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Call for Entries
Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards honors the projects, companies and concepts that have altered society and the planet for the better. We cannot wait to hear your ideas that helped shape the world in 2020 and far beyond.

This year, we have 34 categories (including several new ones). We’re looking for any and all groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020. Entries will be considered by a group of designers, venture capitalists, thinkers, social entrepreneurs, and Fast Company editors. Entries will be judged on impact, design, scalability, and ingenuity.
Campaigns designed to draw attention to social issues and inspire people to act or to promote world-changing products or services.
Projects that live primarily in a mobile format, in any discipline.
Projects using design as the vehicle to shake up conversations surrounding society’s most pressing issues.
Items for your house or office that help you live a more purposeful life, or fundamentally alter outdated business models or supply chains of our current consumer goods.
Products designed specifically for the developing world, both ones intended for the bottom of the pyramid and those intended to help create leapfrog innovation.
Solar, wind, and any other innovative ideas to create clean power (either for personal use or at a large scale) or new systems for better electricity distribution.
Projects changing what we eat, how we eat, and how we get our food.
Impact funds, social impact bonds, and other investments in change making organizations or initiatives that generate societal benefit along with financial return.
Programs, products, policies, or anything else designed to mitigate either the health effects of COVID-19 or the economic effects of lockdowns.
Buildings, landscapes, urban designs, and policies that make cities and living in them cleaner, more efficient, more beautiful, and more equitable for their citizens.
Projects whose main feature is a software component, in any discipline.
Projects that get you places whether on two wheels or four in new, interesting, and fuel-efficient ways.
Products and projects that improve either personal or global well-being, from equipment to apps to consumables.
The best world changing idea overall in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
The best world changing idea overall in Latin America.
Companies that have achieved incredible impact and have been in business between 5 and 14 years.
The broadest ideas, be they new government policies, new business models, or entire new consumer categories. Anything that has the potential to effect true systems change or solve wicked problems.
Projects that harness the power of data, machine learning, or artificial intelligence to understand the world and empower change
Buildings that change the way we live or work, making it more sustainable, more energy efficient, and more humane.
Any creative project–photography, writing, visualization, film–that helps explain and publicize global problems and solutions.
For corporate initiatives that use a company’s platform and power to help advance change, either internally or for the community.
Companies or initiatives that help inspire better and more equitable learning.
Concepts, prototypes, and just-launched ideas that may not have clear impact but have the potential to change how we think about an issue.
Medical innovations that save lives, extend longevity, or increase access to care.
Movies, books, videos, and other projects that expose issues or create actionable change.
Innovative campaigns or policy initiatives that challenge the status quo for the benefit of the environment, equity, and society.
Projects that help advance the cause of civil rights for marginalized people or groups.
Projects in any category, created by undergraduate or graduate students.
Landscapes, urban designs, and policies that make cities and living in them cleaner, more efficient, more beautiful, and more equitable for their citizens.
The best world changing idea overall in the Asia-Pacific region.
The best world changing idea overall in North America.
Companies that have achieved incredible impact and have been in business under 4 years.
Companies that have achieved incredible impact and have been in business over 15 years.
The most world changing company of the year, selected by Fast Company editors. Companies will be judged on the quality, breadth, and ambition of their submitted work.
Last year's judges include a cross section of established designers and design-minded executives. See the full list of last year's judges here.
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