Three Bemidji State University design students were honored by beMatrix at ExhibitorLIVE! 2018 in the fourth year that beMatrix has partnered with BSU to celebrate the ideas and mentor the talent of design students in the technology, art and design departments. This year’s winners were Kadie Amiot in first place, Hannah Sernett in second place and Angela Gereri in third place.
This competition allows emerging professionals the opportunity to showcase their design ability to professionals working in the field. The learning objective of this assignment is for students to apply an existing system as part of their exhibit design training in an exercise with real-world constraints. In the competition, the BSU students were to design a 30′ x 30′ pop up retail space for a sporting company that utilized the b62 Frame System. The exhibit was to be a safe and functional space that emphasized: learning, networking, marketing, sales, entertainment, and aesthetics.
We always really look forward to seeing the solutions they come up with,” says Robert Laarhoven, president, beMatrix USA. “In past years the creativity has blown us away. It is gratifying to see how much the BSU alumni on our team love mentoring and giving back.”
Professor Sachel Josefson oversees the project, and BSU graduates Emma Christen and Kyle Lucken from beMatrix mentor the competition. Christen spent a day at Bemidji State University giving a design workshop to the students to kick off the project and cover the details of the system in order to make this as realistic as possible to what they can expect after graduation.
Prizes included trips to ExhibitorLIVE! in Las Vegas and Atlanta for beMatrix Partner Training, as well as paid internship opportunities. Other opportunities include standing in BSU’s exhibit to show their portfolio, putting “beMatrix Design Challenge winner” on their resumes, and being recognized in the beMatrix monthly newsletter and on social media.
beMatrix is continuing their “25 Years of Frame” celebrations at EMS booth #407/409, May 14-16, in San Francisco, Calif.; at InfoComm, June 6–8, in Las Vegas; and at beAcademy, June 21-22, in Norcross, Ga. More activities will be announced later in 2018.
beMatrix, headquartered in Roeselare, Belgium, with production facilities in Roeselare, Norcross, Ga. and Hangzhou, China and sales and distribution offices in 61 countries, manufactures a Tooless, reusable frame system for the exhibit builder, general contractor and event producer industries. The same aluminum frame accepts both hard panel and fabric infi¬lls. Combining it’s new 360° design initiative and Tooless approach, The System is recognized for its quick and easy construction of walls, ceilings and doors. Used worldwide for exhibits, events, pop-up venues and displays, The System is complete with straight and curved frames, doors, counters, lighting and wall mounting accessories. The System is considered environmentally sustainable, providing endless reusability as the same aluminum frames are continuously recon¬figured and redesigned into new structures. The beMatrix factories support complete sustainability by recycling 100 percent of all waste created during the fabrication process. beMatrix and b62 are registered trademarks of beMatrix USA. For more info, visit www.beMatrix.com