprize.rado.com/spain) and submit:

  • their name, address, email address and a short biography (max 600 characters including spaces and characters)
  • the field of design of the entry
  • a short description of the existing prototype of the entry’s design (within the pre-defined field - max 2000 characters including spaces and characters).
  • Minimum 2, and up to 4 visuals / technical drawings / concept ideas of the design entry (max 5 MB. Minimum 800 px width. Ideally landscape. Format: jpeg, png and/or tif.) Up to a maximum of 50% of the submitted visuals/technical drawings/concept ideas may be clearly marked as ‘confidential’ (e.g. CAD drawings) and which will therefore not be used for publicity by either Rado or Madrid Design Festival.

Entrants not fulfilling these Terms and Conditions as well as those entering a false name or address may be disqualified.

Entrants must:

  • be over 18 years of age and resident of Spain
  • not be a professional designer or employed as a designer in any capacity
  • be a final year student or recently graduated from a recognised institution or otherwise possess a natural talent for design
  • only enter one design; i.e: only one participation per entrant

Entries will be accepted from the following fields of design: Product design, Graphic design, Industrial design, Interior design, Lighting design and Technology design.

Entries will not be accepted from any design incorporating a design for a watch or other timepiece will not be accepted or considered or from a group or collaborative entry.

All designs must be the original work of the Entrants.

The entry´s design has to be already produced at the time of entering the competition.

Designs cannot be previously commercialized.

Closing date for entries is January 10th 2018 at 15:00h.

Submissions can be made electronically only and as such will not be returned to the Entrants.

Entrants are required to submit entries in a readable format. Any entry that is corrupted and/or unreadable will not be included with the competition for judging. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to ensure that the submissions are free from any viruses.

Rado will be responsible for the reasonable safety of all submissions received and will confirm receipt via email with an individual reference number.

Rado is not responsible for disappointment suffered by any person not being able to take part in the competition for technical reasons outside of Rado’s control (eg: insufficient internet access at the private/public place from which a person wishes to submit their entry) and Rado will not be liable for entries into the competition that are lost, misdirected, delayed or corrupted, for technical reasons or otherwise.

Entries will not be accepted from any employees of Rado, of any of Rado’s affiliates and of commissioned agents and agencies, employees of Madrid Design Festival as well as persons living in the same household with such employees are not eligible to enter this competition nor are they allowed to carry out, assist or consult in any way an entry to the competition. Similarly, relatives of a jury member (including but not restricted to design firms, teams, family members etc.) are not eligible to take part in the competition. Any such persons entering will be immediately disqualified from the competition.

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to participate in or win the Rado Star Prize Spain 2018 competition.



Prizes are not transferable and no alternative prizes or cash equivalent are available.


Jury Prize

The jury, made up of professionals from the world of design and from Rado Watch Co. Ltd., and jointly selected by RADO and Madrid Design Festival,  will evaluate the designs submitted and select the ten Shortlisted Finalists and out of those ten, the winner of the competition. Rado reserves the right to substitute a member of the jury due to illness or unavailability.

While Rado will be the point of contact between the Shortlisted Finalists and the jury, and will ensure that any identifiable personal data will not be disclosed to the jury prior to the winner of the Jury Prize being selected. All judging decisions will be anonymous.

The jury’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No information about the jury’s decision or deliberation process will be made public.

The Rado Star Prize Spain website (http://radostarprize.rado.com/spain) will be open for submissions from November 15th 2017 and the closing date for entries is January 10th 2018 at 15:00h.

The 10 Shortlisted Finalists will notified by Rado, either by phone or email on  January 23rd 2018 and required to acknowledge receipt of the notification and confirm that they are able to provide and deliver the prototype to a Spain address, on a date which will be specified  on notification. Failure to do so will result in an alternative Shortlisted Finalist being selected.

10 Shortlisted Finalists will be selected by the Jury, and will be invited to provided and deliver the prototype (at their own cost) to, to be exhibited at Rado Lounge in COAM.

