Who can participate?

Students and recent graduates (up to 2 years after graduation) are welcome to register their entries for the 2017_01 award topics.

Concepts should not be older than 2 years at the time they are submitted. We will also accept works by small teams of designers with no more than 4 team members.



For the first 2017 competition (2017_01), students and young graduates are encouraged to submit their concepts to the four following topics:

1. Bike-centered City 2030 – Shifting the traffic ecosystem

Worldwide, at least 60 million bikes were built in 2016 -- twice as many as the number of cars built. China is the largest market for two-wheeled vehicles, but Europe and North America also have more bikes than cars: 80 million in Germany alone (or one for every person)!

Asia, Europe and the rest of the world are urbanizing at an unheard-of pace. Migration from rural to urban areas has already reached drastic extent in some countries, and will increase in the future.

Imagine you are a city planner: how can you combine these two trends? How can bicycle transportation in urban areas truly achieve its potential? What will roads, traffic lights, footpaths look like? What car designs are compatible with high-density bike traffic?

We are asking you to design part of a future urban environment that is not only bike-friendly, but rather that puts bicycles and bicyclists in the center of traffic, of planning, and of urban life.


Your concept can be one of the following:

  • Product or Application
  • Project
  • Communication or Service


Inspiration on "the bike-first city of the future":


2. Public Value, Help & Support – Helping people help themselves

Good ideas shape the world. Good projects change our societies.
What can you do to help those in need?

Public value focuses on social values, on creative approaches and on new ideas and ways to improve existing living conditions.

Maybe you have seen it where you live: people who could use a helping hand. Perhaps you have watched it on television: entire regions that need support. As our world gets more confusing, the need for innovative new ideas to solve problems is growing.

Look around you and find a problem that needs solving. Find a group of people who could use support. Then start designing.

We are looking for new and creative approaches to solve tough problems, especially ideas that help empower people in need. You don't have to try to save the world or eliminate poverty: sometimes a small idea that can actually be realized, is the best idea.


Your concept can be one of the following:

  • Product or Application
  • Project
  • Communication or Service


Inspiration on "helping people help themselves":


3. HANSGROHE DESIGN PRIZE 2017 by iF – Future Living: Innovative Forms of Using Water in Tomorrow’s Kitchen

Cleaning vegetables and fruit, making coffee, rinsing the dishes, cooking meat in the steam oven, quenching your thirst, filling a bucket, washing your hands, making pasta, using the dishwasher, preparing food, cleaning the floor, putting ice cubes in drinks to add a fresh note: water plays a central role in the kitchen where it shows the whole spectrum of its versatile applications.

Most of the time, the central water source in the kitchen is the tap at the sink. But does it always have to be a tap? Apart from the sink, which other places could be useful for dispensing water? How can we use adjacent spaces, like the dining room or the pantry, for intelligent water applications that are based on user needs? What other options are there for using water in totally new and different ways? What would approaches look like that focus on using this precious resource in sustainable and responsible ways? What could we do with the wastewater from the kitchen?

We are looking for exciting answers to these questions in the form of creative designs and innovative concepts that analyse and reframe the use of water in the kitchen and in adjacent spaces. We are looking for clever, future-oriented and practical ideas that are as much inspired by cultural characteristics and traditions as they are by bold visions of future living.


Your concept can be one of the following:

  • Product or Application
  • Project
  • Communication or Service


Inspiration on "using water in the kitchen of the future":


4. HAIER DESIGN PRIZE 2017 by iF – Wonderful Home Life: Global We, Local Me

According to the Mega Trend “Glocalization” we face the challenge to apply local cultural characteristics to the design of home relevant solutions for global markets. We expect new concepts for all kind of home relevant solutions (include home appliance, home furniture, etc.) taking aspects into consideration like cultural differences, usability, environmental efficiency, functionality, safety, warranty and service.


Your concept can be one of the following:

  • Product or Application
  • Project
  • Communication or Service


Inspiration on "Glocalization":



Evaluation Criteria

The most important aspect is the creative concept behind your design. This means, we are first and foremost looking for great ideas. The ideas should help solve a problem or make life more comfortable: in short, it should serve people.

In order to win an iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD, your idea must get above-average marks regarding several evaluation criteria and must clearly stand out among other submitted entries. The better you score in as many criteria as possible, the greater your chance of winning an award will be.

Innovation and Elaboration

  • Degree of innovation
  • Degree of elaboration
  • Uniqueness


  • Use value and usability
  • Ergonomics
  • Practicability
  • Safety


  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Emotional appeal
  • Spatial concept
  • Ambience


  • Human dignity
  • Respect for the individual
  • Fairness
  • Consideration of environmental standards /carbon footprint
  • Social responsibility
  • Societal value


  • Target group fit
  • Differentiation

The criteria mentioned above do not apply to the topic Public Value. They will be listed in the following.

