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New York Festivals Torch Awards Announces the 2016 Mentors and Jury Panel

New York Festivals Torch Awards Announces the 2016 Mentors and Jury Panel

New York, NY – April 7, 2016: New York Festivals®  announces the 2016 Torch Awards mentors and jury panel.

The Torch Awards is a unique competition for 18-27 year olds that explores a different creative challenge each year and offers mentor training on how to pitch their idea. For the 2016 Torch Awards, NYF has partnered with The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the experiences of people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design.

2016’s Torch Award mentors were recruited from New York Festivals International Advertising Awards® Executive Jury of worldwide chief creative officers and executive creative directors.

The 2016 Torch Award Mentors

·         Lisa Bennett, Chief Creative Officer, TM Advertising  – USA

·         Frank Bodin, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Havas Worldwide – Switzerland

·         Valerie Cheng, Head of Creative, Facebook South East Asia – Singapore

·         Judy John, Chief Executive Officer / Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Toronto    – Canada

·         Josy Paul, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, BBDO – India

“It’s an honor to be selected as one of the mentors for the 2016 Torch Awards at New York Festivals,” said Josy Paul, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, BBDO India. “I jumped to it for selfish reasons. I get to interact with the future creative tigers of the industry on a real world project that can impact and transform people’s lives. What more can I ask for! It’s like being in Harvard and the UN at the same time.”

“I’ve always considered myself very lucky because I got to work with people who showed me the way,” said Valerie Cheng, Head of Creative Shop Southeast Asia, Facebook Singapore. “By brainstorming with them and watching how they presented, I’ve learnt faster by being with more senior people. I hope to do the same for the younger creatives because this ladder can be very hard to climb.”

2016’s Torch Award mentors will advocate for NYF’s commitment to the development of the next generation of creative talent by mentoring one of the five Finalist Teams invited to New York City to pitch their ideas to promote IHCD’s mission. Finalists will fine-tune their work during an intensive work session with their mentor, and then the teams will each have 10 minutes to pitch their idea to an exclusive jury panel.

Members of the Torch Awards jury were also recruited from the World’s Best Advertising® Executive Jury and The Institute for Human Centered Design.

The 2016 Torch Award Jury

·         David Angelo, Founder & Chairman, David + Goliath – USA

·         Lisa Fedyszyn, Associate Creative Director, Droga5 NY – USA

·         Helen Pak, CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Havas Worldwide – Canada

·         Nir Refuah, Chief Innovation Officer, McCann Erickson – Romania

·         Yasu Sasaki, Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Inc. / Dentsu Aegis Network – Japan

·         Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, Institute of Human Centered Design– USA

·         Willa Crolius, Director of User/Expert Lab & Coordinator of Public Programs, Institute of Human Centered Design – USA

·         Michael O’Rourke, President, New York Festivals – USA

“I’m quite excited to have the chance to take part in this year’s NYF Torch Awards. It’s always inspiring to see new creatives bringing a fresh approach and new thoughts to the industry.” Lisa Fedyszyn, Associate Creative Director, Droga5, New York 

“In this rapidly changing world of communication,” said Yasu Sasaki, Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Inc. / Dentsu Aegis Network, Japan, “I’m really looking forward to see what the young, talented, and digital native people come up with. I hope to learn a lot from them through the judging!”

Finalist teams will be announced on April 9th and will convene in New York City on May 18th. Finalists in the Inclusive Design Challenge will present their creative concept for a digital media showcase that presents the inclusive design progress and success stories. It will be a permanent fixture in the exhibit showroom at the IHCD headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Torch Awards 2016 Grand Winning Team will be announced live from the stage on May 19th at the New York Show during the awards ceremony in the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. For more information please visit the Torch Awards: HERE , or The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD): HERE.

New York Festivals Torch Awards for Young Creative Talent Announces 2016’s Finalist Teams

Finalists Teams Include Young Creatives from Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and the USA

New York, NY – April 26, 2016: New York Festivals® Torch Awards announced the 2016 Finalist Teams who will compete in the Inclusive Design Challenge taking place in New York City on May 18th. The Finalist Teams, comprised of 18-27-year old creatives from around the globe, will begin the day fine-tuning their work during an intensive work session with their mentor, a member of the New York Festivals Executive Jury, who will help them polish their pitch.

