Design Challenge

Design Challenge

“(Re)imagining a world after COVID-19”

Our daily life has been changed drastically after the outbreak of COVID-19. We cannot meet, learn or play in the same way as before. We now need to build new, inclusive and creative ways to deal with the challenges we are facing. 

This year, the Interaction Design and Children 2021 conference invites children to participate in a Design Challenge titled “(Re)imagining a world after COVID-19”. We invite children all over the world to (re)imagine the post-pandemic world and submit their vision of how technology can help to make the world one they would like to live in.

There are plenty of questions we would like to ask children to think about when dreaming of the world after this pandemic has ended. Some examples are the following:

  • How will we have lunch together with friends in remote places by sharing sights, sounds, smells, and tastes?
  • How will we find and maintain friendships all over the world overcoming time-zone differences?
  • How will we play together no matter what different languages we speak?
  • How will we spend time and share memories with our grandparents?
  • How will we care for those who are lonely, who need food, clean water, a shelter or other support?

We would like to see your vision of how technology could help to make all the above and even more to happen. What would this technology look like? How would it work? How would this technology tackle one or more of local yet global problems? There are no wrong answers, only plenty of creativity. Design it, draw it, build it and tell us about it!

IDC21 Design Challenge poster Dutch
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poster in English (.pdf)
poster in Greek (.pdf)
IDC21 Design Challenge poster Hebrew
poster in Hebrew (.pdf)
IDC21 Design Challenge poster IT
poster in Italian (.pdf)
IDC21 Design Challenge poster JP
poster in Japanese (.pdf)
IDC21 Design Challenge poster PT
poster in Portuguese (.pdf)
IDC21 Design Challenge poster Spanish
poster in Spanish (.pdf)

Challenge Phases & Submission

In Phase 1 of the 2021 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Design Challenge, children all over the world are invited to submit their initial ideas in response to the topic  “(Re)imagining a world after COVID-19”.

Submissions can be made by individuals or teams of students from a classroom or an entire school, or even combinations from different schools, clubs, towns, or countries. Each team is invited to fill out a simple form with a brief description of their idea along with drawings or other material that will give an initial impression of the idea that they wish to carry forward in Phase 2.

Each team is free to choose the best form and means to express and share comfortably their ideas. It could also be worth looking at the material submitted for the 2020 edition, when the theme was ‘Making this planet a better place!. The ideas received will form the basis for the second phase of the Design Challenge.

We will offer the option for the different submissions to be added to a shared workspace. In this space, the teams will have the chance to look at each other’s ideas. They are welcome to then merge their ideas and proceed to the Phase 2 of submissions in a collective way if they want to.

Submission of initial design ideas for Phase 1 has CLOSED.

In Phase 2, we invite each team or groups of teams that submitted an initial idea to submit an elaborated design concept (e.g. sketches or a presentation of a working prototype) that responds to the same brief and presents and explains the concept of your Phase 1 idea to the Design Challenge judges further.

Specifically,

  • Your video should not be longer than 1 minute.
  • Your video should be saved in an MP4 format.
  • You may use any tool you wish to create your video (see our tips for design challenge video preparation webpage for some suggestions).
  • Your submission can be accompanied by supplementary material (e.g., drawings, sketches, photos, a presentation).

To submit your 1-minute video for Phase 2:

  • If you wish to include additional materials along with your video, please create a .zip archive containing all your files.
  • Please rename your file to include the number of your submission (sent to you by e-mail) in the filename. For example, for submission 1 the filename should be submission1.mp4 (or submission1.zip if you have more files).
  • Use the form sent to you by e-mail to upload your submission.

Your submission is due by midnight on the Phase 2 deadline.

In Phase 1 of the 2021 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Design Challenge, children all over the world are invited to submit their initial ideas in response to the topic “(Re)imagining a world after COVID-19”. Submissions can be made by individuals or teams of students from a classroom or an entire school, or even combinations from different schools, clubs, towns, or countries. Each team is invited to fill out a simple form with a brief description of their idea along with drawings or other material that will give an initial impression of the idea that they wish to carry forward in Phase 2. Each team is free to choose the best form and means to express and share comfortably their ideas. It could also be worth looking at the material submitted for the 2020 edition, when the theme was 'Making this planet a better place!'. The ideas received will form the basis for the second phase of the Design Challenge. We will offer the option for the different submissions to be added to a shared workspace. In this space, the teams will have the chance to look at each other’s ideas. They are welcome to then merge their ideas and proceed to the Phase 2 of submissions in a collective way if they want to.

In Phase 2, we invite each team or groups of teams that submitted an initial idea to submit an elaborated design concept (e.g. sketches or a presentation of a working prototype) that responds to the same brief and builds on their Phase 1 idea further. Each submission should have the form of a short, 1 minute video that presents and explains the concept to the Design Challenge judges. The video can include or be accompanied by supplementary material (e.g., drawings, sketches, photos, a presentation).

At the conference

The submissions will be judged by the children who submitted their ideas and by a panel of adult judges. The criteria for selecting the best submissions are:

  • responds to the brief in innovative ways
  • incorporates ideas and triggers from children, and explicitly acknowledges those ideas
  • speculates about the future in interesting ways
  • raises (research) questions for the field
  • is well-designed and presented

Presentation: There will be at least three top submissions chosen to be presented in video form at the conference. The award ceremony, announcing the winners, will take place during the conference.

Your Ideas are Your Ideas: It is important for us to make clear that all contributions are owned by their creators (children, educators and designers).

Important Dates

15 March 2021

Phase 1: submission of initial ideas

March - May 2021

Teams collaborate on elaborating design concepts

24 May 2021

Phase 2: submission of design concept video

June 2021

Online judging of video submissions

26 - 30 June 2021

Presentation at the conference and award ceremony

1 March 2021

Submission of initial ideas

March - May 2021

Teams collaborate on elaborating design concepts

24 May 2021

Submission of design concept video

June 2021

Online judging of video submissions

26 - 30 June 2021

Presentation at the conference and award ceremony

Design Challenge Chairs

Questions? Contact: design-challenge-2021@idc.acm.org

Tomoko Imai

Jiyugaokagakuen High School, Japan

Vicky Charisi

European Commission JRC, Spain

Dr Sofoklis Sotiriou
Sofoklis Sotiriou

Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece

Vanessa Dennen
Vanessa Dennen

Florida State University, USA

Maria Avgerinou
Maria Avgerinou

American Community Schools, Greece