Students invited to compete in BillerudKorsnäs’ design competition PIDA

Awaken the senses with sustainable, innovative and functional packaging

Image via BillerudKorsnäs
Image via BillerudKorsnäs

What makes a packaging concept not only functional and visually appealing, but also able to interact with our senses when it comes to sound, touch, taste, or smell? That’s the challenge for this year’s design students in BillerudKorsnäs’ Packaging Impact Design Award, PIDA. A competition aiming to highlight young talents and their ideas – but also to push the development of packaging design even further.

This year PIDA offers a new, modern and digital format, that enables a larger audience to be part of this exciting event. PIDA stands for innovation, creativity, and youthful curiosity. This is where we meet the packaging designers of tomorrow, who challenge the conventional and truly awaken the senses.

This year’s event is the 16th event since the start of the competition back in 2005 and the competition has engaged thousands of students throughout the years. This year we are not only developing the competition into a modern, digital event, but we are also expanding geographically by including design schools in the USA in the competition. During May and June, BillerudKorsnäs will host the competition at four events: Sweden, France, Germany, and a joint event for the UK and the USA. In September, an international winner will be selected in a Grand Finale at Luxe Pack Monaco.

“When we launched PIDA, we wanted to challenge the conventions of the industry and drive the development of packaging design forward. This is why we chose to highlight young new talents and their ideas. Our hope is that their creativity and smart solutions would contribute with inspiration and new thinking for the whole industry. Which is something that the students have really lived up to. Over the years we have seen loads of smart and innovative packaging solutions, and naturally, expectations are high this year as well,” says Lena Dahlberg, manager of Application Development Paperboard at BillerudKorsnäs.

“The brief this year is Awaken the Senses, which encourages the students to create a sustainable, innovative, and functional packaging concept that stands out compared to the conventional applications that we find in stores today. The packing needs to engage our senses. It can be about making an impression through smell, sound, or tactile experience,” says Dahlberg.

“Awaken our senses,” is a big trend on Youtube. Unboxing videos where consumers unbox a product while smelling, touching, rustling, and studying every little graphical detail is a frequently seen phenomenon in social media.

BillerudKorsnäs on new concepts of packaging

Packaging that speaks to our senses is a fast-developing trend. In the future, we can expect packaging concepts with sound effects, visual illusions, and augmented reality. In an increasingly digital world, the packaging needs to stand out and in the interaction with consumers speak to all their senses,” says Anders Gathu, Marketing manager Cartonboard, at BillerudKorsnäs.

Students compete in four different categories: sustainability, user-friendliness, innovation, and ‘Gold Award – winner of all categories.’ The jury at each individual event consists of experts from the industry. The Gold Award winners of the four PIDA events will meet in an international grand finale at the prestigious packaging trade show LuxePack in Monaco this autumn. The winning team in the final will be invited to participate in a design summit in Frövi, Sweden later this year.

Packaging Impact Design Award 2021
Packaging Impact Design Award 2021

“PIDA offers a win-win situation for students as well as for the audience. Aside from the actual competition, PIDA offers a unique opportunity for the participating students to create relationships and build themselves a network within the packaging industry – while the audience gets to enjoy an enlightening and entertaining event filled with inspiration, creativity, and innovation,” says Gathu.

For more information on PIDA, please contact, Anders Gathu, Marketing manager, BillerudKorsnäs – or Lena Dahlberg, manager Application Development Paperboard, BillerudKorsnäs –

PIDA events 2021

PIDA USA & UK: 19 May

Participating schools, USA: Rutgers University, New Jersey, and Clemson University, South Carolina

Participating schools, UK: Ravensbourne University

PIDA Sweden: 20 May

Participating schools: Brobygrafiska, Linköpings universitet, Mittuniversitetet, and Nackademin

PIDA France :15 June

Participating schools: FS Pack, ESIREIMS, ESEPAC, and IUT Reims

PIDA Germany: 16 June

Participating schools: Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart, and Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und

Kultur, Leipzig

PIDA Grande Finale: 27 September, Luxe Pack Monaco

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