SDGs Design International Awards 2019, Call for Competition

Change the world with your design!

This competition is organized for all students in the world to design solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Students can solve our problems!

It’s said that we continue living as we do, we’ll need three Earths by 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.
Let’s explore solutions together with the younger generation who are boldly taking on the challenge of solving complex social problems.


For more information

SDGs Design International Awards 2019



Entry Themes

Submit designs and ideas for A, B, or C using the entry form and in the designated written plan format. You can download the format document ( from the submission page in our website. ※Plans that pass the initial review will be published on the website.


A Designs to counter damage caused by natural disasters


B Designs to protect the oceans’ abundance and beauty


C Designs for human coexistence beyond nationality, ethnicity, or age




First Review Entry Period: June 1 – October 31, 2019

Announcement of First Review Results: End of November 2019 (planned)

Second Review Entry Period: Early December 2019 – Late December 2019 (planned)

Announcement of Second Review Results: Late January 2020 (planned)

Final Presentation and Award Ceremony: March 14, 2020



Prize Money

Grand Prize 1Group ¥300,000

Second Prize 1Group ¥200,000

Third Prize 1Group ¥100,000

Special Encouragement Award 2Groups ¥50,000




[Head Judge]

Yasuyuki Hirai

Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University



Hua Dong

Professor, Design School, Loughborough University


Kimitaka Kato

Executive Director, Japan Institute of Design Promotion


Clare Brass

Director, Department 22


Kazufumi Nagai

President, Hakuhodo Design



For more information

SDGs Design International Awards 2019



Organizer: Kyushu University Faculty of Design SDGs Design Unit (, Center for Designed Futures of Kyushu University



Co-organizer: Kyushu Shiawase Kyoso Labo (Kyushu Happiness Co-creation Lab; Hakuhodo Kyushu branch office), The Asahi Shimbun Company, THE NISHINIPPON SHIMBUN CO., LTD.




SDGs Design Unit Secretariat, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University

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