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World Design Talks: Social Impact

23 November 2021
8:30 – 10:00 AM EST

World Design Impact Prize™ (WDIP) is an initiative that highlights the creativity and ingenuity of designers everywhere working to address a variety of global issues. This year, nominated projects addressed issues such as maternal health, water scarcity, climate change, public safety and homelessness.

On 23 November 2021 from 8:30am – 10am EST, WDO hosted a 90-minute World Design Talks where we had the opportunity to hear from the three finalist projects JERRY: The Jerrycan Waterfilter,
My Safetipin and TRASHPRESSO and learn about how they are using design to make a difference in communities around the world.

This online event offered key perspectives from the project leads on the problems that their solutions aim to address and culminated with the announcement of the recipient of the World Design Impact Prize 2021 edition.


Srini Srinivasan
President of WDO
Chairman & CEO of LUMIUM DESIGN, Inc.

Bertrand Derome
Managing Director


Teresa Franqueira
Designer and Associate Professor, University of Aveiro and International Coordinator,
DESIS Network

World Design Impact Prize Finalists

Olivier de Gruijter
Design Engineer

Kalpana Viswanath
Co-founder and CEO
My SafetiPin

Jarvis Liu
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer


*Programme subject to change at the discretion of the organizer

8:30 EST

Welcome and introductions

8:35 EST

History of World Design Impact Prize

8:45 EST

Finalists Presentations

  • Olivier de Gruijter, JERRY
  • Kalpana Viswanath, My SafetiPin
  • Arthur Chian Chi Huang, TRASHPRESSO

9:15 EST

Moderated Panel Session with all finalists

9:35 EST

Outcome of WDIP Trophy competition

9:45 EST

Announcement of WDIP 2021 recipient

9:55 EST

Closing remarks