Eligible projects should:

  • Be industrial design driven – other design disciplines may be called upon, but projects should have a significant industrial design component.
  • Showcase the expanding and innovative ways that industrial design can make a positive impact in the world, including in the design of systems and experiences.
  • Use design thinking; use a solutions-focused, multi-disciplinary, iterative approach to problem solving that includes the participation of end users in the research and development phases of the project (e.g. participatory planning, co-design, prototyping).
  • Reflect the vision of Icsid to create a world where design enhances our social, cultural, economic and environmental quality of life.
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Evaluation Criteria

Nominated projects will be evaluated based on the criteria outlined below:

  • Impact: The impact the project has on the quality of life of the community for which it is intended.
    • Is the intended beneficiary well defined?
    • Has the project described the “what” and “how”?
    • Has the project identified target outcomes?
    • Has the project involved the intended beneficiary?
  • Innovation: The combination of new and old approaches, the probability of transference of the core idea, the potential replication of technology used in the project as well as the opportunity for reverse innovation.
    • Are there elements of the project (best practices) that can be universally shared?
    • How well has the project utilized the concept of prototypes and feedback to improve its concept?
    • How well has the project used methods to compensate for lack of access to production technology?
    • How well does the project incorporate locally relevant approaches?
  • Context: The relevance of the project to the intended beneficiary and the reflection of the local economic environment, infrastructure and culture in the design.
    • Did the project understand the needs of the intended beneficiary?
    • Has the project partnered with other organizations (beyond financial partnerships) in the development process?
    • How well has the project identified a leadership team or a governance/management structure?
    • How well does the project complement or build on existing infrastructure? (e.g. physical, political, cultural infrastructure)
  • Ease of Use: The reliability, ease of maintenance, sustainability and affordability of the design as well as the use of locally relevant materials and suppliers.
    • Is the project affordable and durable?
    • Is the project easy to maintain and are replacement parts easily available?
    • Is the project easy to use or run, requiring minimal additional training, if any, for the intended beneficiary?
    • Is the project environmentally sustainable?


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