2019 Radical Innovation Award
Submission Deadline05/07/2019

Radical Innovation, a platform promoting disruptive, industry-changing ideas within the hotel space, is looking for new concepts that present opportunities for the hotel guest and the hotel business. With an expanded interest in moving ideas from concepts to reality, we are asking participants to submit hospitality concepts that provide not only new meaningful travel experiences for consumers, but also new revenue growth opportunities for owners, investors, operators, contractors and vendors.

Having awarded over $200,000 since its founding in 2006, Radical Innovation recognized five hospitality concepts last year. The 2018 winner, Autonomous Travel Suite by Steve Lee of Aprilli Design Studio, demonstrated this by citing the technological advances necessary for his idea to operate, detailing anticipated costs and logistics in addition to a clear timeline and the design process. Since the award ceremony, Lee has been approached by major corporations around the world to jumpstart his self-driving hotel concept.

In addition to a clear and compelling brief, all entries should be accompanied by design renderings and cost analysis, illustrating how the concept could be achieved in the next 3-5 years. A panel of jurors leading the fields of hospitality, design, and investment, will then evaluate the entries based on their originality, creativity, design, and potential impact on the industry.



  • $200 for professionals - built
  • $200 for professionals - unbuilt
  • Free for students


  • $10,000 - grand prize
  • $5,000 - runner-up
  • $1,500 - student prize

Additional Information:

  • Concept (built or unbuilt) must be truly innovative and offer the market something that is not widely available.
  • Concepts must include guestrooms and lobby/public areas.
  • Including food and beverage facilities (and other amenities) is optional, but recommended.
  • Multiple entries by a single entrant (or company) are permitted.
  • Built entries must have been completed within 18 months of the competition.
  • Must be able to provide a notarized disclosure form and certification of project originality and authenticity, if your entry makes it to the final four or the Special Judges Award.
  • Students will be considered alongside professionals
  • Requirements for submission: concept narrative, renderings of you concept. To be entered in a PDF less than 100MB.
  • PDF must have no names of entrants or companies associated. The jury review will be a blind process.


Step 1: Our jury will review all entries and shortlist 10.
Step 2: The top ten will be reviewed in detail by the jury. Three finalists will be shortlisted.
Step 3: These finalists will be mentored by the Radical Innovation jury and team, in preparation for the live event in October 2019.
Step 4: Finalists will present their ideas in front of a live audience—and the jury. After presentations are heard, the audience will vote and select their favorite concept. Winners will be announced that evening, and will be published across multiple news outlets.

All concepts will be judged based on design creativity, feasibility, viability, and impact.

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