Innovation is the motive power behind technology evolution. Innovation becomes truly meaningful to mankind when people, over a short period, make timely use of it to improve style and quality of life.


In the year 2001, LITE-ON Technology Corporation single-handedly launched the first annual LITE-ON Award. In the first decade, the Award, having successfully ignited the fire of innovation in thousands of young design talents, elevated themselves onto the world stage. Convinced that "Design is an art that might be mass produced," the 2006 LITE-ON Award started to branch out in a new direction by establishing a separate contest, "LITE-ON Special Award." For this new contest, a separate panel of judges was formed and division chiefs of LITE-ON Technology Corporation were named panel members. In 2009, LITE-ON firstly invited industry partner Bayer MaterialScience to join the LITE-ON Special Award. 3 years after, LITE-ON expand the competition scale to invite more heavy-weight partners such as 3M, ABB, DuPont and Philips to join. This year, LITE-ON joins hands with global leading companies—Merck, Infineon and Mouser Electronics to offer awards to young designers.


Unlike the LITE-ON Award, whose judges represent its international and inter-cultural character, "Special Award" emphasizes practical aspects of a fusion of science/technology with its application in industrial production and in marketing work. From the standpoint of the industry, designs of high innovative value that are suitable to mass production are selected. Selection of such designs points out a direction that young design students can profitably follow: give their innovative imagination a free rein to create designs that are both new and marketable.


"LITE-ON Special Award" will have its own panel of judges and will be independent of and run separately from the LITE-ON Award. Under the principle of "innovative practicality," no inspirational idea may be frittered away. "LITE-ON Special Award" examines closely these ideas and judges them on the criteria of production and marketability, such as feasibility and prospects of serial production and impact on the industry. Thus, designs suited to serial/ mass production and talents capable of producing such designs are selected and their latent capabilities cultivated. To do this effectively, LITE-ON Technology Corporation, as mentioned above, places its division chiefs and other senior executives on the panel of judges. These judges have a wide variety of expertise and strength in specialty fields, including engineering, research and development, industrial design, marketing and management.


Judges of LITE-ON Special Award rely on the following criteria to select winners: technical feasibility – 45%; creativity – 25%; design – 20%; and Research Background - 10%. In other words, “LITE-ON Special Award," while stressing technical feasibility, still places very high value on innovation and design.


The Judgment Procedure


LITE-ON Special Award is addition to the LITE-ON Award. A group of judges, including division heads from LITE-ON Technology and partners will carefully observe and grade all entries to select the best designs. Evaluations are made based on the merits of the designs, in terms of their mass production and marketing potential. Each partner has different fields of interests looking for excellent entries which fit their business core competence and corporate value



Merck Special Award – Future Smart Hospitals

Keywords: Smart Hospital, Artificial Intelligence, Precision Medicine,Telemedicine


The transformation for healthcare services to become smarter is a trending innovation topic among many industries around the world. This could include personal health management, the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases as well as caretaking. In addition to utilizing individualized smart devices, IoT, big data and AI technologies to help us improve the complicated physical and information workflows within the healthcare system, we also need to have a holistic view on the bigger picture in order to integrate novel solutions into actual practices.


Within this vision, hospitals will be the ultimate destination for all innovations to come together. Therefore, under the topic ‘Future Smart Hospitals’, this year we dedicate the Merck Special Award to ideas that would infuse future-oriented technologies into the existing realm of medical services. We invite you redefine healthcare by taking a deep dive into hospital organizations - from Outpatient Departments (OPD) and Inpatient Wards to Nursing Stations and laboratories – you are encouraged to form ideas around any process optimization opportunities that would create value for both patients and healthcare professionals.



Infineon Special Award—Part of your life. Part of tomorrow

Keywords: Renewable Energy, High Efficiency, Energy-Saving, Big Data, IoT, Smart Mobility, AI, 5G

Technology is changing the way we live our lives, regardless of the part of this networked world we live in. Semiconductor technology plays a central role in bridging the gap between the real world and the digital world . Infineon invites you to explore Quality Living, Shaping the Future and propose innovative solutions based on what you've learned, seen, and heard. We call for solutions based on macro trends around the world, such as population and social changes, climate change and resource shortages, residential urbanization, and digital transformation, that would make this smart city more efficient, innovative, environmentally friendly, and safe; for example: innovative hardware and software created due to the advent of an aging society; the utilization of renewable energy and energy-saving applications; solving the challenges that arise from urbanization; 5G and other next-generation communication technologies; big data and the AI era, etc. We look forward to your excellent work to help Infineon achieve its mission: We make life easier, safer and greener.



