We look forward to celebrating examples of great interaction design from around the world.

Entry to the 2020 Interaction Awards is open to all companies, individuals, and students. Complete the form, payment, upload your video and photo(s), review your entry, and submit before 26 September 2019 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (USA).

What You'll Need
The details for preparing your entry.

1. Team Information

  • Who you are (names)
  • Where you live/work/study
  • How we can contact you (email, postal address, telephone)

2. Video
Create a video, up to 4 minutes in length, describing your project and answering these four questions:

  • What opportunity was the project addressing?
  • Who were you designing for?
  • What was the impact?
  • What was the project’s design process?

We are not looking for high production quality or glossy marketing – tell us your story in the best way you’re able. A great example of a storytelling video was created and entered by a previous winning project, Konnekt.

Wondering what tools you might use to make a video? Look at Adobe Voice or Videolicious for easy examples of pulling something together.

Video files should be in a 16:9 ratio in .MOV or . AVI video format. Please do not include any copyrighted music in your material.

3. Hero Image

Bring your project to life for us. Provide one hi-res photo or illustration that encapsulates the project.

  • Images should be in a 16:9 landscape format and a minimum of 3000px wide.

4. Rationale 

  • A written description of why your project is representative of the chosen category.
Submission Categories
Select which of the following six categories best fits your project. You are welcome to submit your project into more than one category.

Connecting: Facilitating communication between people and communities. See videos from previous awards winners in the Connecting category here.

Engaging:  Capturing attention, creating delight and delivering meaning. See videos from previous awards winners in the Engaging category here.

Empowering:  Enabling people to go beyond their limits. See videos from previous awards winners in the Empowering category here.

Expressing:  Encouraging self-expression and/or creativity. See videos from previous awards winners in the Expressing category here.

Disrupting:  Re-imagining completely an existing product or service by creating new behaviors, usages or markets. See videos from previous awards winners in the Disrupting category here.

Optimizing:  Making daily activities more efficient. See videos from previous awards winners in the Optimizing category here.


Entry Fees
Entry fees are per project, per category submitted.


To reflect the diversity of the global IxDA community and support fair and inclusive participation, the entry fee for your project corresponds to your geography and professional/student status. The fee structure was guided by the widely accepted International Monetary Fund classification. Payment per entry is submitted via credit card and signature debit card.

See which region you live in.


Students: Each project may be entered in one category for free.

  • Early bird: $35 for each subsequent category until 31 August 2019
  • Regular: $50 for each subsequent category from 1-26 September 2019
  • Late: $75 for each subsequent category after 26 September 2019


  • Early bird: $175 for each category until 31 August 2019
  • Regular: $200 for each category from 1-26 September 2019
  • Late: $225 for each subsequent category after 26 September 2019


Students: Each project may be entered in one category for free.

  • Early bird: $15 for each subsequent category until 31 August 2019
  • Regular: $20 for each subsequent category from 1-26 September 2019
  • Late: $35 for each subsequent category after 26 September 2019

Professionals: Each project may be entered in one category for free.

  • Early bird: $80 for each subsequent category until 31 August 2019
  • Regular: $100 for each subsequent category from 1–26 September 2019
  • Late: $120 for each subsequent category after 26 September 2019
Submit Your Entry
Now that you're ready...

This link will take you to the OpenWater (online contest platform) site, where you will need to create an account to submit your entry, but you’ll only need to do it once.  Once you’ve done that, you can enter as many times as you like but each project must be submitted separately. We do this to facilitate assignment of entries to reviewers later on, during the peer review process.

You must complete payment (Zone 1, professional) or complete submission (all students and professional, zone 2) to finalize your submission and be eligible for evaluation. Sorry, we are not able to refund or reverse paid entries, but thank you for your contribution to the IxDA Interaction Awards program.

What's Next
You did it! Now it's just a matter of time.

Once the call for entries has been closed, IxDA members participate in a private online peer review process to select the 2020 shortlist. Approximately 72 shortlisted projects (up to 12 per category) will be announced in late October 2019.

After evaluation has started and onward, you’ll need to contact us if you wish to remove your project from consideration.

Shortlisted entries will be notified via the contact information that is provided with the initial entry, and will have the opportunity to submit additional information in October 2019 prior to being evaluated by an international Jury during an in-person jury weekend event this fall. Up to five finalists in each category will be announced thereafter. All shortlisted entries will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, which will open up for voting in January 2020.

Finalists will receive one complimentary registration to the Interaction20 conference in Milan, Italy (2-8 February 2020).

On Friday, 7 February 2020, the Best in Category, Student and Show award winners will be announced and celebrated during the Awards ceremony. The People’s Choice winner and our special Future Voice Award will also be celebrated.

Shortlisted entries, finalists and winners become a permanent part of the Interaction Design Awards Yearbook. Have a look at previous finalists and winners for inspiration!

Evaluation Criteria
Reflecting the broad spectrum of Interaction Design, we have created categories that speak to the nature of the interactions as opposed to the forms that they take.

Platforms, domains, and professional status will help the jury to understand the context of the work better, but the ultimate decision is based on the quality of work and the design sensibility of the peer reviewers and the Jury. That’s why we worked hard to find tough, fair and discerning professionals as judges. Each project is evaluated along the four dimensions below. Judges will be looking for how well a project met its objectives for the people who need or use it most, as well as the craft and impact related to achieving its objectives.

Opportunity: Looking at the driving force behind the project, what challenge or opportunity is the project addressing? Is the intent clear and well-founded?

Audience: How well did the project team understand the people most impacted by the project – its intended audience – and design for that audience? In what contexts is this product or service at play?

Impact: How well did the project deliver on its intended impact, against the challenge at hand (opportunity addressed), the audience (needs & behavior addressed), and the business (profit, cost, brand)?

Craft: How well did the project team employ and convey their design process? How well did the final project demonstrate its elegance in language, functionality, and use, as it supports human interaction? How well does the final project demonstrate attention to detail, fit and finish, and how the chosen medium serves the purpose and goals of the design?


Interaction Awards is an initiative of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), a global community of over 100,000 individuals worldwide dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. Find out how to join your local group and get involved at www.ixda.org.

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