Campaigns designed to draw attention to social issues and inspire people to act or that promote world-changing products or services.
AI & Data
Projects that harness the power of data, machine learning, or artificial intelligence to better understand the world and empower change.
Projects that live primarily in a mobile format, in any discipline.
Buildings that change the way we live or work, using or creating more sustainable materials, or more energy-efficient design, and help make our world more humane.
Art & Design
Projects using design as the vehicle to shake up conversations around society’s most pressing issues.
Projects designed to mitigate the impacts of climate change, limit emissions, help build resiliency to climate disasters, or otherwise help solve issues of climate crisis.
Items for the home or office that help us live a more purposeful life, or fundamentally alter outdated business models or supply chains of our current consumer goods.
Corporate Social Responsibility
For corporate initiatives that use a company’s platform and power to help advance change, either internally or for the community.
Developing World Technology
Products designed specifically for the developing world, both ones intended for the bottom of the pyramid and those intended to help create leapfrog innovation.
Companies or initiatives that help inspire better and more equitable learning.
Solar, wind, and other innovations that create clean power (either for personal use or at a large scale) or new systems for better distribution of electricity.
Concepts, prototypes, and just-launched ideas that may not yet have clear impact but have the potential to change how we think about an issue.
Products or services that change what we eat, how we eat, or how we get our food.
Medical innovations that save lives, extend longevity, or increase access to care.
Impact funds, social impact bonds, and other investments in change making organizations or initiatives that generate societal benefit along with financial return.
Media & Entertainment
Movies, books, videos, and other projects that expose issues or create actionable change.
Projects supporting conservation, increasing biodiversity, reforestation, protecting threatened animals and ecosystems, or otherwise helping to solve nature-based issues.
Programs, products, policies, and anything else designed to mitigate either the health effects of COVID-19 or the economic effects of lockdowns during the second year of the pandemic.
Politics & Policy
Innovative campaigns or policy initiatives that challenge the status quo for the benefit of the environment, equity, and society.
Projects that help advance the cause of civil rights for marginalized people or groups.
Projects whose main feature is a software component, in any discipline.
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.
Landscapes, urban designs, and policies that make cities and living in them cleaner, more efficient, more beautiful, and more equitable for their citizens.
Projects designed to increase access to clean water, fight drought, protect oceans, or otherwise help solve water-related issues.
Products and services that improve either personal or global well-being, from equipment to apps to consumables.
Projects that improve our lives in the office, increase employees rights, or make work safer, smarter, or more meaningful.
Small Business: Fewer than 100 Employees (New)
For world-changing projects from companies with 99 employees or less.
Mid-sized Business: 100–999 Employees (New)
For world-changing projects from companies with between 100 and 999 employees.
Large Business: 1,000+ Employees (New)
For world-changing projects from companies with 1,000 employees or more.
On The Rise: 0-4 Years In Business
For world-changing projects from companies that have been in business for 4 years or less.
Established Excellence: 5-14 Years In Business
For world-changing projects from companies that have been in business between 5 and 14 years.
Enduring Impact: 15+ Years In Business
For world-changing projects from companies that have been in business for at least 15 years.
The broadest ideas, whether they’re new government policies, new business models, or entirely new consumer categories. Anything that has the potential to effect true systems change or solve wicked problems.
World Changing Company Of The Year
The most world changing company of the previous year, selected by Fast Company editors. Companies will be judged on the quality, breadth, and ambition of their submitted work.