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The RSA Student Design Awards 2019/20 has now launched! Nine real-world challenges rooted in big societal problems, open to higher education students and recent graduates around the world.

At the RSA we believe in a world where everyone is able to participate in creating a better future. As an organisation, we unite people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time. We do this by bringing together a global community of proactive problem solvers – including our network of 30,000 Fellows – all united in their desire to support change within their communities and on a global scale.

Through the RSA Student Design Awards, we invite you to join our community of changemakers. We are calling on you to demonstrate the potential of design – as a toolkit and a mindset – to unravel complex problems, explore new possibilities and unlock new ways to meet the needs of people and our planet.

Our 2019/20 briefs pose tough challenges. And they open up a vast range of possibilities…

How might you design ways to make fashion circular, engage diverse communities through food, or transform health using AI? How could you unlock joy at train stations, make active travel accessible, harness the potential of woodlands or help displaced people to find safety and dignity?

We know there’s an abundance of talent, appetite and determination out there to address the challenges of today and paint tomorrow with hope. 2019/20 competition participants will join an alumni network that spans different generations and fields, from chief design officers to social entrepreneurs. For 96 years this competition has been a catalyst for powerful new approaches, innovative products, pioneering services, illuminating campaigns, inspiring environments and impactful experiences  we can’t wait to see what’s in store this year!

We will host a launch event at the RSA on 24 September. This event includes a briefing session for educators, which will be recorded and shared online, and a public evening event on Designing the Future of Fashion’, which will be livestreamed.


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