Announcing the 2016 IxDA Student Design Challenge finalists


We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2016 IxDA Student Design Challenge, sponsored by SapientNitro. Seven students from around the world will join us in Helsinki to compete by prototyping their solutions as part of the Interaction16 Conference, March 1-4, 2016.

Our brief: design The Future We Deserve.

Here are the finalists. Check out their submission videos and cheer them on.

Evgeny Kiverin And Anna Lifanova: Coexplorer, An Artificial Intelligence Driven Tool For Learning And Education
Bremen, Germany. University of the Arts, Bremen.

“Education administers the same program for everybody. But what if we took a personal approach to all students, transforming the learning curve, tailoring it to their needs, hobbies, and passions?”

Congratulate them on Twitter: @ekiverin, @sesergeeva

Kohzy Koh And Song Lee: Wristguard, A Smart Glove For Sanitation Worker Safety
New York, USA. School of Visual Arts, New York.

“As we think about the ‘future we deserve’ it is important to us that we remember the invisible people
that keep public services running, and we design the future that they too deserve.”

Congratulate them on twitter: @kohzy

Michael-Owen Liston: SMS Chatbots For Civic Engagement
Toronto, Canada. Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Denmark.

“What if you could text your city a question? How might we leverage the potential of conversational, network
agents, to engage and empower people in their communities?”

Congratulate him on twitter: @antlersanchors

Swin June Turk And Debarati Rakshit: Tactilus, A Smart Tattoo For Personal Safety
Milan, Italy. Domus Academy, Milan.
“What if we can imagine a different dimension of expressing oneself when it is needed the most?”

Next steps: prototyping + winner announced March 4.

This March our finalists will join us for a masterclass in Helsinki, followed by self-directed research, design and prototyping time and a presentation before all interaction16 conference-goers on the final morning of the conference. The winning project will be announced as part of the Interaction Awards on the closing night of the conference Friday March 4.

The winning participant(s) will receive an enviable amount of press, along with free software and complimentary passes to workshops and conferences around the globe. Follow their progress leading up to this final stage via Twitter: and Facebook:

A global competition

This year’s IxDA Student Design Challenge reflects the growing diversity of design education and
practice: we received 66 entries from more than 100 students around the globe, representing 13 countries. Our jury of 12 accomplished designers and design educators — themselves representing 6 countries — reviewed the submissions. Although this is our second-best response in the seven-year history of the challenge, we look forward to more participation from more students across the globe next year.

Press inquiries and professional opportunities

These students represent the best of the next generation of design—specifically in the fields of interaction
design, product design and service design. Hire them. Promote their work. We encourage prospective employers and members of the press to reach out and contact finalists with queries and professional
opportunities. Twitter handles are listed above.