Kyushu University: SDGs Design International Awards Ceremony 2021

The SDGs Design International Awards (SDGs Awards) invite design ideas from students around the world that will lead to the achievement of the SDGs goals. The purpose of the awards is to encourage young people and share their ideas with many people worldwide to create a sustainable society.

This year’s awards, the third of its kind, were held under the theme of “Let’s create a carbon-neutral society: Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast.” The world is actively pushing toward realizing a “carbon-neutral” society, where greenhouse gas emissions are effectively reduced to zero. The world is facing various challenges in the environment, cities, architecture, products, communication, services, and social systems, and hence design is needed in every aspect of our lives. This year, we received 83 applications from 11 countries and regions.

The awards ceremony on October 16 will be conducted in a fully online format that tens of thousands of people can view. In this event, Professor Shigenori Fujikawa, Director of the Research Center for Negative Emission Technologies of Kyushu University, will be giving a keynote speech on cutting-edge research. Also, last year’s award-winning team will be introducing the implementation process of their proposal. In addition, the 13th Asian-Pacific City Summit Special Edition to be held by Fukuoka City will feature an address by the President of Kyushu University, an introduction to Kyushu University’s research, and a discussion by the SDGs Design International Awards 2021 winners and judges on October 27 from 3:00 pm.


14:00-16:00 SDGs Design International Awards Ceremony 2021
14:10-14:40 Keynote speech: Shigenori Fujikawa, Director of Kyushu University Research Center for Negative Emission Technology
14:40-14:50 Introduction of last year’s award winner proposal implementation
14:55-15:25 Announcement of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards
15:25-15:53 Announcement of the Corporate/University Awards
15:53-16:00 Announcement of the Special Awards for High School Student(s)
Held completely online!
Date and time: Saturday, October 16, 14:00 – 16:00 (YouTube site will open from 13:30)
Organized by SDGs Design Unit, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
Co-organized by Kyushu Hakuhodo