Montreal (Canada), 13 January 2021 — World Design Organization (WDO)® is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the World Design Impact Prize 2021, which aims to recognize industrial design-driven projects that have a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural or environmental quality of life. 

Interested parties are invited to submit project details via the online form at no later than 30 April 2021. Additionally, WDO is also accepting nominations for projects until 31 March by individuals who do not have a project of their own to submit, but who know of one that would be deserving of this recognition.

“While we realize that there are a number of awards that showcase the social benefits of design, the World Design Impact Prize is unique in its attempt to not only seek out projects and recognize them for their solutions-based ability, but to bridge the gap between problems and solutions, design and purpose,” stated WDO President Srini Srinivasan. “Win or lose, through the process of this call, we hope to not only find outstanding examples of design-led innovation, but to leverage our voice as an international organization to shine a spotlight on products and projects that have an impactful story to share about the communities they affect, the challenges they address and ultimately the difference they are making in the lives of everyday people.”


Projects should showcase the expanding ways that design can make a positive impact on the world, including the design of systems and experiences.

Submissions or participation from other design disciplines are welcome but eligible projects must:

  1. currently be in production or in use in one or more locations
  2. yield positive impact and reflect socially conscious design
  3. be industrial design driven and/or showcase innovative uses of industrial design
  4. demonstrate design thinking in the planning (participatory planning, co-design) as well in the design itself
  5. reflect the vision of WDO to create a world where design enhances our social, cultural, economic and environmental quality of life

Key dates

  • 13 January – 30 April: Submission period
  • May – June: Project showcase
  • 29 June: Shortlist announced
  • 1-15 September: Voting period
  • September: Finalists announced
  • October: Winner announced
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