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iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE (free of charge)

Present your project for free and win your share of EUR 50,000 in prize money.

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The first round of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2018 is open for registration, with four new stunning topics for your submissions. We are looking for the best ideas from students and young professionals around the world.

Explore our four current award themes and put your design skills to the test. With luck, you could win a share of EUR 20,000!

Submit your product or communication concept, project, application or service from now until 5 February 2018.


1. What iF there was a Panda-themed "brand" to support a good cause?

Imagine you created a brand with strong visual association to the Panda bear that's dedicated to charitable causes. What would you think of?
Imagine, e.g. products that sell great and at the same time support those who are in need with a certain percentage of the sales.
Moreover you're free to design anything that makes sense - from 'Panda hotels' or Panda-branded outdoor playgrounds or gyms for elderly and small children to barrier-free panda apartment houses for all generations.

Create the Panda brand in favor of a good cause and design products, projects or services that help create revenue for social commitment.

2. What iF you were responsible for the urban space design at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020?

During the Olympic Games 2020, Tokyo will be hosting the whole world. There's not much time left, but still a lot of planning and constructing to do: What will the Olympic village and the visitor centers look like? What's the subsequent use of new infrastructure? How can visitor guidance be made as efficient as possible?

Share your ideas for Tokyo 2020 - create a sustainable concept for urban spaces and competition sites that integrates the existing infrastructure and outlines the future use after the Olympic event.

3. What iF your ideas created new services by using drones?

In just a few years, autonomous flying drones have revolutionized industries around the globe. The rapid progress in drone technology is enabling innovation in multiple areas of applications - from agriculture to public safety, from photography to healthcare. And the list of dedicated drone services is rapidly expanding into other industry sectors.

Outline ideas for either a new airborne drone service, or alternatively develop a scenario where drones are being deployed for improving existing services.

4. HAIER DESIGN PRIZE 2018 by iF - Touch Time: What iF your home appliance designs were timeless?

The art of successful home appliance design always creates tension: Rebuilding the traditional, but from a modern perspective. Deconstructing the relationship between people, product and space, but putting it back together in a way that feels pure and original.

Create home appliances and home relevant products with a clear design philosophy and timeless quality.

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Dates and fees


5 Feb 2018

Registration deadline

27 Feb -
23 Mar 2018

Jury session

End of March 2018

Information to the award winners

End of April 2018

Publication of the award winners


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

Benefits for winners

Evaluation criteria

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
• Social values


• Target group fit
• Differentiation


Protect your rights

Students and recent graduates often find it difficult to protect their designs against copyright infringements. Therefore, we recommend the following institutions that can help you with protecting your designs, depending on country of origin.

Protection in Europe

The Trade Mark and Designs Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM), located in Alicante, Spain, offers effective protection against copyright infringement. As soon as your design is registered as a community design, it will be protected in each European Union member state.

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Explore all award-winning designs of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2017 here.


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