The SDGs Design International Awards (SDGs Awards) invite design ideas from students around the world that will lead to the achievement of the SDGs goals. The purpose of the awards is to encourage young people and share their ideas with many people worldwide to create a sustainable society.
This year's awards, the third of its kind, were held under the theme of "Let's create a carbon-neutral society: Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast." The world is actively pushing toward realizing a "carbon-neutral" society, where greenhouse gas emissions are effectively reduced to zero. The world is facing various challenges in the environment, cities, architecture, products, communication, services, and social systems, and hence design is needed in every aspect of our lives. This year, we received 83 applications from 11 countries and regions.
The awards ceremony on October 16 will be conducted in a fully online format that tens of thousands of people can view. In this event, Professor Shigenori Fujikawa, Director of the Research Center for Negative Emission Technologies of Kyushu University, will be giving a keynote speech on cutting-edge research. Also, last year's award-winning team will be introducing the implementation process of their proposal. In addition, the 13th Asian-Pacific City Summit Special Edition to be held by Fukuoka City will feature an address by the President of Kyushu University, an introduction to Kyushu University's research, and a discussion by the SDGs Design International Awards 2021 winners and judges on October 27 from 3:00 pm.