inviting Applicants for Design against war Project

Deadline: 27 June 2019

New ideas contest on EMERGENCY, SOSDesign and Desall is currently inviting applicants to design Spaces, Products and Services to meet lifestyle and medical needs in regions affected by war.

Design against war is a project by SOSDesign, devised for EMERGENCY and promoted and supported by Desall and Cumulus, under the patronage of ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale – Association for the Industrial Design).

Competition of ideas for Spaces, Products, Services on the needs and desires of life and care in affected areas, devastated and conditioned by war.

Spaces, Products, and Services which would solve, contain, facilitate, sustain, and emphasise the practical, psychological, relational, or cultural aspects of contexts shaped by conflict – this can be severe and widespread conflict, such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq, or more contained, insidious conflicts, like those that can be found in parts of Italy.

Submissions capable of informing a concept (abstract), a solution (practical), or a process (conceptual) that could aid treatment, protection, assistance, preservation, information, analysis, transportation, connection and payment (and so on) in contexts severely affected by war.

Project Categories

  • Spaces
  • Products
  • Services

Award Information

  • The jury is tasked with announcing the three category winners; a SpaceMouse Award will be presented to the winner of each of the three categories (Spaces, Products and Services).
  • From these three submissions, the jury must also select an overall winner, who will be presented with the Experience Award.
  • The jury will select, where possible, a winner in the Products category, who will be presented with the Prototyping Award.
  • The jury reserves the right to give honorable mentions to any submissions of sufficiently high quality.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participation is free of charge and open to designers and creative talents of any nationality aged 18 years or older (at the time of submission).
  • Participants can present one or more projects, but only the projects published on the web site, via the upload page related to “Design against war” will be accepted.

Evaluation Criteria

In evaluating the submissions, EMERGENCY and the jury will assess the following:

  • Social Impact
  • Degree of Innovation
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Functionality
  • Outlook

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit

  • Avatar kuwangula peter says:

    Can Desall allow us to design a proposal that can take our team to South Sudan/Somalia only to provide manpower where as Dosall being capable of providing the products and payment of our staff?
    We are interested in most especially South Sudan as Uganda’s neighbour. We wish to engage in the process of rehabilitation/repatriation of the many Sudanic people facing their life in Uganda here.Other areas include provision of basic needs to the majority of Sudanese affected by the civil war.I particularly have ever been to the region as a migrating worker and I understand the Situation.

    We shall be grateful to hear from your presidium.

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi kuwangula peter,

      Yes, you can apply for this grant as this opportunity is open to citizens of any country. For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!

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