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At iF, it is a matter of heart to to create opportunities for social involvement. We are concerned about the state of our societies, as we are constantly in touch with its tendencies and changes. We want to make an active effort to have a positive effect on the world around us. One way we do this is to focus on supporting young design students and recent graduates and by organizing hearings and congresses to improve the international design education standard with the iF Design Foundation. Another is by supporting social projects for a better cause: The new iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE aims to publish your social projects on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, free of charge and with a chance to win a prize money.
This iF initiative aims to identify, publish, promote and support projects that contribute to our society, which approach an urgent challenge and help to improve conditions. As we see it as an obligation, we do not charge any fees and we offer a prize of EUR 50,000 for the best projects. In addition, we will make sure to reach out to the global design community, the users of the iF WDG. They have a good feeling for human needs and the power to help promoting valuable projects, especially if design was involved to improve living conditions. We want to invite you to publish your social projects and involvement to support a specific part of our societies. Every published project in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE until 20 November will automatically compete for the prize.
The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is one of the most important design prizes for students from all over the world, with nearly 10,000 submissions each year. We provide the platform for talented young designers and their future-oriented concepts. The award is held twice a year, with three to six topics for submission. Each topic is vetted by an individual, expert jury. Once winners have been chosen and the prize money awarded, all winning entries are published in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.
Want to become a sponsor of young design talents as well?
If your organization is interested in contributing to the future of design, we would welcome you as a new sponsor and partner. Currently, the sponsorship fees amount to EUR 25,000, with every euro being invested in student activities.
In April 2018, the non-profit iF Design Foundation was established. Its aim is to promote design and its social significance, free from commercial pressures and restrictions. The mission is to support scientific research and education, culture, social engagement, environmental awareness, and sustainability. It provides financial support for selected design projects as well as its own projects – free from commercial pressures and restrictions. The foundation will initiate and organize in-house projects, conferences, and much more. In addition, the iF Design Foundation will cooperate with other design-oriented foundations and non-profits in order to pool resources, develop and realize joint projects.