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GIDA 2020

January 15 - September 1
Xiongan, China
GIDA is an international design prize driven by globalization, specialization and market orientation. The prize is created to discover future design, inspire future life and empower future cities by exploring the Chinese concept of “harmony” and exchanging the global experience of good designs featuring intelligence and sustainable development.

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WDO Member: XIDI
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

2020 HUMAN CITY DESIGN AWARD

April 1 - September 22
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
The 2020 Human City design Award is a competition of Design for sustainable cities, towards a harmonious relationship between human beings and the environment.

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Category: Awards

DFA DESIGN FOR ASIA AWARDS

April 1 - July 17
Hong Kong, China
The DFA Design for Asia Awards is the flagship programme of the Hong Kong Design Centre, celebrating design excellence and acknowledging outstanding designs with Asian perspectives. Since its launch in 2003, the DFA Design for Asia Awards has been a stage upon which design talents and corporations can showcase their design projects internationally.

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WDO Member: Hong Kong Design Center
Category: Awards

ANDREU WORLD 20TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST

April 23 - November 27
Valencia, Spain
The Andreu World International Design Contest has been held annually since 2001, which surely makes it one of the oldest in the world, and is unique in its specialty, the design of seats and tables. The figures accumulated in the editions that have been made until today are spectacular, with tens of thousands of participants from more than a hundred countries.  To compete, participants must present a sustainable seat and/or table design that meets all the specifications that Andreu World presents in the product briefing, solving its technical and formal problems in the terms indicated for its production in series. Website WDO Member: Andreu World
Category: Competition

2020 INTERNATIONAL BUSAN DESIGN AWARD

April 24 - November 27
Busan, Korea, Republic of
2020 International Busan Design Award(ibda) is an open place for the international design industry to share various design concepts and to revitalize the industry by linking platforms in order to realize and commercialize the ideas. The event is co-organized by the Busan Metropolitan City, the Busan Office of Education, the Busan Chamber of Commerce, and the Design Council Busan, and hosted by the Design Council Busan. We hope to see your ideas in Asia’s largest international design awards.

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WDO Member: Busan
Category: Awards

2020 TAIPEI INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD (TIDA)

April 27 - July 15
Taiwan
Over the years, Taipei City Government has been devoted to shaping Taipei into a city with design visions and has been continuously conveying to those with a passion for design and creativeness the urban branding of “Design Taipei; Dream Taipei.” Taipei City Government extends its invitation to designers from all over the world to join in and vie for the highest honor. The total prize money is up to NT 3.8 million, including NT 600K for the grand prize -Taipei City Mayor Award. There will also select Golden/Silver/Bronze prizes with prize money NT 500K/200K/150K for each category.

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Category: Awards

GOOD DESIGN (GD) SELECTION

May 1 - June 30
Good Design (GD) Selection, hosted by the Korean government Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and organized by KIDP (Korea Institute of Design Promotion), has been held annually since 1985 based on the Industrial Design Promotion Act. The products and services selected thorough this program are given GD Marks in acknowledgement of their design excellence. Good Design (GD) Selection is open to companies around the world, and the deadline for entries is June 30.

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WDO Member: Korea Institute of Design Promotion
Category: Awards, Competition

GERMAN DESIGN AWARDS 2021

May 29, 2020 - February 19, 2021
Frankfurt, Germany
The German Design Awards directly contributes to the overall commercial success. Prizes will only be awarded to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. The highly esteemed, international jury guarantees this. The German Design Awards identifies and presents unique design trends: a competition that advances the design-oriented scene.

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WDO Member: German Design Council
Category: Awards

THE BIENNALE 1.618 PARIS

June 5 - June 7
Paris, France
The Biennale, 1.618 Paris’s flagship event, is a unique experience that combines a marketplace, an innovation space, a contemporary art exhibition, and a think tank. Renowned from 2009 for its bold scenography, the event contributes to changing consumers’ behaviour by offering concrete, inspiring, alternatives and a different approach to sustainable development: raising awareness while fostering the sense of beauty.

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Category: Biennial

KIDS DESIGN AWARD 2020

June 6
The Kids Design Award for the best product design - and thus also for the best aspiring young designer of the year 2020. Judged by independent experts from the design, industry and education sectors. The opportunity for all those, who would like to receive a distinction for their designs in the children's outfitting and furniture sector.

