June 1, 2022

Distributed Design Awards 2022

Join the fifth edition of the Distributed Design Awards!

The Distributed Design Awards celebrate the creative, mind-shifting and responsible design responses to the post-industrial design paradigm. We recognize multidisciplinary, innovative and sustainable designs from Europe’s makers, designers and creatives.

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

? Distributed Design principles

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

? Circular economy principles

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

? Social challenges and human wellbeing

Both of the end-user and potential co-producers are included in co-creation or design (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.

We promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Inviting everyone, with Europe based projects, independent of their origin, ethnicity, creed, culture, gender identification or religious background to join!

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. This call is open to those of any background or experience, independent of present academic involvement.


Open for Entries ? Wednesday, June 1st

Submissions Deadline ? Call extended until July 10th


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?? 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 and  The Index Project mentorship.

Future Thinking

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

? The winner will be awarded Other Today’s coaching sessions.

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 mentorship sessions with Kickstarter.

Adaptable & Open Design

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

? The winner will be awarded a Craftbot Flow 3D printer

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  Free 1-year subscription plan to Wikifactory and 250 euro discount in Marketplace by Wikifactory

Applications are now closed!


This year’s jury is made up of international distributed design experts on each assessing round, representing 16 high-profile cultural and design institutions in total, these are Pakhuis de Zwijger, P2P Lab, Re:Publica, Happy Lab Vienna, Danish Design Centre, Innovation Centre Iceland, Maker, Espacio Open, Polifactory, Politecnico Milano, Ars Longa – Fab City Store, Fab Lab Budapest, Open Dot, Plitécnico de Lisboa, MAO, Fab City Foundation and Design & Crafts Council Ireland.


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. 


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.


Kickstarter helps creative projects come to life. Backers have pledged over $6B to projects on their platform, helping artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators make their ideas a reality.


Other Today is a London based design studio that promotes the power of Distributed, Circular and Open design to radically reduce planetary impact, shift power & create a fairer society. Founded by Nat Hunter and Gareth Owen Lloyd, the studio explores how regenerative culture and organisational behaviour can positively impact people, society and the planet.


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.


Wikifactory is the place where great ideas become even better products. They’ve embedded an agile hardware product development Workspace within a very different type of social platform. One dedicated to productivity.


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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