About the Awards

The Interaction Awards recognize and celebrate examples of excellence in Interaction Design across domains, channels, environments and cultures.

Entry to the Interaction Awards is open to all companies, individuals and students until September 14, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT. Enter now!

To reflect the diversity of the global IxDA community and support fair and inclusive participation, entry fees are based on geography and professional status.

A shortlist of at least 72 projects (minimum 12 per category) will be announced in October 2014, and will ultimately be showcased online within the Interaction Design Yearbook.

We’ll invite the community to evaluate the shortlist and select their favorites for People’s Choice.

The shortlisted projects will be evaluated by the Interaction Awards Jury at an on-site final evaluation event at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in Copenhagen, Denmark, in November 2014. Up to five finalist winners in each category will be announced shortly thereafter and will receive one registration to the Interaction15 conference in San Francisco in February 2015, where we’ll announce the winners. All finalists and winners will receive a trophy.

Professionals and students are invited to submit both concept (work not scheduled for production) and production projects (work scheduled for production or live) of any kind, created during the past two years, that exemplify outstanding interaction design in any of the six categories.

Connecting:  Facilitating communication between people and communities.

Engaging:  Capturing attention, creating delight and delivering meaning.

Empowering:  Enabling people to go beyond their limits.

Expressing:  Encouraging self expression and/or creativity.

Disrupting:  Re-imagining completely an existing product or service by creating new behaviors, usages or markets.

Optimizing:  Making daily activities more efficient.

See last year’s award winners for sample projects in each category.


Up to 30 Finalist Winners (a maximum of five in each category) are awarded a trophy and one free registration for the Interaction15 Conference in San Francisco in February, 2015.

All Finalist Winners will have the opportunity to display and discuss their work at the dedicated 2015 Interaction Awards booth, allowing all conference attendees to experience and share in the work.

All shortlisted entries will be included in the Interaction Design Yearbook, an annual snapshot of the state of Interaction Design around the world.

How it works


What you'll need
To enter a project, you'll need a few simple things.

To Enter, you’ll need:

Information about you and/or your team
Who you are, where you live/work/study, and how to contact you.

A video with information about your project
Create a video, up to 4 minutes in length, answering these 4 questions:

  • What opportunity was the project addressing?
  • Who were you designing for?
  • What was the impact?
  • What was the project’s design process?

A photo representing your project
A print quality image  that illustrates your project and the impact of your work.

Rationale for submitting within a particular category
Textual description of why this project is representative for the chosen category.

If your project is shortlisted (NB! Not required for initial submission).
If your project is shortlisted, you will have the opportunity to update your entry and submit additional materials for the Jury to consider. These materials will be used for things such as the Interaction Design Yearbook and display at the Interaction15 Conference.

Fee structure
Entry fees are per project, per category submitted.

To reflect the diversity of the global IxDA community and support fair and inclusive participation, the entry fee for your project corresponds to your geography and professional/student status The fee structure was guided by the widely accepted International Monetary Fund classification.

Payment per entry is submitted via credit card and signature debit card.

Region 1

Students: Each project may be entered in one category for free; $50 for each subsequent category it is entered into.

Professionals: $200 for each category entry

Region 2

Students: Each project may be entered into one category for free; $15 for each subsequent category

Professionals: No fee for first category entry; $100 for each subsequent category

See which region you live in.

Evaluation process

Round One

An international panel of peer reviewers and the Jury will collectively evaluate all submissions at least three times to select a shortlist of at least 12 entries in each category. These entries will be recognized within the Interaction Design Yearbook and showcased online by December 2014 and throughout the upcoming year.

Round Two

Shortlisted entries will have the opportunity to submit additional information within October and will be evaluated at an on-site jury event at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), in Copenhagen, Denmark, in November 2014. The jury will select up to 30 finalist winners (up to 5 per category), to be notified by email in November 2014. All finalist winners will be given one conference registration for the Interaction15 Conference, where the Best in Category, Student and Show award winners will be celebrated and announced.

Evaluation criteria

Reflecting the broad spectrum of Interaction Design, we have created categories that speak to the nature of the interactions as opposed to the forms that they take. Platforms, domains, and professional status will help the jury to understand the context of the work better, but the ultimate decision is based on the quality of work and the design sensibility of the peer reviewers and the Jury. That’s why we worked hard to find tough, fair and collegial judges.

Each project is judged in and of itself along the following four dimensions, allowing the jury to later evaluate across wildly varying scopes of projects. We want to see how well a project met its objectives for the people who needed it most, and the craft and impact with which it achieved those things.

Opportunity: Looking at the driving force behind the project, what challenge or opportunity is the project addressing? Is the intent clear and well-founded?

Audience: How well did the project team understand the people most impacted by the project –its intended audience– and design for that audience? In what contexts is this product or service at play?

Impact: How well did the project deliver on its intended impact, against the challenge at hand (opportunity addressed), the audience (needs & behavior addressed), and the business (profit, cost, brand)?

Craft: How well did the project team employ and convey their design process? How well did the final project demonstrate its elegance in language, functionality, and use, as it supports human interaction? How well does the final project demonstrate attention to detail, fit and finish, and how the chosen medium serves the purpose and goals of the design?

The Interaction Awards are open to all professional and student designers worldwide. To be eligible for an award, you must meet the following criteria:
  1. You must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Your work must be original, and you must have the right or authority to submit it for review and have it published.
  3. If you enter student work, you must be able to prove student status between July 2012 and August 2014.
  4. You must be an IxDA member. You may register at IxDA.org for free at any time.
  5. All entries must be received by September 14, 2014, at 11:59 PM EDT.
  6. All entries must be in English (English subtitles welcome, where applicable)
  7. Read and accept the 2015 Interaction Awards Terms & Conditions.
  8. All eligible projects must have been completed between July 2012 and August 2014:
    • Submitted professional projects and student projects must have been completed between July 2012 and August 2014.
    • Concept projects must not be scheduled for production until after the evaluation period September 2014 and November 2014, and must have been finalized between July 2012 and August 2014.

Entries that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for an award.

The fine print
  • All entries are submitted through Wizehive, an online contest software.
  • You only need to register once on Wizehive. After that you can submit as many entries as you like.
  • Each project must be submitted separately.
  • You can save and edit your entries as much as you like, until you proceed to the payment step.
  • You can make changes or delete your entry until submissions close.
  • You must complete payment (zone 1, professional) or complete submission (all students, professional zone 2) to finalize your submission and be eligible for evaluation.
  • We will not reimburse paid entries, but we thank you for your contribution to the awards.
  • Once evaluation has started in September 2015 onward, you’ll need to contact us to remove your project from consideration.

Interaction Awards is an initiative of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), a global network of over 50,000 members worldwide dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. Find out how to join your local group and get involved at www.ixda.org.

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