Montreal (Canada), 12 November 2021 — World Design Organization (WDO)® announced today that the following projects (in alphabetical order) have been identified as the three finalists for the World Design Impact Prize™ 2021: JERRY: The Jerrycan Waterfilter, My Safetipin and TRASHPRESSO.
With a record number of submissions from more than 20 countries, 10 projects were shortlisted for this year’s prize by an international review panel in June 2021. The shortlist was then voted on by WDO member organizations, representing design schools, design promotion agencies, professional associations, cities and private sector companies in over 40 nations.
“The World Design Impact Prize creates a platform to talk about industrial design as a means to creative problem-solving and these projects are very much a testament to the inventiveness and ingenuity of designers,” stated WDO President, Srini Srinivasan. “These are real-word solutions for real-world problems, and we see it as a privilege to be able to bring the world’s attention to these projects.”
The three finalists’ projects address issues of water scarcity and sanitation, gender equality and urban safety and plastic waste. JERRY, designed by Netherlands-based Studio Forthemany, is a self-cleaning water filter made specifically to fit on all standard-sized jerry cans to provide safe drinking water for those without access to it. JERRY aims to tackle the global issue of access to safe drinking water by addressing the issue at point-of-use, with usability at the heart of the design.
My Safetipin is a personal safety app designed to collect data on women’s experience in public spaces with the goal of building a world where everyone can move around without fear. Developed and managed by Active Learning Solutions (India), the app offers several unique features, including a map that allows users to determine the safest route to their destination in real time.
As the world’s first mobile industrial grade plastic trash upcycling platform, TRASHPRESSO transforms industrial and household wastes into sustainable building materials, specialty fabrics, furniture and fixtures. Designed by MINIWIZ (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei), TRASHPRESSO democratizes the collection, sorting and transformation of waste with minimal impact on the environment and offers hands-on campaigns to drive the adoption of more sustainable and circular practices across industries.
The winner of the World Design Impact Prize 2021 will be announced on 23 November 2021 as part of a virtual World Design Talks. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their projects to the global design community and engage in a moderated panel session exploring the importance of social impact design. More information on this event, including how to register, can be found by visiting https://wdo.org/programmes/wd-talks/world-design-impact-prize/.