2018 World Changing Ideas
We’re now accepting entries for Fast Company’s second annual World Changing Ideas awards, which honor products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for good.
We’re looking for any ideas that have launched since the start of 2017, running the gamut from finished product to brave concept. Feasibility and the potential for impact are two key criteria—so having something in users’ hands is a big advantage. But we also want to award ingenuity and help foster innovation, which is why well-thought-out ideas that are not yet in the field will also be considered. Entries will be considered by a venerable group of designers, venture capitalists, thinkers, social entrepreneurs, and Fast Company editors. You can see some of the judges below, and more will be added in the coming months.
By giving these awards, we hope to give more attention to ideas with great potential, and help them expand their reach and serve as inspiration for more people to start work on solving the problems that affect us all. The finalists will appear in an upcoming issue of Fast Company magazine (circulation 725,000) and on Fast Company’s website (12 million visits per month).
You can read about last year’s winners and finalists here.
The entry period will run from 9/27 to 12/7.
Campaigns designed to draw attention to social issues and inspire people to act or to promote world-changing products or services.
Projects that live primarily in a mobile format, in any discipline.
Items for your house or office that help you live a more purposeful life, or fundamentally alter outdated business models or supply chains of our current consumer goods.
Products designed specifically for the developing world, both ones intended for the bottom of the pyramid and those intended to help create leapfrog innovation.
Solar, wind, and any other innovative ideas to create clean power (either for personal use or at a large scale) or new systems for better electricity distribution.
Projects changing what we eat, how we eat, and how we get our food.
Products and projects that improve either personal or global well-being and longevity, from apps to devices, to new medical equipment.
Any visual or creative project that helps explain and publicize global problems and solutions.
Projects in any category, created by undergraduate or graduate students.
Projects that get you places—whether on two wheels or four—in new, interesting, and fuel-efficient ways.
Buildings, landscapes, and programs that make cities—and living in them—cleaner, more efficient, more beautiful, and more equitable for their citizens.
Our 2018 Judges
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