Index: Award

The nomination process for INDEX: Award 2017 is now closed. Thank you for all your contributions! The total count is a record-breaking 1,401 nominations from 85 countries. Nominations for INDEX: Award 2019 can be uploaded from October 1st 2017. If you can’t wait, send us your tip via email to

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INDEX: Award is the biggest design award in the world, worth €500,000, and is commonly referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize of design’. The importance lies in the unique, over-arching theme of Design to Improve Life: a concept enabling design to be used as a tool to address the world’s biggest challenges and reach our biggest goals. This concept has established INDEX: Award as a global, inspirational design beacon.

INDEX: Award is awarded biennially in Denmark, and has since its inauguration in 2005 received over 6100 nominations from more than 100 countries.

INDEX: Award is split into five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play & Learning and Community, and one earmarked prize sum of €100,000 is presented to the winner in each category.

All winners and finalists are selected by the international INDEX: Award Jury according to the three criteria of Form, Impact and Context, representing not only the appearance of the design but also its ability to improve life for its user. Anyone can nominate for INDEX: Award, free of charge.
The INDEX: Award 2017 winners will be unveiled on September 1st 2017 in Elsinore, Denmark.


INDEX: Award is split into five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play & Learning and Community, representing human life from inside out.

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INDEX: Award is aligned with the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), which officially came into force on January 1st 2016. They call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

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The Design to Improve Life Goals were identified from a detailed internal strategy where we, the entire team, interviewed over 100 experts from all over the world. Our aim was to identify impending challenges, as well as new trends and technologies with potential for solving these issues. We compiled and analyzed this data and identified five new goals that are not exclusively covered in the current 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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The international INDEX: Award Jury consists of 11 influential men and women from all over the world - each one adding insight and experience from their field of expertize to the unique, collective intelligence of the group.

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In the set of rules below, we have compiled a bunch of facts that are nice to know if you are nominating for INDEX: Award. Here you can find out who and what is eligible, how the award process works, how the jury evaluates a nominated design – and much, much more.

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