Public Value

We are looking for projects meaning ideas, approaches and possible solutions for societal problems as well as proposals for the realization of Products and Applications – they all referring to the topic "Public Value – Help & Support". The following special evaluation criteria are applicable:

1. Does it solve a relevant problem?

For Projects, Communication and Services:

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

For Products and Applications:

  • Degree of elaboration
  • Innovation

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

For Projects, Communication and Services:

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

For Products and Applications:

  • Safety
  • Environmental impact
  • Social responsibility

3. Does it strengthen group relations?

For Projects, Communication and Services:

  • 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 and Applications:

  • Universal design
  • Target group fit

4. Does it create a positive experience?

For Projects, Communication and Services:

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

For Products and Applications:

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

5. Does it balance effort and use value?

For Projects, Communication and Services:

  • 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 and Applications:

  • Efficiency in production and logistics
  • Practicability
  • Execution


iF scorecard

All winners will receive their results in the form of a scorecard.
This special evaluation tool allows jurors to compare all entries in a fair manner.



What we need for registration

1. Description

Each entry must be described using both text and images so that the jury is able to fully understand and properly assess it.


We need:

  • English language text /description (max. 650 characters incl. spaces)


Please note: Google Translate does not always provide a correct translation! Without a clear English description your application will not be accepted.

2. Images

Please upload 1 or 2 images of your entry as follows.

  • Image size: 1536 pixels min. edge length, max.15 megapixel
  • Aspect ratio: Landscape, 4:3
  • File format: JPG
  • File size: max. 5 MB
  • Color space: RGB
  • Naming: your Entry-ID_name of your entry_No. of picture,
    an example: 323-222222_car_1


We will briefly check the entry regarding completeness and thematic correctness, and if it meets these criteria, we will publish the entry in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE. If you win an award, we will use your entry description and images also for the iF design app and for our press work.

3. Student ID

As a student please upload a scan of your student ID. As a recent graduate please upload a scan of your graduation certificate.

4. Presentation Poster

Very important for the jury process is your digital presentation poster! You can submit 1 or 2 pages for each entry. It should represent your idea clearly in words and images.


Poster details:

  • Format: DIN A1, horizontal (840 mm length x 594 mm height)
  • Font size for description and index data: 20 pt
  • Font: Frutiger or other sans serif fonts such as Arial, Franklin Gothic,
    Futura, Helvetica, Univers
  • Resolution: 300 dpi at 100% positioning
  • Data must be sent as platform independent PDF-X3 file
  • Maximum file size: 5 MB (each poster)
  • The information about yourself, your team and your entry must also
    include: topic, name of your entry, name(s) of student(s), name of university, city and country


You will find some good examples of the poster in the "Information for Participants" (PDF file).

5. Video

You can also submit a video to explain your entry. The video should not be longer than 3 minutes and it must be possible to play it using standard software.

The intellectual property rights of all submitted designs remain with the participants. The organizers will not implement any concepts submitted. The projects submitted must not violate the patent and protective rights of other parties. The organizers assume no liability for such infringements.


In other words:

All intellectual property rights of your submitted design belong to you. iF will not implement your design, whether or not it wins. Please keep in mind that you are not allowed to copy any ideas from anyone else. If you copy a design, you entry will be disqualified. As the organizer, iF is not responsible for publishing copied designs and will make efforts not to do so.


Jury and Prize money

We will have an online judging session. Experts from all over the world will select the award winners. The jurors will decide on the winners and the prize money winners. Every jury consists of 3 jurors at minimum.

The total prize money for all 2017_01 award topics is EUR 20,000.


1. Bike-centered City 2030 EUR 5,000
2. Public Value EUR 5,000
4. HAIER DESIGN PRIZE 2017 by iF EUR 5,000


The decision of the jury is legally binding and final.


Dates and Fees

Registration deadline 13 January 2017  
Jury session

30 January 2017 until
13 February 2017

Announcement of the award winners End of February 2017  
Publication April 2017 iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE (Design Excellence)

The participation of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is free of charge.



We offer all award winners the following advertising tools:


  • Winner's logo for download
  • Winner's certificate in PDF form
  • Your award-winning entry will be specially marked and shown in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE (Design Excellence) unlimited in time.
  • All winning entries will be published in the iF design app. This app is free and has already been downloaded 60,000 times.
  • Your university will receive points in the iF University Ranking. This ranking is based on all winners of the past three years and it is updated once a year. Of course, the school can request the logo for their ranking position from iF for PR purposes.
  • Our iF press and PR work helps you get media attention for your successful design.
  • Your entry will be represented in digital form at our iF design exhibition Hamburg throughout the year.




Before you can apply, please accept the Terms of Participation and the General Terms and Conditions of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD.


Additional information for registration

You can submit as many entries as you like - but each entry can only be submitted once per competition. You are not permitted to submit one entry to several topics.

To admit your concept to the jury, the online registration has to be complete! After you have submitted your online registration, we will immediately send you a confirmation email. Until you receive a confirmation email from us, your design has not been registered.


Address data

  • Please use the index tab “Address Data” to indicate your university address. If already available in “my iF addressbook” just choose an address from there. If you want to create a new address as your university address, please click on the button “Change” under your university address and then click on “Add New Address”.
  • If you have studied at more than one university, please enter the one where the entry you are submitting was mainly designed.


Team projects

  • Teams with up to four members can submit entries together. You can only create one user account for the whole team.
  • In order to add up to three additional team members, go to “Address Data” and click the button “Change” under your university address. There you can add the further team member with name and university (if different).
  • All correspondence will be sent to the team member who created and manages the user account for the team. If your team concept wins an award, all team members will receive an award.


Andrea van Velzen
Andrea van Velzen