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Hannover, September 2020

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020_01: The results are in!

iF’s young talent competition honors 112 exciting design concepts from 16 nations that aim to implement the sustainability goals of the United Nations.

Seven exceptional solutions dedicated to the economic, ecological and social challenges facing our society will also be rewarded with a total of EUR 25,000 in prize money. 

The winners of the first round of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020 have been determined. Design students from all over the world were invited to submit ideas and concepts that address the most urgent challenges facing our society – based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A total of 112 works from 16 nations received awards – from Austria, China, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA.

The seven most extraordinary works were rewarded by the jury with a total of EUR 25,000 prize money:

  • a biological sewage system made of rice bran,
  • a mobility app for disabled people,
  • traditional storage boxes for perishable food,
  • a training simulator for knee joint surgeons,
  • interactive barcode labels for food expiration dates,
  • a space of experience that represents the marine pollution and
  • safety interlock devices for power wires …

 ... the range of ideas submitted to make our world a better place was impressive! A total of more than 6,000 ideas, concepts and solutions were entered into the competition.

The 7 prize money winners at a glance on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE:


The Categories / SDGs:

End Poverty / Zero Hunger / Good Health and Well-being / Quality Education / Gender Equality / Clean Water and Sanitation / Affordable and Clean Energy / Decent Work and Economic Growth / Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure / Reduced Inequalities / Sustainable Cities and Communities / Responsible Consumption and Production / Climate Action / Life below Water / Life on Land

Evaluation Criteria

To win an iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD, the submitted entry must answer the following questions with a 'Yes':

  • Does it approach or solve a relevant problem?
  • Does it reflect moral-ethical standards?
  • Does it strengthen or promote high group relations?
  • Does it create a positive experience?
  • Does it balance effort and use value?

THANKS to the Sponsors

Special thanks goes to the sponsors of the competition! Without their commitment the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD would not be possible in this professional way:

  • Compal (Taipei / Taiwan)
  • Grohe AG (Dusseldorf / Germany)
  • Haier Group (Qindao / China)
  • Dongguan South China Design Innovation Institute (Dongguan / China)
  • Samsung Electronics (Seoul / Republic of Korea)
  • Wonderland Nurserygoods (Taipei / Taiwan)

All 112 awarded concepts at a glance on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE:




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