Finalist Teams will each have 10 minutes to present their idea to an exclusive jury panel, including representatives from The Institute for Human Centered Design(IHCD) and members of NYF’s 2016 Executive Jury. The 2016 Grand-Winning Team will be announced live from stage on May 19th at the 2016 New York Show℠ during the awards ceremony in the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

The 2016 Torch Award Finalist Teams and Mentors:
Team Arigatos – Japan / South Korea

Yuki Abe – Copywriter, Dentsu Japan
Yuto Fujita – Planner, Dentsu Japan
Doh Kim – Art Director, Cheil Worldwide South Korea

Marina Kobayashi – Creative Planer, Dentsu Japan

Mentor: Valerie Cheng, Head of Creative Shop Southeast Asia, Facebook – Singapore
TEAM ONGAESHI – Japan

Shoya Miyashita – Planner, Dentsu

Chika Otaka – Planner, Dentsu

Anna Saito – Art Director, Dentsu

Yuriko Yokouchi – Planner, Dentsu

Mentor: Lisa Bennett, Chief Creative Officer, TM Advertising – USA
TEAM OWLS – USA 

Summer Arrowood – Product Design student, Otis College of Art and Design

Alexandra Felix – Product Design student, Otis College of Art and Design

Mellanie Urquiza – Product Design student, Otis College of Art and Design

Mentor: Judy John, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Toronto – Canada

 

TEAM SPACE BAR – The Philippines

Jamie Cabatit – Art Director, TBWA/SantiagoMangadaPuno

Samantha Nicola Dedel – Art Director, TBWA/SantiagoMangadaPuno

Greg Hernandez – Copywriter, TBWA/SantiagoMangadaPuno

Denise Nicole Oyog – Copywriter, TBWA/SantiagoMangadaPuno

Mentor: Frank Bodin, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Havas Worldwide – Switzerland

 

TEAM THE BEST– USA

Sheuefang Lee – Art Director, BBDO

Christopher Vega – Copywriter, BBDO

Mentor: Josy Paul, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, BBDO – India

New York Festivals launched the Torch Awards in 2014 to champion young creative talent. The competition encourages creatives from the ages of 18-25 to take part in a unique competition that explores a creative challenge and offers mentor training on how to pitch their idea.

For the 2016 Torch Awards, New York Festivals® partnered with The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD). IHCD is dedicated to enhancing the experiences of people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design.

Finalists in this year’s Inclusive Design Challenge will present their creative concept for a digital media showcase that presents the inclusive design progress and success stories. The showcase will become a permanent fixture in their showroom at the IHCD headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.

Torch Awards Jury members will determine the Grand-Winning Team based on the following criteria: relevance to and understanding of IHCD brand and mission; a clear demonstration of campaign goals and strategy; adherence to the brief, including scope and budgets; and creative idea.

For more information on the Torch Awards please visit: HERE , or for The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) visit: HERE.

For more information on the New York Show events and gala or to purchase tickets please visit HERE

Students and Teachers may register for complimentary tickets to the New York Show Creative Sessions by visiting: HERE.

All press inquiries are welcome and should be directed to Gayle Mandel: gmandel@newyorkfestivals.com.  Ph: 1 212 643 4800

The New York Festivals International Family of Award Competitions…

Celebrating the World’s Best Work® since 1957!

AME Awards® | Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness

Global Awards℠ | Healthcare & Wellness Advertising

Midas Awards® | Financial Marketing & Advertising

New York Festivals® | International Radio Program Awards

New York Festivals® | International Advertising Awards®

New York Festivals® | International TV & Film Awards

Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go towww.newyorkfestivals.com.

About The Torch Awards
New York Festivals® created the Torch Awards as an expression of our commitment to the development and promotion of the next generation of creative talent. We’ve harnessed the power, knowledge, and experience of our World’s Best Advertising℠ Executive Jury to not only promote the mission of an important nonprofit organization, but also to help young creatives learn some of the most difficult exercises in the advertising industry.

About The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD)
The Institute for Human Centered Design: IHCD aims to bring greater visibility to the concept of inclusive design and shape an international action agenda now to minimize dependence and build a world where everyone can thrive. Changes aren’t possible without sharing knowledge and building grass-roots capacity, so our goal for 2016 is to find innovative ways to share the concept of inclusive design and the overwhelmingly positive impact it has for citizens of all nations.

Contact:  Gayle Mandel
New York Festivals
260 West 39th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY  10018
1 212 643-4800
gmandel@newyorkfestivals.com