We look forward to celebrating examples of great interaction design from around the world.
Getting Ready
The details for preparing your entry.

What you’ll need:

1. Information about you and/or your team
Who you are (names), where you live/work/study, and how we can contact you (email, postal address, telephone).

2. A video with information about your project
This is where you describe your project. Create a video, up to 4 minutes in length, answering these four questions:

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

We are not looking for high production quality or glossy marketing – tell us your story in the best way you’re able. A great example of a storytelling video was created and entered by a previous winning project, Konnekt.

Wondering what tools you might use to make a video? Look at Adobe Voice or Videolicious for easy examples of pulling something together.

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

4. Rationale for submitting within a particular category
Written description of why your project is representative for the chosen category.

Select which of the following six categories best fits your project. You are welcome to submit your project into more than one category.

  • 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 previous award winners for examples of projects in each category.

Submit your entry
Now that you're ready...


You’ll need to create an account with Wizehive (online contest software) to submit your entry however the good news is you’ll only need to do it once. Thereafter, you can enter as many times as you like but each project must be submitted separately. We do this to facilitate assignment of entries to reviewers later on, during the peer review process.

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 in one category for free; $15 for each subsequent category it is entered into.
Professionals: Each project may be entered in one category for free; $120 for each subsequent category it is entered into.

See which region you live in.

Complete the form, upload your video and photo(s), review your entry, and submit before September 5th, 2016 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (USA).

You must complete payment (zone 1, professional) or complete submission (all students, professional zone 2) to finalize your submission and be eligible for evaluation. Sorry, we are not able to refund or reverse paid entries, but thank you for your contribution to IxDA’s Interaction Awards program.

What's next?
You did it! Now it's just a matter of time.

Once the call for entries has been closed, IxDA members will be invited to participate in an online peer review process designed to help select the 2016 shortlist. Approximately 72 shortlisted projects (up to 12 per category) will be announced in October 2016.

After evaluation has started and onward, you’ll need to contact us if you wish to remove your project from consideration.

Shortlisted entries will be notified via the contact information that is provided with the initial entry, and will have the opportunity to submit additional information in October 2015 prior to being evaluated by an international Jury during an in-person jury weekend event this fall. Up to five finalists in each category will be announced thereafter. All shortlisted entries will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, which will open up for voting in January 2016.

Finalists will receive one complimentary registration to the Interaction17 conference in New York City, (February 4-8, 2017) where they will have the opportunity to display and discuss their project at a dedicated Interaction Awards booth, allowing all conference attendees to experience and share in the work.

On Wednesday evening, February 8th, 2017, the Best in Category, Student and Show award winners will be announced and celebrated during the Awards ceremony. The People’s Choice winner and our special Future Voice Award will also be celebrated.

Shortlisted entries, finalists and winners become a permanent part of the Interaction Design Awards Yearbook. Have a look at previous finalists and winners for inspiration!

Our 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 work hard to find tough, fair and discerning professionals as judges.

Each project is evaluated along the four dimensions below. Judges will be looking for how well a project met its objectives for the people who need or use it most, as well as the craft and impact related to achieving its objectives.

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?

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Interaction Awards is an initiative of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), a global network of over 80,000 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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