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How design students want to transform our world with their sustainable concepts

Since this year, the competition categories of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD correspond to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. In this way, iF wants to express its respect for the important work of this international organization. Together with our sponsors Samsung Electronics, Wonderland, GROHE, Compal Electronics, Dongguan South China Design Innovation Institute and Haier we present our winners of the year 2020 including 17 outstanding concepts honored with a share of prize money of EUR 50,000 in total.

Encouraging young people to think in broader dimensions has always been one of iF’s guiding principles. The participants of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020 show innovative design thinking in all categories. However, the two strongest ones in which concepts were submitted are SDG 3 on Goodhealth and Well-being (27 percent) as well as SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production (11 percent).

The winning concepts are currently being presented in our iF design center Chengdu until spring 2021. Admission is free!

For those of you who are not able to visit the exhibition in Chengdu, we have sorted all award-winning concepts according to the SDGs here:

SDG 1 | No Poverty

SDG 1 | No Poverty

These four awarded concepts give answers to questions that address basic needs like housing infrastructure, hygiene equipment, road safety and transportation. Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere has become more relevant than ever since the Covid-19 crisis risks reversing decades of progress.

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SDG 2 | Zero Hunger

SDG 2 | Zero Hunger

There are more than 690 million people who are hungry today. Conflicts, climate shocks, locust crisis and Covid-19 belong to the biggest threats to food systems. These seven awarded concepts propose ideas for changing the food and agriculture system – ranging from an agricultural tool to a barcode label system regarding details of the expiration date.

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SDG 3 | Goodhealth and Well-Being

SDG 3 | Goodhealth and Well-Being

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being is important to building prosperous societies. These 50 awarded concepts reflect the broad engagement concerning the health areas child health, maternal health and tuberculosis/AIDS or other diseases. Lots of them approach ideas for medical device products.

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SDG 4 | Quality Education

SDG 4 | Quality Education

What is a key of escaping poverty? The answer can be broken down to this: inclusive and quality education. It is still Sub-Saharan Africa where children struggle the most to have access to education. A wide range of these 13 awarded concepts show practical solutions for schools in these regions.

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SDG 5 | Gender Equality

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Regardless of where you live in, gender equality is a fundamental human right. It forms the basis for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. These six awarded concepts comply with this ambitious goal, questioning the father’s role in parenting, offering an app for victims of sexual violence and a game to improve sexual communication – to name a few.

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SDG 6 | Clean Water and Sanitation

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Whether it is a filter for a water bottle or a private toilet system – all of these 14 awarded concepts deal with questions that ensure access to safe water sources and sanitation for all. Water is essential not only to health, but also to poverty reduction, food security, peace and human rights, ecosystems and education.

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SDG 7 | Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7 | Affordable and Clean Energy

Energy is becoming more widely available which indicates the progress that the world has made towards SDG 7. However, there is still a long way to go since energy services are key to preventing disease and especially fighting pandemics like Covid-19. These five award-winning concepts show well-designed solutions – mostly for sustainable energy supply and public services.

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SDG 8 | Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8 | Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent work means opportunities for everyone to get work that delivers – among others – a fair income, security in the workplace and better prospects for social integration. A lack of it is consequently a damaging impact on society. These four awarded concepts present solutions for a more connected community in the broadest sense.

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SDG 9 | Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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In terms of communication infrastructure, almost the entire world population lives in an area covered by a mobile network today. That offers a huge potential since promoting technological progress is closely linked to poor health care and limited access to education. Many of these 18 awarded concepts feature solutions for rescue equipment and safety devices.

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SDG 10 | Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10 | Reduced Inequalities

More than half of these 13 awarded concepts create positive experience for people with disabilities. Statistically speaking, 3 in 10 disabled people have personally experienced discrimination, with higher levels still among women. Making the planet better for all is only possible when people are not excluded from the chance for a better life.

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SDG 11 | Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11 | Sustainable Cities and Communities

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities today. But the rapid urbanization affects, for instance, the access to fresh water supplies, air pollution and public health. These 16 awarded concepts are meant to be a stimulus to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – ranging from an environmental app to a bus handle which protects from infection.

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SDG 12 | Responsible Consumption and Production

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These 21 awarded concepts cause us to think differently about many urgent ecological problems. They offer a wide range of solutions concerning efficient farming, food storage and funeral clothing – to name just a few. Innovations and design solutions are urgently needed since the electronic waste has grew by 38 percent, but less than 20 percent is recycled.

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SDG 13 | Climate Action

SDG 13 | Climate Action

Carbon dioxide levels and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere had risen to new records recently. Developments like this expand the degree of natural disasters such as massive wildfire and flood. These seven awarded concepts serve as key element of prevention. They inspire others to change their habits and attitudes towards both consumption and environmental protection.

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SDG 14 | Life Below Water

SDG 14 | Life Below Water

The ocean is an essential global resource and the world’s largest ecosystem. Careful management of the world’s ocean, seas and marine resources is a key feature of a sustainable future. These nine awarded concepts are dedicated to saving our oceans by presenting solutions for environmental protection and lifesaving, such as an ocean cleaning device or a microplastic filter.

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SDG 15 | Life On Land

SDG 15 | Life On Land

Nature is under increasing stress. Human activity has transformed almost 75 per cent of the earth’s surface and dramatically minimized the space for wildlife and forest. These eight awarded concepts deal with the question how to invest in land restoration as it is critical for improving livelihoods, reducing vulnerabilities, and reducing risks for the economy.

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Special thanks to our sponsors

Special thanks to our sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD would not have the possibility to provide this platform for young design talent and their future-oriented concepts. Students will not be charged but have the chance to win a prize money instead. We conducted exciting interviews with some sponsors. Read here why these companies focus on promoting young talent:

Interviews:
- GROHE | Interview with Patrick Speck
- Compal Electronics | Interview with Shikuan Chen
- Samsung Electronics | Interview with Felix Heck

Profiles:
- Haier
- Wonderland
- Dongguan South China Design Innovation Institute

(published in November 2020)