Rado will invite all of the 10 Finalist to participate in the Rado Star Prize Gala on February 15th 2018 at Rado Lounge in COAM where the winner of the Jury prize will be announced using their first and last name with their winning design 1) on the Rado Star Prize website, 2) on rado.com 3) on Rado’s Official Facebook Page 4) via Rado Twitter 5) via Rado Instagram page and Madrid Design Festival’s social media channels.


Prix du public prize

This PRIX DU PUBLIC PRIZE voting will take place during Professional Encounters in COAM from 14 to 18 February 2018. The Public Prize will be voted form the 10 Shortlisted Finalists selected by the Jury.

The Shortlisted Finalist who receives the most votes from the public will receive the PRIX DU PUBLIC Prize.

After the conclusion of the Rado Lounge at COAM, Rado do will return the prototypes to the Shortlisted Finalists at its cost.

The winner of the PRIX DU PUBLIC Prize will be notified by email in February 2018. The first name and surname of the winner, and their design will be announced on: the Rado Star Prize website, the homepage of the Rado official website, the Official Rado Facebook page, the Rado Twitter account, the Rado Instagram page, and Madrid Design Festival’s social medial channels.
Prizes are not transferable and no alternative prizes or cash equivalent are available.


Publicity and reproduction of images/Entry information

Entrant is aware that by uploading his/her design to the Rado Star Prize website that any third party may have access to the design and could use it unlawfully. Rado cannot control such unlawful third party use. Entrants waive any right to claim from Rado damages for any third party use. Up to 50% of the submitted image(s) can be specified as confidential. If this is clearly noted, Rado and Madrid Design Festival will use the image solely for the judging process, and not for public promotion.

By submitting their design, Entrants confirm that they are the authors of such designs. In addition, Entrants confirm that their design does not show any content that is otherwise unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory or vulgar, or which infringes any trademark, copyright, design or other right of any third party. Entrants will hold Rado and its officers, employees and affiliates harmless from and against any losses, claims, damages and costs resulting from any violation of these terms.

Entrants whose entries do not comply with the above terms or which are rude, abusive or deemed otherwise unsuitable will be excluded from the competition.

The intellectual property rights of the design shall remain the property of the Entrants. It is the responsibility of the Entrants to protect the intellectual property of his/her design before entering the competition if deemed necessary. Rado will not be liable for infringement of any intellectual property of third parties once the designs are in the public domain.

By submitting their design, all Entrants – including those not selected as Shortlisted Finalists or winners – grant Rado a royalty free worldwide right in perpetuity to use their entry for marketing purposes only without granting Rado any right to change or reproduce the design. This right of use will begin on the day the winners are announced and will continue for (ten) years. Irrespective of Rado’s right to use the entries for marketing purposes in relation to the Rado Star Prize, the prize money does not include remuneration for the use of the Entrants’ intellectual property rights.

By  clicking the “accept” button to  these terms & conditions while entering your data for the competition  you have given express consent to us to publish your first name and surname and country of residence and any photographic images taken of you on our websites, within magazines and/or press releases and that you will co-operate with us in any publicity arising from the competition and in addition that we may send you emails for purposes related to the competition as well as marketing emails, subject to your right to refuse such emails at any time. Personal information provided by and related to the entrants will be held and used by us, and our group companies, suppliers and contractors in the extent necessary for carrying out and administering this Competition. The personal data provided by the participants will make part of a database for use of data to the said purposes, being Data Processor The Swatch Group (España) S.A (División RADO), with registered address at Calle Yuca, 2, 28109, Alcobendas, Madrid  where the access, cancellation, amendment or opposition rights can be exercised. Furthermore, if you object to having your personal details used or you may have any doubt regarding the process, please contact us at radostarprize@madriddesignfestival.com

Rado reserves the right to amend these rules at any time, and to modify, suspend or terminate the competition in the event that it becomes infected by a computer virus or otherwise technically impaired.

These Rules are governed by and will be construed in accordance with the laws of Spain, without regard to any conflict-of-law rules. In the event of any disputes, you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Madrid, Spain.