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Category: Awards

THE 127TH CANTON FAIR PDC ONLINE DESIGN SHOW

June 15 - June 24
Guangzhou, China
Canton Fair Product Design & Trade Promotion Centre (PDC) is a gateway for designers to enter the Chinese market. Present your design to 25,000 Chinese manufacturers and numerous buyers worldwide who are eager for design, and get your design order in the PDC online Design Show. Design studios are welcome to sign up for this online exhibition. WDO members enjoy a 20% off discount.

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WDO Member: Canton Fair PDC
Category: Online Exhibition

MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2020: THE FUORISALONE

June 16 - June 21
Milano, Italy
The Fuorisalone and the Salone del Mobile Week have united to define Milan Design Week, one of the world’s most important design events. For a week, Milan abounds with themed events, presentations, concerts, DJ sets and special projects related to the world of design, furniture and innovations in living solutions. Website
Category: Design week, Exhibition

DESIGNTALKS 2020

June 24 - June 28
Reykjavik, Iceland
The international conference DesignTalks is the signature event of DesignMarch, Iceland´s design festival. It is illustrating the spectrum of design and architecture, its relevance, power, potential and responsibility in today’s society. A full day of inspiration. Website
Category: Festival, Other

iF DESIGN AWARD 2021

June 26, 2020 - May 10, 2021
Hannover, Germany
Designers, manufacturers, architects and interior designers who want their product or project evaluated by internationally recognized design experts have turned to the iF DESIGN AWARD for decades. They do so to prove their company puts design in the focus of its business, and to attract international attention. Winning an iF DESIGN AWARD will help you stand out from the competition, improve your branding and reach new target groups.

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WDO Member: iF
Category: Awards

WORLD INDUSTRIAL DESIGN DAY 2020

June 29
World Industrial Design Day 2020 celebrates the amazing power of ‘design for everyday life‘, recognizing the value and benefits of design on the products and services that make our lives easier and more efficient. Join us on WIDD2020 as we recognize the practicality of design, as well as reflect on our increasing obsession with things.

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WDO Event, World Industrial Design Day
Category: International Day, WDO event, World Industrial Design Day

GOOD DESIGN AWARDS 2020

July 9
Celebrating the best in design and architecture across 11 main design disciplines spanning 28 categories, Australia’s Good Design Awards is the nation’s highest design honour, recognising and rewarding design excellence since 1958. Now in its 62nd year, the Good Design Awards has a long and proud legacy of promoting the best in design to a global audience. Australia’s only international design awards open for 2020 entry.

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WDO Member: Good Design Australia
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

27th WORLD CONGRESS OF ARCHITECTS

July 19 - July 23
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
UIA2020Rio, the 27th World Congress of Architects, is taking place in Rio de Janeiro the 19-23 July of this year. Keynote speakers include Eduardo Souto de Moura, Solano Benitez, Elizabeth de Portzamparc, Tatiana Bilbao and Francis Kéré.

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Category: Congress

THE ELEVATE PRIZE AWARD

September 18
The Elevate Prize is seeking to find, support, and shine a spotlight on leaders, innovators, activists, and risk-takers who are impacting their community every day, creating a multiplier effect that will allow them to more easily scale their work, impact more lives, and inspire others to tackle issues in their own communities – igniting a chain reaction of goodness across the world. Submit by 29 June.

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Category: Awards

5TH ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL

September 26 - November 8
Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and curated by Mariana Pestana, the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial will take place on 26 September – 8 November 2020. To be held with the title Empathy Revisited: designs for more than one, the biennial invites everyone from around the world to respond to the open call.

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Category: Biennial

WORLD CIRCULAR ECONOMY FORUM 2020

September 29 - October 1
Toronto, Canada
Canada will host the World Circular Economy Forum—from September 29 to October 1, 2020—in Toronto, marking the first time the international forum will take place in North America. By gathering global circular-economy leaders in Canada, the Forum will open up important discussions on circular-economy opportunities in the natural resource and manufacturing sectors, on leveraging business innovation and clean technology, and on circular solutions contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Category: Forum
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