Campaigns designed to draw attention to social issues and inspire people to act or to promote world-changing products or services.
AI & Data
Projects that harness the power of data, machine learning, or artificial intelligence to 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, making it more sustainable, more energy efficient, and more humane.
Art & Design
Projects using design as the vehicle to shake up conversations surrounding society’s most pressing issues.
Projects designed to limit emissions, reverse global warming, mitigate the impacts of climate change, help build resiliency to climate disasters, or otherwise help solve climate issues.
Items for your house or office that help you live a more purposeful life, or fundamentally alter outdated business models or supply chains of our current consumer goods.
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 any other innovative ideas to create clean power (either for personal use or at a large scale) or new systems for better electricity distribution.
Concepts, prototypes, and just-launched ideas that may not have clear impact but have the potential to change how we think about an issue.
Projects changing what we eat, how we eat, and 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, or 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 projects 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 more safer, smarter, or more meaningful.
Small Business: Fewer than 100 Employees (New)
For world-changing projects from companies with fewer than 100 employees
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 more than 1,000 employees.
On The Rise: 0-4 Years In Business
For world-changing projects from companies that have been in business under 4 years.
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 over 15 years.
The broadest ideas, be they new government policies, new business models, or entire new consumer categories. Anything that has the potential to effect true systems change or solve wicked problems.
World Changing Company Of The Year
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