IxDA Student Design Challenge | New York 2017

November 18, 2016

2014 competitors on stage in Amsterdam

About the Challenge

With support from our sponsor Intel, we assign students and recent graduates a wickedly interesting brief; ask them for their best efforts in devising clever solutions; review submissions; and invite finalists to join us on a complimentary trip to our Interaction Week host city — New York in February 2017 — for a opportunity to prototype and share their solutions.

On the final day of the conference all finalists make their presentation before their conference-going peers, and our winner is announced that evening during the Interaction Awards. Winners receive an enviable amount of press along with software, workshop passes and conference passes.


Deadline : December 15th, 2016

timeline of the student design challenge

 Why Compete ?

Free trip to Interaction17 in New York


your skills in front of 1000 IxD pros


from amazing mentors

This year’s theme: Everyday Magic

From notification exhaustion, to screen overload, the convergence of our attention on very few and ability to manage the demands impacting our quality of life, or simply to how we share moments of joy. Meanwhile, the technology already exists that could allow us to lead more unencumbered lives where the technology is there to delight and support us only when we need it. We are looking for design solutions that have, as David Rose has said, respect for human capabilities and preferences and fit our human bodies and minds.

With this year’s theme Intel and IxDA are asking you to focus on small interactions that you can improve in a massive way.

See the brief


Our panel of judges will award the most promising finalists a scholarship to attend Interaction 17 in New York, including:

  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Complimentary student registration at the conference
  • Mentorship and support during prototyping and iteration at the conference

Additional prizes will be awarded on site to the top finalist. Past years prize packs have included tools, subscriptions to creative services, resources to launch your career, and an envious amount of design books.


The Challenge is open to both graduates and undergraduates. Participants may submit individually or as a pair. Participants must be currently enrolled in or have graduated in 2016 from a program in interaction design or a related design field.

We understand that not all parts of the world have formal IxD programs, so if you work in interaction design and are currently a graduate or undergraduate student in any field, you may also participate in the challenge.




Ana Domb

Independent UX consultant

Ahmed Riaz

Creative Director at frog

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