Students of the world
can solve our problems!

It is said that if humans continue to live as they do, they will need three earths in 2050.

The younger generation can use their design and creative skills to find solutions for what is the most urgent scenario in human history.
With that strong conviction, we created these awards.

These awards invite students from all over the world to use their design skills to create new, bold, and innovative solutions.
You can help reshape the future of humanity with your design.

About the SDGs Design
International Awards


Global society is increasingly expecting great things from design. Motivated by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we’re seeing efforts all over the world to solve problems seemingly unrelated to design like hunger, poverty, and inadequate food supply.
Design’s role has moved beyond just the use of colors and shapes.
Design offers an effective way to solve society’s problems.
These awards recognize and encourage students with great potential to change society. They aim to share brave new solutions widely around the world, serving as a driving force to improve our future society. We look forward to many students contributing their ideas, and we hope for generous support and sponsorship of these awards.

SDGs Design International Awards Committee



Let’s Create "Sustainable design for FOOD"

Kyushu University presents “Food culture of the future” ideas envisioned by students around the world.


Sustainable Food Design

“Food” is indispensable for life.
What can we do to ensure life continues to exist through our eating and food practices?
Food is essential for humans and animals to exist.
We are seeking designs to address social problems that deal with food, such as sustaining it, preserving its culture, and making it possible for everyone to have access to it.
Please feel free to think creatively with the following keywords as reference.


Food Culture:

Designs that preserve food culture and connect it to the future


  • Ideas for passing on traditional food culture, such as cooking methods, ingredients, eating styles, and serving styles, to future generations
  • Ideas for promoting understanding of unique food cultures of countries or regions to people from different nations


How to eat:

Designing ways of eating that lead to new behaviors


  • Ideas for containers and utensils that are easy for various people (e.g. those with disabilities, elderly, children, etc.) to use and cook with
  • Ideas for environmentally conscious containers and cooking methods
  • Ideas for making mealtime an enjoyable experience


Sustainable Food:

Designs that address social challenges related to food and create a better future.


  • Ideas for changing eating habits to reduce food waste
  • Ideas to enable the production of new kinds of food that respects the global environment


Food Technology:

Designing to transform food and its consumption for the better with technology


  • Ideas for technologies and systems to improve food distribution.
  • Ideas for farms and agriculture that protect the environment to enable production that does not adversely affect the land



Food design ideas other than above four themes.


  • Ideas for food that is easy to store, transport, and eat in the event of a disaster
  • Ideas for creating memories and fostering communication involving food

Let’s Create "Sustainable design for FOOD" with Companies!

Coming Soon



“Let’s Create Sustainable Future Design for Children”

  • Gold Award Gold Award 300,000 yen +Certificate
  • Silver Award Silver Award 100,000 yen +Certificate
  • Bronze Award Bronze Award 50,000 yen +Certificate

Let’s Create Sustainable Design Future for Children with Companies!

Corporate Award(s) Corporate Awards 50,000 yen each

The companies supporting and actively participating in the SDGs Design International Awards will nominate winners from the entries.

青メダル Special Award(s) for
High School Students
緑メダル Merit Award Certificate

Entry Overview

Any students in universities, graduate schools, vocational institutions, or high schools in Japan or overseas interested in design may apply (including working students).
Students not majoring in the design discipline are also welcome to apply.

Student can apply as an individual or in a group.

Student must belong to an educational institution at the time of application.

Any genre is welcome.
We are looking for a wide range of ideas such as product design, graphic design, fashion design, architecture, urban planning, engineering, sociology, and any field.
August 1, 2024 – September 30, 2024



SDGs Design International Awards 2024 Committee

Unit Addressing SDGs through Design

SDGs Design Unit