01 Help and Support

Values related to the role of the individual in society are not the same in all parts of the world. What some see as excessive individualism is a hard-won fundamental right for others. Which projects and products contribute to strengthening the self-development of the individual and support human self-realization?

02 Life and Humanity

Changing values, technological progress and globalization are processes that deeply affect both family life and the network of social relationships. Which projects and products support new and sustainable models of everyday life?

03 Nature and Planet

Natural resources are scarce but there is no unlimited availability of knowledge and capital either. Rapid growth in both the world’s population and in global production have elevated the issue of resource use to become a central question of our time. How can we best avoid the threats posed by scarcity of resources? Which are the most promising options?

04 Places and Cities

Living together in cities opens up many new opportunities, but also creates new challenges. How can we plan, control and develop such a social organism? Where are the clever answers?


Jury & Evaluation Criteria

Using a specially developed evaluation methodology, the Public Value Scorecard, each submission will be evaluated based on five standard criteria:

1. Does it solve a relevant problem?

For projects:

  • Use value and usability
  • Scale and scope of the solution
  • Innovativeness and uniqueness of the solution

For products:

  • Degree of elaboration
  • Innovation

2. Does it reflect or promote high moral-ethical standards?

For projects:

  • Human dignity, respect for the individual
  • Justice and fairness
  • Awareness of the given environment's moral standards

For products:

  • Safety
  • Environmental impact
  • Social responsibility

3. Does it strengthen group relations?

For projects:

  • Sensitivity for local cultural traditions and power relations
  • Concern for common goals and the collective
  • Addressing social conflict through dialogue with different groups (e.g. age, sex, political attitudes,...)

For products:

  • Universal design
  • Target group fit

4. Does it create a positive experience?

For projects:

  • Positive experience and fun
  • Aesthetical and hedonistic potential
  • Comfort and pleasure through design

For products:

  • Spatial ambience
  • Usability and ergonomics
  • Brand fit
  • Aesthetics

5. Does it balance effort and use value?

For projects:

  • Efficient use of resources (e.g. people, money, reputation,...)
  • Feasibility and ease of implementation (e.g. technical, financial,...)
  • Long-term perspective (e.g. sustainability)

For products:

  • Efficiency in production and logistics
  • Practicability
  • Execution

The Public Value Scorecard allows the entries to be compared more easily, ensuring that each submission is evaluated systematically and fairly.


Media Upload

The specification of one entry medium is obligatory:

PDF Media link
Upload additional explanatory pictures
and texts in PDF format


  • Language: English
  • Number of pages: maximum of 8 pages
  • Screen resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels


Video link: Copy a YouTube or Vimeo URL
in the text field (no channel or profile URL).
If you win an award, the linked video may be used to represent your entry in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

Media link: Enter an URL for your entry
(if required password-protected)

Project information:
Short description of your entry must be written in English (650 characters max. including spaces and punctuation).




Registration deadline 20 October 2016  
Jury session 23 November 2016  
Awards ceremony 7 March 2017 iF public value award night


The participation fee will be EUR 950 (plus VAT) per project or product. There will be no additional costs for the benefits.

Companies, NGOs, foundations, public administration bodies and other organizations are welcome to present their projects and products – for free and for as long as they wish – in the Public & Social Value Collection of the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

The projects and products must already be realized or should be realized during the year of the award.




The images and texts are used for / as:


1. Presentation in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, Collection Public & Social Value


2. Evaluation of entries

  • Admission to the jury
  • Decision-making aid and additional information for the jurors

3. Presentation of award-winning entries

  • iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE / Design Excellence
  • iF design app
  • iF press releases

After successful registration, we will send you an email confirmation with your entry-ID. Please use this entry-ID in all further communication with us.

To take part in the iF PUBLIC VALUE AWARD 2017, you must accept the Terms of Participation and the general terms and conditions.



Sign up until 20 October 2016


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