The Rules

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

We’ll award up to 34 prizes for outstanding work that embody and improve meaningful relationships between people and the products and services they use, exemplifying outstanding Interaction Design.

Entry to the awards competition is open to all companies, individuals and students from now until September 30, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. 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 up to 72 projects will be announced by November 2013, and will be showcased online. We’ll invite the community to evaluate the shortlist and their favorites for People’s Choice.

The shortlisted projects will be evaluated by the Interaction Awards Jury at an on-site final judging event at Fabrica in Treviso, Italy, November 9-10, 2013. Up to five finalist winners in each category will be announced shortly thereafter and will receive one registration to the Interaction14 conference in Amsterdam in February 2014, where we’ll announce the Best in Category, Best in Student, Best in Show, People’s Choice and IxDA Future Voice Award winners. All winners will receive a trophy and all Best in winners a cash prize.

Professionals and students are invited to submit both concepts and production work 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 Interaction14 Conference in Amsterdam in February, 2014. All Best in Category, Student and Show Winners will also receive a cash prize. The People’s Choice Winner will also receive a cash prize.

Best in Show: $1500
Best Concept: $1000
Best Student: $1000
Best in Category: $750
People’s Choice: $750

How it works


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

When you Enter, you’ll need:

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

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

Bring your project to life for us. Provide up to two photos or illustrations.

A video
Create a video, up to 2 minutes in length, that explains the opportunity your project is addressing, who you were designing for, and the impact because of it. We’re not looking for high production quality nor gloss. Tell us your story, in the way you’re able.

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: $50
Professionals: $200

Region 2
Students: $20
Professionals: $120

See which region you live in.

Jurying process

Round One 
A geographically-dispersed panel of peer reviewers will evaluate all submissions (3-5 each) to select a shortlist of up to 12 entries in each category. These entries will be recognized and showcased online by November 2013.

Round Two
Shortlisted entries will be evaluated at an on-site jury event at Fabrica, in Treviso, Italy, the weekend of November 9-10, 2013. The jury will select up to 30 finalist winners, to be notified by email in November 2013. All finalist winners will be given one conference registration to for the Interaction14 Conference, where the Best in Category, Student and Show award winners will be celebrated and announced.

Judging 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 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?

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 be used?

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 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 August 2011 and October 2013.
  4. You must be an IxDA member. You can register at for free at any time.
  5. All entries must be received by September 30, 2013.
  6. All entries must be in English
  7. Read and accept the 2014 Interaction Awards Terms & Conditions.
  8. All eligible projects must have been completed between September 2011 and September 2013:
    • Submitted projects must have been completed between September 2011 and September 2013.
    • Student projects must have been submitted to a school between September 2011 and September 2013.
    • Concept projects must not be scheduled for production, and must have been finalized between September 2011 and September 2013.

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 should 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 to finalize your submission and be eligible for judging.
  • We will not reimburse paid entries, but we thank you for your contribution to the awards.
  • Once judging has started, you’ll need to contact us to remove your project from consideration.



Education Partners

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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

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