The World Design Impact Prize (WDIP) was founded with the belief that solutions to most societal challenges already exist, but are unrecognised or untapped. The goal of the Prize is to recognise and promote these already existing ideas. By sharing these solutions with a wider audience the Prize hopes to accelerate their dissemination and encourage an exchange of ideas across the globe.
The World Design Impact Prize is an initiative of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and is awarded biennially. The inaugural award was presented to Kenyan-based Planning System Services Ltd. for their Community Cooker project in February 2012. The award was given during the World Design Capital (WDC) Design Gala in Lahti (Finland).
The projects are nominated by individuals who are part of an Icsid’s Member organisation and are then shortlisted by a Review Panel before being voted on at the Icsid General Assembly by its membership. To read more about the eligibility or selection criteria check out the award guidelines.
The finalists will be announced on 24 January 2014 and the award will be presented at the World Design Capital® (WDC) International Design Gala in Cape Town (South Africa) in February 2014.