Design X Social Innovation Challenge

Learn how to design, Create social impact, and Win awards


It is a social innovation challenge which aims to create a positive impact in the lives of people by identifying social issues and addressing them by design.

Design X Social

by | Apr 2, 2019

Social Innovation Challenge

Design X Social is UsabilityMatters.Org i.e., UMO’s core event which reflects its founding philosophy of ‘good design for better living’. It is a social innovation challenge which aims to create a positive impact in the lives of people by identifying social issues and addressing them by design.


“Public Safety & Well Being in Transportation” is this year’s topic. We request the participating teams to dig deeper into this area and identify an issue that you would like to solve.

Transportation is an area where we face several issues in our day-to-day lives. It is a necessary, essential evil that we have to live with. But any problem can be solved with the right mix of people, strategy, and approach in a timely manner. ‘Design’ is a powerful tool to identify, solve and persuade the biggest of blockers for a positive change. 

Why take part?

  • Learn design firsthand with expert design mentors

  • Identify a real social problem and work with a govt representative

  • Get discounted entry to UXINDIA 2019

  • Showcase your innovation at UXINDIA 2019 EXPO

  • Top 5 shortlisted entries will present on stage

  • Top 3 will win Design X Social Innovation Award at UXINDIA 2019

Who should take part?

Students, Professionals, or enthusiasts keen to address social issues that we see in our day-to-day lives, ‘Design X Social Innovation Challenge’ is your platform to work towards bringing a change. People from any domain and from any walk of life are encouraged to take part in this challenge.

You will be working in teams

  • Whether you are from academia or business, you should participate in teams.
  • Team size is a minimum of 5
  • We encourage diversity in your teams. Diversity in expertise, domain, etc.,
  • Brownie points for including on common man/ citizen.

Timeline and Process

Below are the important deadlines to follow.

  • April 30th 2019

    Teams sign up for the challenge. Refer to the info in team formation in the Who should take part? Section above.
  • May 5th 2019

    Teams will be assigned a Design mentor.

  • May 3oth 2019

    Submit a social issue in the “ Public Safety & Well Being in Transportation” domain.
    Format – Well documented Google slide deck shared with [email protected]

  • June 5th 2019

    Feedback on the submitted Problem

  • June 10th 2019

    Get introduced to a Govt. Representative in the topic area

  • July 31st 2019

    Submit your solutions/proposals. Format – Well documented Google slide deck, Feel free to include videos.

  • Aug 7th 2019

    Feedback on the Solution

  • Aug 15th 2019

    Prepare an A2 size poster illustrating the problem, solution and process based on a template we provide. These will be displayed at UXINDIA 2019 Design Expo

  • Sept 10th 2019

    Top 5 entries will present on-stage at UXINDIA 2019 to a jury
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    Sept 11th 2019

    Top 3 will be presented awards at UXINDIA 2019

Be the change you want to see. Sign up!

Hope you are excited about this challenge. This is the time to go after the issues that we have been either taking a note of in our sketchbooks on in the back of our minds for a long time.

Be the change. REGISTER


A not-for profit venture, UXINDIA is built by, built for, and sustained by its growing community of designers, enthusiasts, influencers from business, education, and governance. UXINDIA is being organized by UsabilityMattersOrg(UMO.Design).

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