The final presentation and award ceremony for the SDGs Design International Awards 2020 (SDGs Awards) will be held November 10, 2020, in a fully online format that can be viewed by tens of thousands of people, as befits a new era of SDG awards. A wealth of content will also be available, including a collaboration with Fukuoka City.
The aim of the SDGs Awards is to encourage young people through soliciting design ideas from students around the world that will lead to the achievement of the SDGs goals and giving recognition to the best entries. These ideas created by young people will be shared with people around the world so that their ideas can be realized to create a sustainable society.
This year’s theme for the second award is “Overcoming the Pandemic, Design for Evolution,” calling for a wide range of ideas, including those that can be used immediately to respond to this unprecedented crisis, ways of living and working after the coronavirus era, and proposals for social systems and international cooperation. The number of applications totaled 184 from 16 countries.
In collaboration with Avex, the festival will be opened by SKY-HI, a popular musician with strong support from the youth, who will perform an original theme song to launch the festival and make it “a festival accessible to students around the world.”
“Coronavirus infection is a challenge that everyone in the world faces, and everyone is anxiously searching for a way of life in the future,” says Shigeki Inoue, chair of the organizing committee and professor of Kyushu University’s Faculty of Design.
“We invited students from around the world to submit designs that would solve this universal challenge. It includes fresh and bold ideas that will change the way we live. Please take a look at the works proposed by these young people to overcome the pandemic.”
Date and Time: November 10 (Tuesday), 13:00–18:00 (YouTube site opens from 12:00)
Organized: SDGs Design Unit, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
Co-sponsor: Kyushu University Asia Week 2020 International Symposium
“Design of the After-Corona Society from an SDGs Perspective”
・Date and Time：November 10 (Tuesday). 13:00-18:00 (YouTube site opens from 12:00)
・Organized: SDGs Design Unit, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
・Spin-off event: Kyushu University Asia Week 2020 International Symposium