Distributed Design Awards 2021 Open Call for Projects

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Distributed Design Awards 2021 Open Call for Projects

Distributed Design Awards 2021 Open Call for Projects now is over!

Distributed Design Awards 2021 Open Call for Projects: Distributed Design Awards 2021, award that celebrate the best maker and design responses to the post-industrial design paradigm, has been recently announced for entries and this year has intent to recognise the most innovative and sustainably designed projects across Europe.

Short description

Distributed Design Platform, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, serves to re-think local manufacturing, with the advancements of digital tech and the internet in mind, has launched the fourth edition of their annual European-wide open competition.

The Distributed Design Awards 2021 celebrate the best maker and design responses to the post-industrial design paradigm. These awards recognize the most innovative, supportive and sustainably designed projects across Europe.

Organiser are looking for design projects that take the following into account:

Distributed Design principles - Open source, transparency, allows for adaptation and/or customization.
Circular economy principles - Local production, smart manufacturing, responsible materials, product life cycle and afterlife.
Social challenges and human wellbeing - Both that of the end-user and potential co-producers (socioeconomic business models, regenerative systems, etc.)

Participation is open to all creative projects at the intersection of the maker movement and digital design under the following restrictions:

The work must have been designed no longer than 5 years ago.

Participation is limited to projects designed within Europe by designers based in any country of the European Union or countries that participate in the Creative Europe Programme.

The design project must reflect some of the aspects of at least two of the four principles of distributed design: valuable, distributable, reproducible and design sensitive.

Projects should be at least in the production stage but ideally are already tested and finalised projects.

Projects submitted for previous editions of the Distributed Design Awards are not eligible.

Submission requirements:

Explain and defend your project as best as possible. This is your chance to convince the jury.

The images should be a good representation of your project. Sketches or working documents are not allowed. High-quality images are desired. High quality renders will be considered.

Submitted projects don’t need to be addressed to any specific award category. All works compete in all categories.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 1st.

Who may enter?

This award is open to anyone working in the creative disciplines dealing with Design and Making: creative players, makers, designers, artists, architects, scientists, students and others.


Project Excellence - 2.000 € project funding
Future Thinking winner - SPACE10 mentorship (description to come)
Responsible Design winner - IDEO U Designing a Business course. A 5-weeks online course starting on August 19th on how to make a business desirable for customers, financially viable for stakeholders, and feasible to build and deliver to the world.
Open & Adaptable Design winner - The Index Project mentorship: The Index Project mentorship is part of the Design to Improve Life Education methodology, the Compass, which help entrepreneurs to develop better solutions.
People’s Choice winner - Craftbot Flow 3D printer

Entry fees

There is no entry fee to participate!

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