We're in a world of trouble — design can save us!

The Index Award biennale celebrates people, from far and wide, using design to solve the problems that matter — what we call Design to Improve Life. Since 2005, we’ve recognised some of the world’s most impactful and iconic solutions. From tiny tools that diagnose disease to environmental moonshots saving our most vulnerable ecosystems.

Notable past winners include LifeStraw (2005), the Tesla Roadster (2007), Kiva (2009), Hövding (2011), Raspberry Pi (2013), The Ocean Cleanup Array (2015), Zipline (2017) MARSHA (2019), and Algorithmic Justice League (2021). See all former finalists and winners here.

The Index Award isn't just about upholding great designs but about celebrating diversity, inspiring hope and, acting as a catalyst for groundbreaking innovation. It takes all types to design a future that works for everyone, that's why we're always on the lookout for the next game-changers — whoever you might be!

Nominating a solution is free and easy — all you need to do is register online and follow the prompts. You can enter your own project, nominate on behalf of others or simply send us a tip if you think there's something we should know about.

Five categories representing human life from inside out.
Body comprises all designs that aim to keep us physically and mentally healthy. This can include wearables, devices, apps and all care-related products and services.
View all 66 Body nominations
What comes after the SDGs?
We talked to the world to find out - meet the Design to Improve Life Goals
01
Navigate Post-Factual Society
Understand the drivers behind post-factual society and promote the value of factual information as the sound basis for global development
02
Balance Human & Artificial Intelligence
Achieve a healthy balance between human intelligence and the exponential growth of artificial intelligence
03
Trust, Tolerance & Empathy
Promote trust, tolerance and empathy to achieve a broad sense of global solidarity
04
Innovative Financial System
Develop and support financial mechanisms that prioritise profit, people and planet - the triple bottom line model
05
Refugees and Migrants
Stabilise the growing refugee and migrant crisis and promote more inclusive systems for newcomers
06
Sustainable Tourism
Build and boost sustainable tourism models that minimise impact on global ecosystems and improve livelihoods of locals
07
Ethical Leadership
Establish a global code of ethics for leadership, at all levels, and develop better tools to hold leaders accountable for their actions
08
Generational Harmony
Strengthen understanding between generations and create models for improved inclusivity and collaboration between age groups