Three different competition categories and judging criteria have been established for this edition: a Business Bag, an Evening Bag and a Sporty Bag. Entries are evaluated via an online platform by a panel of professional judges from around the world, who look out for unique, innovative and trendy forms, creative use of materials and product functionality and marketability.
Prizes include a free trip to Hong Kong with a US$1,000 in bonus, and a four-week bag design course at the Ars Sutoria School, in Milan, Italy, valued at €3,500. 

First established in 2007, Design a Bag has brought together a global design community during the Hong Kong based Fashion Access trade fair to showcase innovative creations and exchange design concepts among talents from various cultures and backgrounds.

The fair is held alongside APLF Leather & Materials+. The upcoming edition will take place March 29-31, 2017, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Over 20,000 visitors are expected to attend the show.