Entries are invited for the SDGs Design International Awards 2019 in Japan. The SDGs design contest invites 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. 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.


Global society is increasingly expecting great things from design. Motivated by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we’re seeing efforts all over the world to solve problems seemingly unrelated to design like hunger, poverty, and inadequate food supply. Design’s role has moved beyond just the use of colors and shapes.

Submit designs for SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 14 Life Below Water or SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities. Any genre of design is accepted. The top winner of the international design competition will receive a prize of ¥300,000. The competition is open to all post-secondary students interested in design.


SDGs Design International Awards 2019 Details:

Host Country:

  • Japan

Organized & Sponsored By:

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.
The Nishi-Nippon City Bank, Ltd.
SCHOOL, Miyoshi Real Estate Co.,Ltd, YAMAYA COMMUNICATIONS. Inc.
Support:Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Kyushu Economic Federation,Kyushu Economic Research Center, Fukuoka Directive Council(FDC), etc.

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.

Prize Money:

  • Grand Prize: ¥300,000
  • Second Prize: ¥200,000
  • Third Prize: ¥100,000
  • Special Engagement Award: ¥50,000

Entry Overview:

Eligibility Criteria
  • Any student in a Japanese or overseas university, vocational school, or graduate school (including working students), who is interested in design, is eligible.
  • Students not majoring in the design are also welcome to enter.
  • Individuals or groups
  • Able to present their work at the Kyushu University Ohashi Campus on March 14, 2020
  • Any genre of design is accepted.
  • This not only includes design involving color and shape, but also the design of services and social systems.
  • They are seeking viable proposals that can help achieve the aims of the SDGs
Initial Review Period
  • June 1 – October 31, 2019

Submission Items and Process:

Initial Review: Written Plan

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.

Second Review: Presentation Board

  1. Explanation of the work outlined in presentation board size (A1: 594 × 841 mm), PDF format, in English.
  2. English version of the plan document sent in the first review.
  3. Send the work (optional) to the secretariat. Those who pass the first review will be contacted with specific details.

Final Review: In-person Presentation

Those who pass the second review will be asked to give a presentation at the Kyushu University Ohashi Campus.

Rights and Rules Concerning Entries

Attribution to rights holder and rules applied to the entrant’s work

The copyright for the submitted work and other intellectual property rights belong to the entrant.

However, regardless of whether or not the entrant is involved in this competition, with regard to advertising and other work by the organizer of this competition, consent is implied for non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and free-of-charge use of all works related to this competition in Japan and other countries.

Entrants will not exercise the author’s moral rights concerning work related to this competition against the use of the work by the organizer of this competition.

Rules concerning plagiarism in entries

For all entries, applicants themselves must confirm the entries do not infringe on third parties’ copyrights, intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or other rights.

Entries must be original works for which the entrant has all rights, and that have not yet been announced. If these entry conditions are not met, the application may be rejected.

If there is suspicion of plagiarism concerning a submitted work, the organizer of this competition may request to speak with the applicant as well as request submission of relevant documentation. If these actions do not resolve the suspicion of plagiarism, the organizer may cancel the entry at its discretion.

Important Dates:

  • The last day to submit your entry: 31 October 2019
  • Final presentation and award ceremony: 14 March 2020