Teddy Bag wins INDEX Design Challenge!

International student design teams Lily Pad, Soap Shish, Elephant Walk Desk, padBack, Reach & Match, Akshara and Teddy Bag convened in Copenhagen for their first meeting together - and one design team left as the winner of the INDEX Design Challenge.

These seven international design teams were faced with Advisors, Experts and a Jury for the final stage of the competition; the Advisory Workshop.

The Jury selected Teddy Bag using INDEX’s criteria of form, impact and context to deliver their verdict. Teddy Bag was selected as the project that had the most potential to be realized with the highest impact.

The Jury congratulated designers François Verez and Ane Eguiguren for their design “that had the child in the centre and for a design where impact could be measured easily”. The design is robust, can be rapidly produced and can easily be dispatched to kids in emergency situations.

The Jury commended Francois and Ane’s presentation, their thorough iteration process, their testing and their broad product range that can be extended from the design; it is a simple and effective system that can be implemented and measured for impact. The Jury wanted to award a special mention to Cansu Akarsu, for reaching the final stage with two designs; padBack and Soap Shish and commend her ability to see and understand the challenge and responding with robust ideas.

The goal was to design solutions that can impact education in developing countries, through the five challenges that UNICEF posed last year.

The INDEX Design Challenge is a unique design competition focused on using design processes as a means to promote change; using real challenges and activating real solutions. The objective of the workshop was to develop go-to-market solutions for each team group - together with the Jury, Advisors and Experts - and also to build the confidence of the design teams to see realization as a real option. It is about designing the designers!

Jury members including Bill Fowler, Director of Global Education at Cisco Global and Kippy Joseph, Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation co-created the evaluation criteria used to evaluate the finalist’s projects.

Advisors and Experts including Eva-Carin Banka Johnson of IKEA, Anthony Lau, founder of Cyclehoop London and Jakob Steen Christensen, partner of JAJA architects were invited to share knowledge, experience and capacity during the 2 day workshop.

The finalists were:
Akshara – an innovative learning tool that enhances tactile learning and imagination.
Sayantani Dasgupta and Meghma Mitra, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (IN)

Teddy Bag – a versatile school bag that transforms into temporary furniture that can be used in emergency crises.
François Verez and Ane Eguiguren, Université Technologique the Compiegne (UTC) and Elisava School of Design (FR & ES)

padBack – not only a sanitary product but a whole system around providing girls and sanitary pads but also a sustainable system for production.
Cansu Akarsu, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KR), Istanbul Technical University (TR)

Soap Shish – inspired by the shape of ‘shish’ kebabs and an abacus, a clever design that builds in a process for manufacture and making hand-washing a fun experience for the child.
Cansu Akarsu and Eun Jung Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KR), Istanbul Technical University (TR)

Elephant Walk Desk – a joyful elephant-shaped design for children that has a playful appeal and feeds the imagination.
Stephen Pennington, University of Notre Dame (US)

Reach & Match – a broad and diverse solution that can enable children with blind and visually impaired children learn and play.
Lau Shuk Man, Monash University (AU)

Lily Pad – an elegant hemp fiber ground mat that makes the child feel like being in the centre of a lily pad.
Shiny Lam and Joey Loi, Ryerson University (CA)

The INDEX Design Challenge 2010 has been running since June 2010. More than 1,000 students from 29 countries across the globe joined the competition which resulted in 115 concrete design solutions submitted.

Download full challenge brief