Mouser Special Award—Smart homes: Starting a New Life with Smart Appliances

Keywords: IoT, Wireless, Smart Technology, Energy Saving, Sensing

Smart homes are important nodes that combine to create “smart building” systems. Smart homes are closely related to the way people live. Higher levels of "smartness" in our appliances have greatly improved people's quality of life, and thus this topic has attracted much attention. Smart homes allow for "smart" control of systems and facilities, such as home appliances, air conditioning, lighting, and security. For air conditioning and lighting, increased system efficiency reduces energy consumption, while optimizing the internal environment through real-time control of temperature, lighting, and ventilation. For security, real-time image sensing and AI-based image recognition systems can be added to existing security systems, to ensure that access to the external and internal areas can be monitored and controlled, thus guaranteeing the protection of people and property.


The Panel of LITE-ON Special Award:

According to the evaluation criteria, Panel of Judges will select 12 excellent winning entries.


Panel of Judge:

The Panel of LITE-ON Special Award:10~15 division heads from LITE-ON Group and partners, will be invited in the Special Award selection meeting to give awards to appropriate entries.


Evaluation Criteria


A.Research Background:10%

Inspiration, theory and reference documentation, demand analysis, benefit comparison.

B.Design Presentation:20%

Innovation, environmental sustainability, aesthetics, ergonomics, user interface, design description.


Originality, marketability, creative inspiration description, sustainability in innovation).

D.Technical Feasibility:45%

Technologies that can achieve mass production within 3 years




Awards Prize Number of Winners
Merck Award of Honor Cash Award NT$ 30,000 and a certificate 1
Merck Special Award Cash Award NT$ 10,000 and a certificate 2
Infineon Award of Honor Cash Award NT$ 30,000 and a certificate 1
Infineon Special Award Cash Award NT$ 10,000 and a certificate 2
Mouser Award of Honor Cash Award NT$ 30,000 and a certificate 1
Mouser Special Award Cash Award NT$ 10,000 and a certificate 2
LITE-ON Award Cash Award NT$ 10,000 and a certificate 3


Notes : :

1. The number of awards will be calibrated according to the quality of entries in final selection.

2. All awards are subject to Taiwan personal income taxes. (10% for residents, 20% for non-residents)


Event Schedule


1. Registration Open End of February , 2020
2. Entry Submission Deadline June 23th , 2020
3. Special Award Selection July 8th , 2020
4. Mock-up Submission Due August 10th , 2020
5. Award Ceremony August 27th , 2020
6. International Design Forum August 27th , 2020


Mock-up Submission

Mock-up Construction:

Winner’s mock-ups will be produced by the vendor of LITE-ON Corp., and will be supplied with a production subsidy not to exceed NT$25,000 (inclusive of postal expenses and tax).

Mock-Up Submission

Please deliver mock-ups to the address below. Contestants unable to deliver their mock-ups in person should mail their mock-ups, with the postmark serving as verification of mailing. Late submissions will be disqualified. Contestants bear all responsibilities for any damage incurred during shipping.

Mock-up submissions should be sent to:

15F.-3, No. 1, Fuxing N. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City 105, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

LITE-ON Award Committee



Mr. Chen

T:886-2-2708-9090 #221


Essence Communications Consultant Co.

15F -3, No. 1, Fuxing North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


Mock-up Specifications:

1. Mock-up dimensions should not exceed 300mm x 300mm x 300mm (Length x Width x Height) and should be constructed on a 1:1 scale. If the original design of the entry exceeds these dimensions, mock-ups should be proportionally reduced in accordance with the specified dimensions.

2. If you feel that your mock-up needs to exceed these dimensions, please contact Miss Lai

3. Mock-ups must display the logo, which may be printed, engraved, or otherwise marked on the piece.