INDEX: AWARD WINNERS AND FINALISTS

Since the inaugural INDEX: Award in 2005, more than 4,700 nominations from over 100 countries have been scrutinized by our jury’s keen eyes. This resulted in 450 finalists, spanning everything from life-saving water straws and invisible airbags to intelligent roads and ocean cleaning systems. The 30 designers/design teams, who eventually went on to win, received a grand total of €3 million.

INDEX: AWARD 2015

INDEX: Award 2015 broke all previous records for a fourth straight award cycle by receiving 1,123 entries from 72 countries all over the world. They ranged from apps helping the blind and wearable thermostats to paper microscopes and self-driving cars. Ultimately, 46 finalists were selected.

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INDEX: AWARD 2013

INDEX: Award 2013 broke all previous records for a third straight year by receiving 1.022 entries from more than 80 countries all over the world. They ranged from intelligent roads and grasshopper farms to sharing platforms and pollution-measuring kites. 59 finalists were selected.

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INDEX: AWARD 2011

INDEX: Award 2011 received an – at the time – record breaking 966 entries for the competition from more than 70 countries all over the world. The nominations spanned everything from invisible airbags and shoe packaging to CO2 neutral cement and social housing, and 60 finalists were selected.

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INDEX: AWARD 2009

In 2009, the third inaugural INDEX: Award received an all-time high of 720 entries from 54 countries on six continents, from which 69 finalists were chosen. They ranged from cameras for the blind and animation movies to microloan banks and EV infrastructure.

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INDEX: AWARD 2007

In 2007, INDEX: Award was presented for the second time. The award received more than 350 nominations from all over the world and from these the 110 best were selected as finalists. That year, the trends were e.g. off-road wheelchairs, disaster relief, homeless shelters and electric cars.

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INDEX: AWARD 2005

The inaugural INDEX: Award received 538 nominations from 43 countries and from these nominations, the INDEX: Award Jury selected the 116 best as ‘Top Nominees’ (the term Finalist was not inaugurated until 2007). INDEX: Award 2005 showed that even though Design to Improve Life was a new concept at the time, the designers of the world had no problems coming up with a broad scope of design-based, innovative solutions like water filters, care robots, dry-composting toilets and malaria/AIDS relief systems.

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