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What iF sharing was the new buying? - The winners

Conscious consumerism is not just a trend among millenials. Numerous platforms where people share their stuff with others instead of buying, have been popping up in the past years. Sharing and swapping stuff that’s only rarely used has become an increasingly popular trend.

For the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD topic "What iF sharing is the new buying" we asked for a business model, design solution or communication strategy that serves a sharing service, no matter if it is a young start-up or already. The awarded concepts of the students below covers such aspects as the sharing of air polution warnings, reusable packaging for the growing number of online purchases to an app that helps to connect neighbours to help each other out. The jury was impressed by the future-driven and socially well-thought-out concepts!

Check out below all prize money winners of the first round.

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Leafy | Healthy living / Apps & software


Leafy is a hanging ornament that can detect the air information at that time. It was able to detect the temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide content at that time. It can connect to the app, sharing information to other users. In this way, the users of this app could know the air quality of each place and choose to avoid the area with poor air quality - or they could wear a mask to prevent it.


It's a great honor to win the second iF Design Talent Award. And next, I hope to win the gold award of iF professional group in the future, because the gold award trophy is so beautiful!
Tseng Chien Chang Student at Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan

Kravox | Open-source synthesizer


Kravox is a cross-platform compatible, touch- and motion-sensitive open source musical instrument that consists of three components - wireless controller/s, receiver and software. Kravox cannot be bought in stores, but I made it accessible as a musical experimentation platform for everyone!...


I am delighted to have won an iF Award in the category "sharing is the new buying"! What I like most is that now even more people will become aware of KRAVOX and can build their own synthesizer. The award also motivates me a lot to work on my next big open-source project. You can find out more on www.timkrahmer.com
Tim Krahmer Student at Lund University, Lund, Sweden

ONE for TEN | Shared express packages

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As online purchases increase, packaging grows. This design is managing to reduce pollution and find green alternatives more than just recycle packages. Recycling is absolutely a good way to reduce pollution, but it also causes some carbon emissions in itself - from removing to collecting, from transport to reproduction, all the processes are wasting of time, producing emission and consuming resource/energy. By re-considering the way of using express packages, achieving multiple times reuse before each recycle. Consequently, reducing the frequency of recycling, minimizing the negative impact from express packages.


I am really honored to receive one of the world’s most recognized design awards. Great thanks to iF, giving me this enormous opportunity to think about what a powerful design is and how we achieve them ethically. The experience of being an iF winner is a strong motivation in my future as a designer, encouraging me to keep being innovative and designing for positive social impact.
Yuguo Chen Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom

RED GRID-shared Space | Container

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Bremen is used as a demonstration city. Containers are distributed to each place here. Firstly, I select four areas in this design. The special part is that each container is temporarily placed, becoming changeable. It is determined by the people’s demands. The mobile APP supports the concept. All users in creation give out information and construct communication and connection between people with new hotspots and activities. These containers provide shared space for people. With creativity, Bremen’s development needs are expanded and connected. All language training, art exhibition or small co-working space can be provided and tested.


Words can't describe how grateful I am for winning the world-class iF Design Talent Award. It encouraged me to work hard and create more possibilities for people's life. Thank you!
Lingxi Ji Student at University of Arts Bremen, Bremen, Germany

neighborhelp | App design


"neighborhelp" APP is a sharing service APP designed to make it easier for new residents settle down and live a comfortable life in the community, and to speed up the integration of new residents into the new environment. It focuses on community help through releasing and receiving orders, that has also made new residents less shy about asking their neighbors for help.


I just felt incredible when I received the email. In short, I really appreciate iF!
Haining Nie Student at Beihang University, Beijing, China

Exp-here | Platform for teaching and mediation


Exp-HERE is an inheritance platform to search for the successor of the fading folk art, allowing young people to find the masters and learn the skills to pass on the craft, and further start a business or employment. Via the combination with the craftsmanship, the platform creates different supporting courses for various skills. Through setting the plan, young people can understand the learning status of their skills and show the outcomes and create job opportunities. The Exp-HERE platform can also create chances for young, middle-aged, or old-aged entrepreneurs to start a business together, creating the entrepreneurial ecology of all ages.


Thanks iF for giving us such a big recognition. We are honored to receive this award which is entirely beyond our expectation. We will strengthen our design ability and keep making good progress.
Cheng Pei-Yu, Chen Yun-Ru and Wang Min-An, Students at National Taipei University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan
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