The Challenge

“Package delivery. Join the revolution.”

We’re moving into a world where everything and everyone is connected. Customers are not only making decisions online, but also buying online which has made online shopping and e-commerce the norm, and a fast delivery time a priority. Around 25 million packages are being delivered throughout Europe every day (with approx. 12% annual growth rate). How can this growth become reality if traffic paths are already blocked, workforce shortage already exists today, even air traffic is coming to its limits and people are still getting more impatient to expect even shorter delivery times? It seems the entire logistics process is in need of a transformation…maybe even a revolution.

For the 2018 Logistic Design Competition, Toyota is challenging university students, and those who´ve recently graduated, to revolutionise the future of package handling and the logistics process. Toyota is searching for package delivery concepts. The concept should solve the problem, it's yours to design.

We challenge you to think about the possibilities of direct delivery to customers, abandoning the idea of the traditional supply chain. To think about how you would optimise the last mile each package delivers to the end customer. And to come up with a logistic solution that is fast, sustainable and most of all: revolutionary. This is your time to make your mark on the package delivery industry and win some cash prizes!

The Competition process

  • Register

    Get access to detailed instructions

  • Design

    Create the next generation of package delivery design

  • Submit

    Upload your submission by the deadline, 22 October

  • Develop

    Finalists develop further their submission with the help of the expert jury

  • Vote

    Submissions open for public voting

Work Submission

Submissions should consist of the following:

  • Concept title
  • A short description of the concept (max 150 words)
  • A presentation of the concept in PDF format
  • Photo of yourself or team (viewable to the public)

If you are selected as a finalist and invited to develop your concept further, we will additionally ask you to upload a single image to represent your concept. As a finalist you will also be able to submit optional documents of your concept in 3D, animations or video files.

Your file submission for the concept’s description should adhere to the following rules:

  • Surprise our judges with a visual concept that demonstrates quality and clarity throughout your design. Make sure to incorporate the Toyota heritage and its core product values and meet the judging criterias. The concept should also be innovative and environment-friendly.
  • The submission should consist of a single revolutionary design concept for package delivery, including visual sketches in PDF format (max 4 pages including cover page).
  • The work should be presented in A3 landscape layout and include a detailed description of the concept in English.
  • Only one entry per participant/team is accepted. Each participant/team can register only once.
  • Submissions must be the applicant’s own creation, must not be in production and must not have been previously published or exhibited.
  • For team entries, members must nominate a leader and contact person. The team leader is responsible for sharing the prize.


This competition is open to university design students and recent graduates (2017) of an accredited European university. Applicants can apply individually or in teams of up to three members. We encourage multi-disciplinary teams. When competing as a team pick a team leader who will be responsible for the registration and all communication regarding this challenge.

Although the competition is focused on industrial design, product design and transportation design, students with a background in business, fashion, engineering, architecture etc. are also encouraged to submit their work.

Only participants who belong to an accredited undergraduate or graduate university programme, or recent graduates (2017), are eligible to participate in the competition. Proof of enrollment (or graduation) will be requested of all finalists.


  • First prize:€5000
  • Second prize:€3000
  • Third prize:€2000

Public voting will award an exceptional idea with a special People’s Choice Award of €1000. The award will be given provided the winning submission is of sufficient quality and meets basic eligibility criteria.

Finalists will be invited to the prize ceremony at the CeMAT fair in Hannover, Germany held on April 24, 2018. All travel expenses will be covered by Toyota.

Additionally, all winners will have the opportunity to apply for a six-month paid internship at Toyota Material Handling Europe Design Center.

Note: All cash prize awards are paid gross/before income tax.

No prize alternatives or cash equivalents are offered. Prizes are non-transferable. The winner is solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to the acceptance of the prize(s).

Key Dates

Competition launch: April 5, 2017

Competition deadline: November 1, 2017

Finalists announced: December - February 26, 2018

Voting opens: February 6 - February 20, 2018

Winners announced: April 24, 2018

Screening Dates & Processes

Following the competition deadline, a panel of industry judges from Toyota Material Handling Design, R&D and Marketing will evaluate all complete submissions and will determine the finalists based on the judging criteria listed below.

Finalists will get feedback from the jury during the end of November and a chance to rework their proposals for the final jury session. Deadline for reworked submissions is 19th of January. The revised submissions will be presented on the competition’s website between February 6th- 20th. The public will then have the chance to vote for the submission they think should win the competition.

Experts and industry leaders will make the final decision and select the winners of the competition. Visit Prizes & Jury for more details about the jury (the jury will be announced in May).

The judges’ decision is final and cannot be appealed. The judges reserve the right to elect not to select a winner if a sufficient level of quality is not reached.

Judging Criteria

Each entry will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • How well it reflects the Toyota heritage and brand
  • Aesthetics
  • Sensitivity to the environment
  • Safety and user-friendliness
  • Innovation
  • Realistic to implement

Information about Toyota Material Handling Europe products, philosophy, heritage and brand is available on the Toyota Material Handling webpage. You can also find more information about the Design Center and Toyota products.

The competition organisers reserve the right to choose the winners at their sole discretion. Although not anticipated, competition rules and prizes may be changed or altered at any time.

Terms & Conditions

When registering an account, it is necessary to accept Sqores'(operated by Student Competitions AB) Terms & Conditions, which apply for all competitions organised by Sqore or Student Competitions AB.

These include:

  • All users must provide submissions that the user has created him/herself.
  • All users must provide personal information that is truthful and accurate.
  • Student Competitions reserves the right to exclude users at their sole discretion.
  • The winner is solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to the acceptance of the prize.

Intellectual Property Rights

The applicant warrants that the work submitted is his/her own creation and that the work does not include nor infringe any third-party intellectual property rights.

The applicant grants Toyota Material Handling Europe an exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, unrestricted right to use the work free of charge for any purpose.

The applicant grants to Toyota Material Handling Europe an exclusive option to, by April 27, 2018 acquire the intellectual property rights to the work. If Toyota Material Handling Europe does not exercise the option, the intellectual property rights shall be vested in the applicant and the applicant shall be entitled to use his/her work as of April 27, 2018.

The applicant acknowledges that the know-how, which is already within Toyota Material Handling Europe when the work was submitted or, which at a later stage and independently from the work will be developed by Toyota Material Handling Europe or, which Toyota Material Handling Europe otherwise benefits from, can be used without restrictions and that such use will not infringe the applicant’s intellectual property rights.

Use of the Applicant’s Personal Data

Toyota Material Handling Europe will use the personal data you submit in connection with the competition for
 the purpose of administering the competition and evaluating the work. If you have any questions with regard to the use of your personal data or want to amend your personal data, please contact Toyota Material Handling Europe Design Center at


The applicant hereby undertakes to keep secret and not to disclose to any third-party, and not to otherwise use the work submitted in this competition under these terms and conditions.

The applicant acknowledges that any disclosure to third parties of the confidential ideas included in the work may jeopardise the possibilities for registering the intellectual property rights to the work. In the event that the applicant has disclosed any such confidential ideas to third parties before submitting the competition entry, the applicant undertakes to inform Toyota Material Handling Europe immediately of the nature and extent of any such disclosure.

This non-disclosure undertaking shall remain valid until Toyota Material Handling Europe informs the applicant that Toyota Material Handling Europe will not exercise its option to acquire the intellectual property rights to the work according to section above.

No Reimbursement or Employment

Applicants are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs. The applicant’s participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.

Commercial Authorisation

By taking part in the competition, the finalists authorise Toyota Material Handling Europe to use their surname, forename, university name, photo and work for any commercial purposes.