Shortlist entrants will be contacted via email no later than August 9, 2017. Keep an eye out for this email as you will need to respond within 72 hours of the date of the notification.
Perky-Pet® invites industrial and product design students to rethink wild bird feeders. If you love backyard birds and good design, this is an opportunity to showcase your design expertise and imagination.
Show us your concept for a wild bird feeder that will attract flocks of birds to yards and gardens. Design a wild bird seed feeder that combines function and flair with originality and manufacturability.
Academic design students enrolled at any university in any country.
Undergraduate and graduate industrial design students enrolled in a degree program at any university in any country may enter. Participation is free of charge.
Competition is open to individuals or teams of two.
If a team project is selected as a winner the team splits the cash award.
Win a cash prize: Judges allocate $3,000 in prizes to top three design competition winners. An additional $1,000 is donated to the school attended by the 1st place winner.
Get recognized: This is a chance to show off your talent, get recognition from peers and pique the interest of companies looking to hire innovative designers.
1st place - $1500
2nd place - $1000
3rd place - $500
Phase 1: Begins April 11, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EDT and ends on August 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Phase 2: Begins August 9, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EDT and ends on September 8, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Marko’s life-long interest in machinery led him to pursue a career in engineering. He graduated with high honors from California Polytechnic State University with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a concentration in polymers and composites. Marko also earned an Associate’s degree in Electronics Technology from Monterey Peninsula College in California.
After graduating, Marko put his passion for machinery and engineering to good use. Over the years, he worked in different industries, including hot melt high-speed packaging equipment, truck bodies and accessories, high-speed printing presses, telephone and fiber optic cabinetry, aluminum semi-truck trailers, and aftermarket automotive parts.
Marko was hired as the Product Development Manager for Woodstream Corporation in 2007. Following five years of service, innovation, and support in that position, Marko was promoted to Director of Product Design Engineering. Today, Marco provides all technical and engineering oversight to a staff of 12 engineering professionals.
During his tenure at Woodstream, Marko has been named on 28 patents, including the unique “float-style” nectar base for Perky-Pet hummingbird feeders.
As a child, Luke was fascinated with how things worked. His curious nature drove him to take things apart in order to visualize better designs. Influenced by his father, a mechanical designer, Luke grew up easily navigating CAD programs.
Today, Luke is still absorbed with how things work. After earning a B.S. in Industrial Design from Philadelphia University, Luke worked in different positions within the field of Industrial Design. His experience includes collaborating with designers to create innovative retail environments and merchandising solutions, product design and product testing.
Luke is currently an Industrial Design Engineer at Woodstream Corporation for Perky-Pet®, Mosquito Magnet®, Victor®, and TERRO® brands. In this position, he generates designs around how both humans and animals interact with birdfeeders, and pest control products. In one year Luke has generated two patents – one is pending, and one was recently granted. The approved patent is for an oriole feeder bee guard. After observing bees drowning in nectar, and discovering there were a large amount of bees dying around the world, Luke understood that there was a design solution. He went to a local farmer who owned an apiary, (a series of man-made bee hives) and was able to borrow bees to test various port concepts. His patented design prevents bees from entering the ports on oriole feeders and drowning.
Luke’s advice to industrial design students? “Whatever you’re doing, submerse yourself in it. When I started designing birdfeeders, I never really fed birds too much. Now I enjoy it and have a few feeders on my balcony. My favorite feeder is the Perky Pet® Double Decker Panorama.”
From a young age, Amber knew she wanted to be involved in the arts. Her love of artistry was nourished by her Grandmother, who would take Amber on weekly outings to the local craft store to explore different arts and crafts projects. In high school, Amber was set on being an Art teacher, until her counselor encouraged her to take the newly offered graphic design class. These early influencers eventually led to Amber earning a B.S. in Graphic Design-Communication at Philadelphia University.
After graduating, Amber held positions as a graphic designer for an art materials manufacturer, a project manager for a web and graphic design firm, and an administrative role with an engineering firm.
These days, Amber is the graphic designer packaging associate for Perky-Pet® where she designs bird feeder packaging as well as retail displays and signage. Though she considers herself a true country girl (her passion outside of work is line dancing), it wasn’t until she landed her current position that she became truly interested in birding. Now, she has grown to loves hummingbirds and learning interesting facts about them - such as, when sleeping, a hummingbird’s heartrate drops so low it almost seem lifeless. Who knew?
When asked what accomplishments she would like to share with design students, Amber opened up. “In my career, I’m very proud of the fact that I designed, project managed, sourced, and developed a four-foot duct-tape section for Dollar General. The design was rolled out in every Dollar General store, which totals more than 2000 stores. My advice for design students would be not to limit yourself to only learning the design side of a business - learn as much as you can about the industry you are designing for.”
After spending several years studying and working in Europe, Vyoma came to the United States with a passion for marketing and business development. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising (Applied Art) from University of Mumbai, her love for her craft led her to further her education. Today, with an M.B.A in Marketing/Finance from Rutgers Business School, Vyoma brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to her profession.
Vyoma is currently the Wild Bird Feeders Category Development Manager at Woodstream Corporation. Prior to this role, Vyoma held a number of positions at Woodstream, with increasing amounts of responsibility. As an Online Marketing Supervisor she led traffic acquisition campaigns to increase consumer engagement. As the Ecommerce Manager, Vyoma employed strategies to develop markets in the US, Canada and Europe.
Today, Vyoma leads the charge for new product development, marketing, sales and brand management for Perky Pet® and NO/NO® - robust brands that are recognized as world leaders in the wild bird feeding category.
As a youngster Stewart was interested in chemistry and was particularly fascinated with fireworks. In the 6th grade, he started his first company, S&B Pyrotechnics, selling fuses and casings through a handmade catalog. His customers included his family and neighborhood friends. Sales were exploding but the young company sort of went up in smoke when the lab in the family garage caught fire.
Fast forward 10 years. With a chemistry degree safely in hand from Missouri State University, Stew landed his dream job with Whitmire Research Laboratories (now BASF Corporation). He spent the next 20+ years there, developing multiple new product formulations, innovative delivery systems, and application devices for the professional pest control industry – many of which are still in use today.
When Stewart saw a gap in the marketplace for easy-to-use and affordable pest control solutions for consumers, he left Whitmire to join Senoret Chemical Company as their Director of Research and Development. During his tenure at Senoret, Stewart developed and launched 22 new products and designed multiple landmark application delivery systems.
Today, Stewart works as a consultant, where he continues to develop new products and design innovative application devices. When not in his lab, Stewart can be found with his wife on their tandem bike, riding through the French Alps, Bayou Country, along the shores of Lake Michigan or in their hometown of St. Louis, MO.