Fast Company’s sixth annual Innovation By Design Awards drew more than 2,500 submissions. The 299 honorees, chosen by expert judges in 13 categories, represent the best products, services, interfaces, and ideas of 2017. Read on and get inspired.
Projects that aid developing countries or underprivileged communities.
What3words is a global addressing system that allows NGOs to locate patients and provide care in countries where millions of people live in informal settlements.
MapSwipe is a mobile app that crowdsources mapping data, allowing aid workers to locate people in need during humanitarian crises.
Simprints created a portable biometric scanner to digitally link a person’s fingerprints to their medical records, helping the 1.5 billion people who lack formal identification to access better healthcare.
The LendUp Ladder
Designed as an alternative to traditional payday loans, Lendup Ladder gamifies the loan process, making it easier to keep track of loans and payments.
Universal Baby Box Program
The Baby Box Co. provides baby products packaged in boxes that double as sleeping spaces for babies.
Designed by WearWorks, Wayband is a wearable device that allows blind and visually impaired users to navigate their environment through vibrations.
Yoshino Cedar House
Created by Samara, Airbnb’s innovation and design studio, Yoshino Cedar House is an experimental architecture project centered around community and rural regeneration in Japan.
A social learning platform designed by Arizona State University and Artefact for African youth in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.
Batela Lobi Na Yo
To combat high rates of unplanned teen pregnancy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, IDEO.org and DKT International created a program to educate adolescents in Kinshasa about contraceptives.
Johnson & Johnson's crowdfunding platform built to support health initiatives anywhere in the world, for free.
Designed by Good Works Studio, the Emergency Floor is a quickly deployable, lightweight, insulated flooring system that prepares refugee shelters built on bare earth for cold winters.
High-Risk Pregnancy Toolkit
A toolkit designed to help healthcare professionals and laypeople detect high-risk pregnancies in communities with limited access to healthcare.
A digital platform that connects seniors with home care providers.
An initiative from Google and Tata designed to get women in rural India better access to the internet.
Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors
A research tool that collects data about girls and cultural attitudes toward girls in the developing world.
The ELIA Tactile Alphabet
Designed by ELIA Life Technology, a tactile reading system based on the Roman alphabet.
IBM Health Corps is a pro bono program focused on tackling health disparities around the globe, and the Vectrl app helps Health Corps team members collect data and provide better care.