YouFab Global Creative Award 2019 Exhibition and Awards Ceremony

With roots in the narrative of “Fab” initiated by Loftwork and FabCafe, YouFab Global Creative Awards aim to foster a global network of creators unlimited by genre. In the 2019’s 8th edition, 20 winners were selected from record highest 285 works from 43 countries.

The Overview of YouFab2019 Winning Works

In December 2019, a panel of judges gathered to select the winning works. After a strict and fair examination of the entries with this year’s topic, “Conviviality”, in mind, a diverse group of judges have made their choice. Rather than focusing on the use of technology and level of completion, they awarded works that valued process and approach without fixating on the goal, works that realized the openness of variability. This year’s lineup of works showed a number of new ways to interpret Fab, ranging from such intangible concepts as creating a space for conversation or a Make-a-thon, to a poetic robotics research and exhibits discussing the problem of military bases in Okinawa.

A comment from YouFab Global Creative Award 2019 Chief Judge, Kei Wakabayashi:
“We had to set Fab free from the concept of ‘making things’ and try extending our thoughts to the ‘way of creating’ new places, systems, relationships between people. Once we adopted this point of view, the division between the digital and the physical or the burden of having to value the technology itself simply disappeared. I feel that the works awarded at YouFab will assume great significance as they symbolically express how society will develop in the 2020s.”


YouFab Global Creative Award 2019 Winning Works

▪️ Grand Prize

”Penta KLabs”
Artist: Collective Hysteria(Indonesia)

Art biennale organized regularly since 2016 in Semarang, Indonesia in order to tackle the problems affecting the city and the area. This work consists of “the place” and “the activity” of organizing continuous discussions between architects, city planners and other stakeholders that take part in urban development, and the actual inhabitants of the area.

▪️ First Prize

”The Common Thread”
Amir Zobel and Itay BlumenthalIsrael

An artist unit based in Israel approached the Hansen House, originally a Hansen disease hospital, now a media center that brings forth technology and design. Their work is a set of portraits of the Hansen House’s Arab employees, whose expressions are depicted with an overlapping thread drawn between 471 points on a perimeter of a circle, the path of which was determined by an especially developed algorithm.

▪️ Next STEAM PrizePanasonic Special Prize

Artist: Witaya Junma

▪️ General Prize

”Jungle of Nusa”             
Artist: Suzy Salaiman

▪️ Student Prize

“Pills&Bombs by Dr.Ops (Seed Bombs)”

Artist: Camila De EzkauriatzaMexico

▪️ Finalist

”NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)”
 Artist: Tadasu Takamine (Japan)

Winning Works Exhibition

On this occasion YouFab2019 has extended an invitation to winning Japanese and foreign works, and scheduled to exhibit them during Media Ambition Tokyo 2020 hosted in the creative space at SHIBUYA QWS, on the 15th floor of the Shibuya Scramble Square. Some of the works will be exhibited in Japan for the first time.

Media Ambition Tokyo 2020

Time: February 28th 2020 (Friday) – March 8th 2020 (Sunday)
Place: SHIBUYA QWS (2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Scramble Square (East wing) 15th floor)
For the overview of Media Ambition Tokyo 2020, please visit the following website:

Artists participating in YouFab2019

  • Collective HysteriaIndonesia
  • Amir Zobel and Itay BlumenthalIsrael
  • Suzy SalaimanMalaysia
  • Camila De EzkauriatzaMexico
  • Witaya JunmaThailand
  • Tadasu Takamine (Japan
  • Sonoko Hayashi (ICT Rehabilitation Research Lab)
  • Naoki Hamanaka (FabLab Shinagawa) Japan*only hosting WS


YouFab 2019 Award Ceremony & Events

We will be organizing an award ceremony and a talk session with the judges and winners.

Time: February 29th 2020Saturday4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m./ Award ceremony and talk
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m./ Afterparty (the exhibition can be visited until 8:00 p.m.)
2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Scramble Square (East wing) 15th floor
Judges / Kei Wakabayashi, Keiichiro Matsumura, Chiaki Hayashi, Leonhard Bartolomeus
YouFab Award Chairman Toshiya Fukudarepresentative of 777CreativeStrategies
Winners / Collective Hysteria, Suzy Salaiman, Witaya Junma, Tadasu Takamine, Naoki Hamanaka (FabLab Shimagawa)

How to apply: Peatix Sign up page

Artist Talk with YouFab2019 Winners

Presentation of the works and a cross talk with YouFab2019 winners
*a consecutive interpreter will be present

Time: March 1st (Sunday) 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Scramble Square (East wing) 15th floor
Capacity: 100 participants
Speakers: Collective Hysteria
Grand Prize winner, Suzy Salaimanartist), Tadasu Takamineartist
Moderator: Leonhard Bartolomeus

How to apply: through the official YouFab 2019 website

Workshops with the Grand Prize Winner
Let’s create a zine we would like to read at Shibuya in 2040

A workshop with the Grand Prize winner, members of the Hysteria art collective based in Semarang, Indonesia. The objective of this event is to discover Shibuya taking advantage of this year being the one of the Olympics, imagine the next 20 years and create a zine. During the workshop the winning residents of suburban Indonesia, which can be said to currently experience rapid economic growth, will offer their unique point of view and their specialty, skills in facilitating dialogue, to help the participants envision Shibuya 20 years from now on.

Time: March 1st (Sunday) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Scramble Square (East wing) 15th floor

Recommended Age: from 12 years oldJapanese-English consecutive interpreter will be present
Capacity: 15 participants
prior registration required, if the number of applicants exceeds the limit participants will be chosen by a draw
Facilitators: Collective Hysteria
Grand Prize winner), Leonhard Bartolomeuscurator

How to apply: Peatix page

YouFab2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Golden Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor



Planning: Loftwork Organization: FabCafe Global

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