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Product Development Technologies (PDT) Design Director, Gil Cavada, Judge for the International Housewares Association's 23rd Annual Student Design Competition

LAKE ZURICH, Ill., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Product Development Technologies (PDT), a global, award-winning product design and development firm, announces that its Design Director, Gil Cavada, had been hand-picked to judge student entries for the International Housewares Association's (IHA) International Home and Housewares Show Student Design Competition.

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Cavada was on the panel of judges made up of 14 respected members of the design community that include a mix of educators and practitioners. Cavada brings 16 years of product design experience to the table, the majority of it at PDT, where his expertise in housewares products ranges from ice shavers to laminators.

"This award opportunity is so unique and important to the future of design because the students each receive written, constructive critiques from two designers working in the industry right now," said Cavada. "I loved seeing the energy, imagination and passion of up and coming talent and am proud to be involved with helping to prepare this next generation for their future roles as creators and designers."

In a record-breaking year, more than 300 entries had been submitted for review from U.S. schools as well as international schools in UK, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Israel, India and Cameroon. Winning entries in the 23rd annual Student Design Competition feature innovative product concepts addressing real-life problems for homeowners and people living in small spaces.

The first, second and third place winners were announced February 3 and will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago March 5-8.

PDT, along with their clients, had a record-breaking year in 2015 bringing home 15 design awards. The list of awards can be found at Also, watch for the company's report on trends in the Home and Houseware industry following the show.

About Product Development Technologies (PDT)
Product Development Technologies (PDT) is a global, full-service product development firm with 120 employees worldwide. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including strategy, scouting, design research, industrial design, user experience development, mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, and sourcing. PDT's award winning product designs have been recognized with more than 100 awards from authorities such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Industrial Designers Society of America and The Consumer Electronics Association. For more information, please go to

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