Last month, Onshape teamed up with FirstBuild and Giddy, engineering crowdsourcing platforms backed by GE Appliances, to launch the Drink Sink Challenge. The design competition was hosted on Giddy, a new mobile app where innovative product ideas come to life. We asked a group of creative product developers to imagine their dream kitchen appliance: a sink that incorporates an ice or beverage dispenser of their choice.
With little more to constrain them than that single sentence, the community responded with 19 amazing new product concepts ranging from a 4-flavor soda dispenser to a Keurig dispenser built right into the sink. Designers were assigned to consider all facets of the project, from the layout of the core components to the user interface. Participants created and shared their designs in Onshape, which we found especially valuable for its real-time collaboration. Instead of just receiving a CAD file at the end of the contest, our mentors could follow the progress of designs as they evolved and offer advice in the middle of the process.
The Giddy community met the Drink Sink Challenge with some of the most gorgeous and inventive designs we have seen on the platform yet. The entries truly moved the needle on what we can expect from our kitchen faucets in the near future, and were judged on three main criteria: marketability, usability and feasibility. Our winners were selected by product development experts Jay Mollovitsch, merchandising director for Lowe’s Home Improvement; Jake Miller, innovation manager for Delta Faucet; and Symon Harrah, creative leader of FirstBuild.
Without further ado, here are the winners of the Drink Sink Challenge:
First Place – “Delta Simple” by Austin Valley (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Austin’s design excelled in all three of our categories: usability, feasibility and marketability. It features an elegant user interface for selecting a beverage, with significant consideration for the functional system that provides the beverage. The Delta Simple design is attractive and useful, the perfect combination for the showroom floor.
Second Place – “Var” by Connor Kusich (Pleasanton, California)
Connor’s flexible design offers on-demand chilled and hot water at the kitchen sink. Designed for the demanding consumer looking for a cold glass of water or hot tea in an instant, “Var” is both beautiful and convenient.
Third Place – “Water+” by Kris Williams (Crozet, Virginia)
Water+ is a hot take on the single-serve coffee craze. Kris’s ingenious design eliminates the countertop appliance altogether, holding the refillable coffee grounds in a hopper right on the faucet.
Giddy Community Favorite – “Delta Drinks” by Andrew Wingert (Louisville, Kentucky)
We had a bonus category that was judged by our community of creators. The Giddy Community Favorite was determined by the most number of votes in any one of our emoji categories. Over one hundred voters tagged Andrew’s “Delta Drinks” design with creative emoji, which is a record high number of community votes.
A huge congratulations to all the prize winners and a big thank you for everyone's participation! FirstBuild and Giddy found Onshape to be an ideal partner for this challenge. In addition to using Onshape to model their beautifully rendered designs, our contestants were able to provide us secure access to their CAD documents—a single web link that allowed the sponsors, judges, and community to see the detailed designs. This is not possible with other professional CAD systems. Even cooler, by downloading the Onshape mobile app (Android or iOS), users could immediately access their entire CAD system and edit or view their designs on their phones!
Why We Launched the Drink Sink Challenge
Do consumers really need another drink dispenser? Well, the kitchen faucet is the best place to serve all of your favorite beverages. Think about it. You have a water source and a drain built into every kitchen. Sales of countertop beverage dispensers (for example, Keurig) have taken off over the last decade or so because people are looking for a diverse range of ways to hydrate. If we could build that functionality into the kitchen sink, we would be eliminating several of the single-purpose countertop devices that people love to hate. Everyone wants to declutter, right?
Well, it turns out that this is a more complicated problem than it seems. What beverages do people want to dispense from their faucets? How will the beverage feature be activated? If the device needs an extra heating/cooling system, where will it go, and how will it work? If you are an engineer or designer, you probably already have some ideas. Given the complexity of the problem, there are nearly infinite permutations. How do you find the best idea?
We live in a world overflowing with ideas, but frustratingly short on creative application of those ideas. Giddy was designed to apply the forward momentum needed to turn ideas into product concepts. In my experience, this forward momentum continues beyond the concept and into commercialization of new products.
While Giddy excels at fueling passion for turning ideas into products, its core benefit is to create a divergent solution space for complex problems. Everyone from the fledgling entrepreneur to the seasoned product executive has the same problem: Developing really innovative products is hard in a world of scarce time, people, and capital. For that reason, we tend to drive as fast as possible to a solution without giving full consideration to the range of possibilities.
Giddy is designed to quickly generate a large number of innovative product concepts in under a month. From these crowdsourced concepts, professional product developers can quickly narrow down the best options and move forward with better solutions than they would by only working internally.
Come check out Giddy and see for yourself. Download the app in the App Store or the Google Play Store. Once you’re in the Giddy app, check out our next endeavor, the “Smart Sip Challenge,” a quest to create precision beverage temperature control on-the-go. Looking forward to seeing your ideas!