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iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE (free of charge)

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The first round of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2019 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 or service until 31 January 2019.

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1. WONDERLAND DESIGN PRIZE 2019 by iF - What iF yesterday’s baby products were adapted to fit the lives of tomorrow’s parents?

When it comes to childcare, parents in the 21st century pursue different routines and values than earlier generations. That’s why they need new and different child care solutions: More sustainable, more flexible and – unlike most products of the past – fully compatible to today’s ways of parenting.

YOUR TASK: Develop innovative childcare product designs that merge the well-tried-and-tested with the new.

2. HAIER DESIGN PRIZE 2019 by iF - Housekeeping in the New World: new designs for helpful household appliances

In today’s world, society has become ever more fast-paced, with less time to slow down and relax. And in the hustle and bustle of life, people have become spiritually drained and less motivated to deal with household chores. Thus, there is more attention on finding convenient household appliances to decrease time spent on chores and increase time for family, hobbies, and other interests.

YOUR TASK: Design a helpful household appliance that makes life at home more convenient. Optimize or innovate on a traditional approach. Give the user a totally new living experience.

3. What iF sharing was the new buying?

Sharing and swapping stuff that’s only rarely used has become an increasingly popular trend. The sharing economy may be young, but it already offers plenty of opportunities to lend, rent and share stuff. You think you know the next business (or branch) that would profit from a sharing model? You’re convinced your ideas will attract even more people to existing business models in the sharing economy?

Outline a business model, design solution or communication strategy for a sharing service, no matter whether start-up or already firmly established in the market.

4. What iF Virtual Reality could help you prepare for dangerous situations?

It’s no surprise: the more someone goes through a situation, the more prepared and rational the reactions will be. That’s the reason why e.g. pilots exercise in a flight simulator before finally taking it to the air – routine reactions to emergency situations are best acquired in a danger-free environment. Can you come up with VR applications for different learning scenarios?

Design a VR simulation for a potentially dangerous or stressful situation that allows people to train their emergency reactions in virtual reality.

Dates and fees


31 Jan 2019

Registration deadline

20 Feb - 20 Mar 2019

Jury session

31 Mar 2019

Information to the winners

30 Apr 2019

Publication of the award winners


The participation of 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 Designs and 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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The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2018_01 winners

View all 61 winners of the first round of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2018 at a glance.


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