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The Finalists Of The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards: Students

A healthier, brighter, more efficient world doesn’t just happen—it happens by design.

The Finalists Of The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards: Students

That's proven by the finalists from our 2014 Innovation by Design competition, chosen from 1,587 boundary-pushing entries. All are listed here, and category winners will be announced at our conference in New York on October 15. Learn more at


By Oier Ariño, Phillip Ewing, Daniel Goodman, Hasier Larrea (MIT Media Lab Changing Places group)
Wave, and a bed slides out of a wall. Wave a different way, and here comes a table. This customizable design system makes small spaces versatile.

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By Sean Follmer, Hiroshi Ishii, Daniel Leithinger (MIT Tangible Media Group)
One day, you could high-five your kid from across the globe, using MIT's shape-shifting display that makes digital information tangible.

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Pocket Printer

By Zuta Labs
The Kickstarter-funded Pocket Printer is a roving, smartphone-controlled robot carrying an ink cartridge, which can slip into a bag and be pulled out whenever the user needs a tangible document.

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Puzzle Facade

By Javier Lloret
The outside of a square Austrian building is covered in lights and turned into a giant remote-controlled Rubik's Cube. Anyone can play.

WINNER Rapid Packing Container

By Chris Curro and Henry Wang
Cardboard boxes practically assemble themselves with this design, which also uses 15% less material than a traditional box for less waste.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 2014 issue of Fast Company magazine.