SDGs Design International Awards 2022 Call for Entries

Release date: 2022.06.27



The SDGs Design International Awards will be held again this year, inviting students interested in design from around the world to submit their “designs” for saving the world. There are things we can contribute to solving social issues! We are waiting for applications from the younger generation who are trying to solve complex social issues with their creative ideas.

Theme: Let’s Design High-Quality Educational Experiences!
SDGs Goal 4 : Quality Education

From Kyushu University, let’s show the world the “High-Quality Education” that students worldwide have thought up!

Intending to create an education in which young people, who will be responsible for the future, have hope for the future, value, life, and are peaceful and considerate of each other, we will discuss “High-Quality Education” in the world and Asia.  We will share the “design” of the ideal education with students from Kyushu University and worldwide.

Theme 1: Let’s Design “High-Quality Educational Experiences!”

Why not rethink the idea and process of education in our schools?

In this era of rapid change, what is the role of education that is needed today? What is the goal of education?  What is the best type of education needed by the young people who will be responsible for the future?  How should we collaborate with companies?  How should Asia and the rest of the world collaborate to create better education for the future?

We are looking for design ideas that combine the following four keywords and “Education” from around the world.

“Culture”, “Art”, “Design”, “Advanced Technology”

“Education X Culture”
 ~New possibilities for education from a cultural perspective~
 e.g.) Classes that Allow Students to Experience dining at Home in Different Parts of the World
“Education X Art”
 ~New educational possibilities created by fusing education and art~
 e.g.) Creating a Happier Future: An Elementary School Curriculum Specializing in Art
“Education X Design”
~Creating classes, environments, and systems for education utilizing design methods~
 e.g.) Educational Programs to Provide a Happier Future for the Socially Vulnerable
“Education X Advanced Technology”
 ~Proposal for future education utilizing advanced technology~
 e.g) Development of Educational Programs and Tools that Use Big Data and to
          Propose a Happy Future for Unequal People

Theme 2: Let’s Design “High-Quality Educational Experiences” with the Companies!

Solving social issues cannot be achieved by one person alone. Collaboration with companies and local communities is also important. What kind of education can each company offer in the areas in which they wish to improve society? We are looking for ideas for class curricula, events, apps, educational facility design, art, and more.

YUKO LUCKY Group Award
Let’s Design a Learning Place for Adults that will Revitalize the Community.

Marine World Award
Design learning opportunities and systems that encourage people to participate in activities to preserve the richness of local oceans and rivers for the future.

Kyushu Gas Award
A fun design that teaches people that the energy choices they make at home are important in many ways.

Entry Overview

Theme 1: Let's Design High-Quality Educational Experiences!
Gold Award 300,000 yen + Certificate
Silver Award 100,000 yen + Certificate
Bronze Award 50,000 yen + Certificate
Theme 2: Let's Design "High-Quality Educational Experiences" with the Companies!
Corporate Awards 50,000 yen + Certificate
Theme 1 & 2
Special Award(s) for High School Students 
Certificate + Special Online Campus Tour by Kyushu University(planned) 


Any students in universities, graduate schools, vocational institutions, or high schools in Japan or overseas interested in design may apply (including working students).
Students not majoring in the design discipline are also welcome to apply.
*Student can apply as an individual or in a group.
*Student must belong to an educational institution at the time of application.


Any genre is welcome.
We are looking for a wide range of ideas such as product design, graphic design, fashion design, architecture, urban planning, engineering, sociology, and any field.

Application Period

June 15- September 30, 2022

Organizer : Kyushu University Faculty of Design SDGs Design Unit Center for Designed                                     Futures of Kyushu University
Co-organizer : Kyushu Shiawase Kyoso Labo (KYUSHU HAKUHODO Inc.) / Dongseo                                              University ASIA DESIGN CENTER FOR FUTURE
Cooperation : Cumulus Association / International Office, Faculty of Design / Beijing                                                Institute of Technology

Reference: SDGs Design International Awards 2022 (Flyer)

For inquiries

SDGs Design Unit Secretariat, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
4-9-1 Shiobaru, Minami-Ku, Fukuoka, Japan 8158540
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SDGs Design Unit Secretariat, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
4-9-1 Shiobaru, Minami-Ku, Fukuoka, Japan 8158540
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