The Index Award biennale celebrates people, from far and wide, who use design to solve the problems that matter. Plastic pollution, gender inequality, and food supply, among others. Since 2005, The Index Project has recognized some of the world’s most impactful and iconic solutions. From tiny tools that diagnose disease to environmental moonshots saving our most vulnerable ecosystems.

Notable past winners include LifeStrawTM (2005), the Tesla Roadster (2007), Kiva (2009), Hövding (2011), Raspberry Pi (2013), The Ocean Cleanup Array (2015), Zipline (2017) and Marsha (2019). See all former finalists and winners here.

The Index Award is not just about upholding great designs but about celebrating diversity, inspiring hope, and acting as a catalyst for groundbreaking innovation.

Every cycle, The Index Award receives hundreds of nominations from all over the world, giving us a meta-view of the current state of sustainable design and innovation. As our bank of designs has grown over the years, The Index Project has transformed this valuable data into the Big Picture tool, enabling users to browse an extensive database for inspiration, trends, case studies, and many more applications. Users can filter projects based on region, country, and which SDGs they are trying to solve, among other filters.

The Index Project would like to open up its Big Picture initiative to the Global Partnership network in search of ideas, feedback, and hopefully collaboration. At the moment, it is possible to see which projects are currently contributing towards the SDGs, what kind of projects they are, and from which country. However, we only have data available on the platform from our projects since 2015 to 2021. 

How could these data be enhanced if we added an extra layer of socioeconomic data? Or what if we had a data layer of SDG progress per region? We believe there are many possibilities to explore combining our datasets, so The Index Project wants to invite all to create an account, try the tool in order to get the conversation flowing.

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