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Design X Social 2022: Designing for Crisis

Design X Social is an annual global innovation challenge, for the international design community to get together to tackle pressing social issues. The challenge is open and free for all to enter, and registrations are now open!

The theme for Design X Social ’22 is Designing for Crisis. As the world emerges from the pandemic’s clutches, and several other crises have severely hit us. Be it the war in Ukraine or the Sri Lankan economic crisis, the world continues to go through challenging times. Such anthropogenic disasters have disrupted the global economy and the well-being of people, making us wonder if the world will ever heal.

Amid worldwide crises, can we take inspiration from resilient economies like Japan after the World War or Norway after the COVID pandemic? Can our creative community design resilient and sustainable systems for individuals, and society at community, national and international levels? These questions form the basic premise of this year’s theme at DXS’22.

Here are some ideas to begin with and build from:

  • Reimagine/redesign systems for basic needs, i.e., Healthcare, Finance, Education, and Security – how can these systems help individuals/communities cope with such catastrophes? How can we make these systems robust and sustainable?
  • Re-design government systems and policies – how can these systems and governance be citizen-inclusive and citizen-led, with people as stakeholders?
  • Healing post-disaster trauma – how can we help people overcome the trauma left by such disasters?

DXS’22 invites designers, design students, and anyone interested in making a difference to participate in this challenge. Participating teams get the opportunity to learn first-hand from industry expert serving as mentors. Mentors will guide each team through the process of creating a viable solution for this challenge.

Participating teams stand to win awards, recognition, and more!

For more information on the challenge timeline, evaluation criteria, judging process, and FAQs, visit the official website.