The John Britten Black Pin is the highest award given by the Designers Institute and celebrates an outstanding individual for leadership, vision and achievement in the field of design both nationally and internationally.
It takes a bold team to create a winning design, and Emirates Team New Zealand's aggressive and innovative approach to designing their AC50 catamaran was vital to America’s Cup victory in Bermuda. The radical change to pedal power, developed through an intensive design and simulation process, gave them the winning edge.
Dan Berasconi, Technical Director for Emirates Team New Zealand, led the design team. An engineer and veteran of four America’s Cup campaigns, Dan spent six years with the McLaren Formula One team before switching to sailing. He has a doctorate in mathematical modelling and aerodynamics.
Dan Bernasconi is the Best Design Awards 2017 John Britten Black Pin recipient. He will receive his Black Pin on Friday 6th October at the Best Design Awards.
Tony is a designer of the Hulme Car and an avid Formula One enthusiast - not so much a sailor. He will have a chat with Dan about his move from Formula One to boat design.
The Best Awards 2017 ceremony will be held at The Viaduct Events Centre. Includes dinner, drinks and after party. Dress your Best!
Jeremy Corbett will be your MC for the evening.
DJ line up: Hamish Crocker DJ + Sax, Rina Chae’s 'Street Candee' Dance Crew, DJ Spragga from Sola Rosa, Sweet Mix Kids Live, Plus Sax + Hoop Performer.
Bookings are seated together on tables of 10 guests or up to 12 guests.
18.30 – 19.30: Drinks and reception
19.30 – 22.30: Dinner and awards ceremony
22.30 – 01.30: After-party & DJ
No refunds offered for any cancellations.
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