April 1, 2021

Distributed Design Awards 2021

Join the fourth edition of the Distributed Design Awards!

The Distributed Design Awards celebrate the best maker and design responses to the post-industrial design paradigm. These awards recognize the most innovative, supportive and sustainably designed projects across Europe.

We’re looking for design projects that take the following into account:

? Distributed Design principles

Open source, transparency, allows for adaptation and/or customization.

? Circular economy principles

Local production, smart manufacturing, responsible materials, product life cycle and afterlife.

? Social challenges and human wellbeing

Both that of the end-user and potential co-producers (socioeconomic business models, regenerative systems, etc.)

Applications are now closed


This award is open to anyone working in the creative disciplines dealing with Design and Making: creative players, makers, designers, artists, architects, scientists, students and others.

A broad definition of ‘emerging creatives’ is adopted to include designers and makers who apply the Distributed Design concept to diverse applications, this could include platforms, deployments or products for example.


Open for Entries ? Thursday, April 1st

Submissions Deadline ? Friday,April 30th Monday, May 10th

Applications are now closed

?? Entry Guide & Rules

Before submitting your project, please read the detailed application guidelines:



Project Excellence Award

This presentation will tackle all four core principles of the distributed design model: Open, Ecosystemic, Sustainable and Supportive.

? The winner will be awarded 2.000 € in funding to further develop the project.


Future Thinking

Design for a better future, considering social and cultural challenges and human wellbeing.

? The winner will be awarded a SPACE10 mentorship.

Responsible Design

Design that engages circular design principles such as responsible materials. It draws on the capacity of local materials and or knowledge, including craft or specialist processes.

? The winner will be awarded IDEO U Designing a Business course

Adaptable & Open Design

Design that is made open source, is transparent and/or allows for adaptation and/or customisation.

? The winner will be awarded The Index Project mentorship

People’s Choice

Design recognised by people and the Distributed Design network online/ the most voted entry.

?The People’s Choice winner will be awarded a Craftbot Flow 3D printer.


This year’s jury is made up of international distributed design experts on each assessing round, representing 17 high-profile cultural and design institutions total, these are Stichting Pakhuis de Zwijger, P2P Lab, Re:Publica, Happy Lab Vienna, Danish Design Centre, NYSKOPUNARMIDSTOD ISLANDS, Maker, Espacio Open, Polifactory, Politecnico Milano, Ars Longa – Fab City Store, Fred and Company – Other Today, FabLab Budapest, Open Dot, Tal Tech, Plitécnico de Lisboa MAO and Paved with Gold.


Project members

Special Jury

Nadya Peek


Guillaume Charny-Brunet


Liza Chong

The Index Project

Daniel Charny


Primavera De Filippi

Berkman Klein Center, Harvard

Indy Johar

Matter Labs



Distributed Design

The initiative is organized by Distributed Design, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. It fosters the role of emerging Makers and Designers as part of our new digitized world. It celebrates, supports and inspires these professionals from across Europe and provides opportunities to support the mobility and circulation of their work to connect them with new, digital markets.



Fab Lab Barcelona is the research and innovation center, situated inside the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).

We focus mainly on Research, Education, and Services, pushing the boundaries of what Fab Labs can be and do in neighborhoods, cities, and regions. It is also the headquarters of the Global Coordination of the Fab Academy program and leads the Fab City Project, an initiative that aims to develop a new model for locally productive and globally connected self sufficient-cities.

The Distributed Design Platform is led by Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC. 


IDEO U is an online learning platform where individuals, teams, and organizations can learn to apply human-centered, design-based strategies to grow and become more innovative.  Classes include service design, business design, leading creative teams, and designing for change.


SPACE10 creates research and design innovative solutions for some of the major societal changes expected to affect people and our planet in the years to come. They prioritise a collaborative approach, working with an ever-growing network of forward-thinking specialists and creatives from around the world and share all  research and ideas publicly.


The Index Project

The Index Project, formerly INDEX: Design to Improve Life, is a Danish nonprofit organisation that promotes designs aimed at the improvement of life worldwide, both in developed and developing countries. The organization is behind the biennial Index Award.


Craftbot is a Hungarian developer, innovator, and manufacturer of 3D printers.  Craftbot offers a range of desktop printers fitting for first makers and spanning to industrialists and manufacturers with the largest professional plug&play IDEX 3D printer currently available in the marketplace. Since its foundation, Craftbot has designed and manufactured 10 different 3D printer models and has sold more than 10.000 units worldwide.


Creative Europe is the European Union’s programme to support the cultural and creative sectors (including audio-visual). It supports projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development. Creative Europe will provide €1.46 billion over seven years to strengthen Europe’s cultural and creative sectors.

Applications are now closed

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