ENTRY PERIOD 2019.8.1 - 10.31



YouFab Global Creative Awards 2019







Emerging from the space between the old and new OS

Whenever I look at events and revolutions that are shaking up the world, I relive the feeling that systems from an older era are finally approaching their limit. Regardless if we are thinking of issues in business, culture, or politics, it has become more and more challenging to address them through a stream of constant updates, and the limitations of the entire system have become increasingly apparent. When people perceive this to be a minor issue and attempt to find a solution to it, they are led to a myriad of problems entrenched in the entire industry, issues with the legal system, or even problems associated with deep-rooted mindsets, which often result in them ultimately losing sight of the actual site of the problem itself.


The YouFab Award seeks and evaluates works that promote the asking of new questions and push the limits of current 'Fab' models.We want to challenge the status quo, fight “sound judgement”, and hack “common sense”.
We look forward to gathering works that align to this spirit with great anticipation.
YouFab is category-free. All works are acceptable for submission, whether they fall under the category of art, performance, architecture, or a multidisciplinary area. Products and services are also acceptable.
If the work is in it’s draft or prototypal stage, we will base our evaluation on the way it has been attempted and it’s future potential.
Works that have already been published or released are encouraged. Applications from individuals, groups, and/or businesses are permitted.


  • Chiaki Hayashi

    Chiaki Hayashi

    Loftwork Inc. Co-founder

    Chiaki Hayashi

    Chiaki Hayashi

    Loftwork Inc. Co-founder

    Co-founded Loftwork Inc. in 2000 and currently serves as its representative director. Loftwork is a new style of creative agency that boasts a network of over 25,000 creators. Each year Loftwork rolls out over 200 projects including web, community, and spatial design initiatives. Loftwork also operates the digital fabrication cafe, FabCafe. Hayashi pioneered the adoption of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guidelines in the creative industries in Japan, and has penned the book Web Project Management Standards. Hayashi is Japan Liaison to the Director of MIT Media Lab, a member of the Good Design Awards Screening Committee, and a member of the Manufacturing Industry Subcommittee of METI's Industrial Structure Council Committee.

  • Kei Wakabayashi

    Kei Wakabayashi


    Kei Wakabayashi

    Kei Wakabayashi


    Kei Wakabayashi was born in 1971 and spent his early childhood in London and New York. After graduating from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in French Studies at Waseda University, he joined Heibonsha, and became part of the editorial department for "Gekkan Taiyo." In 2000, became an independent editor. Afterward, he edited a wide range of publications, including magazines, books, and exhibition records, and became active as a music journalist. He was assigned as the Chief Editor for the Japanese edition of "WIRED" in 2012, and left the post in 2017. In 2018, he launched blkswn publishers, Inc. and authored the book, "Sayonara Mirai" (Goodbye, Future), published by Iwanami Shoten (April​ 2018).

  • Leonhard Bartolomeus

    Leonhard Bartolomeus

    Artist collective ruangrupa & Gudskul Ekosistem

    Leonhard Bartolomeus

    Leonhard Bartolomeus

    Artist collective ruangrupa & Gudskul Ekosistem

    Leonhard Bartolomeus (Barto), was born at 1987 in Depok, Jawa Barat, Indonesia. He studied Ceramics at Jakarta Institute of Art. Works as an independent curator, and also part of ruangrupa dan Gudskul Ekosistem--an open educational platform focusing on collective practice. His curatorial projects are mainly addressing historical issues, but in recent years he started to focus on open education and collaborative projects. At 2013, his first book “Publik dan Reklame di Ruang Kota Jakarta” alongside with co-author/editor at Karbonjournal.org, published. Alongside with several curators in Jakarta, Semarang, and Surabaya, he formed a curatorial collective called KKK (Kolektif Kurator Kampung). In 2019, he joined the curatorial team in Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM). Lives and works in Yamaguchi, Japan.

  • Keiichiro Matsumura

    Keiichiro Matsumura

    Okayama University Literature Department Associate Professor

    Keiichiro Matsumura

    Keiichiro Matsumura

    Okayama University Literature Department Associate Professor

    A cultural anthropologist. The professor's research includes conducting field work in the farm villages of Ethiopia and cities the Middle East, studying the wealth distribution and the development of poverty and assistance. He continues to photograph women who migrated from Ethiopia to the Middle East. The professor has received awards and accolades for the following work: Recipient of the Promotion of Research in Developing Countries Awards for "Anthropology of Wealth Ownership and Distribution" (Sekaishisosha Co., Ltd.) in 2009 and the Serizawa Prize for the same in 2010; Recipient of the Special Prize in the Mainichi Cultural Publication Awards for "Shame in Anthrology" (Mishima Publishing Co.) in 2018. Additional works and compilations of his include "The Basic 30 Volumes of Cultural Anthropology" (The Humanities Academy) and "Thoughts on Cultural Anthropology" (Sekaishisosha Co., Ltd.).


  • Grand Prize
    Trophy / Prize 1000 USD

  • First Prize
    Trophy / Prize 500 USD

  • Student Category Award
    Certificate / Prize 300 USD

  • General Category Award
    Certificate / Prize 300 USD

  • Special Prize
    Certificate / 1000 - 3000 USD

  • Finalists x Several Award



YouFab offers a special award focusing on a specific issue.
Applicants who would like to apply their work to the Special Prize can submit their application simultaneously with the YouFab 2019 application.



Last year, we received 157 entries from 32 countries





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Loftwork Inc.




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