How would it feel to hail a cab from your phone? That and eight other ideas were the winners of the 2nd annual Innovation by Design Awards promoted by Fast Company in New York. From a total of 1,200 participants submitting concepts, ideas, and apps, 54 were selected as finalists and were judged. The idea was to bring innovation and business together. Among the winners, there were innovative ideas in transportation, spaces, 2-D, social good, concepts, interactive, students and products. Here is the complete winners list below.
Winner 1: Uber (transportation)
This is a new concept of how to hail a cab for the smartphone generation. With Uber, it’s possible to do that with a touch and select the location where you want to be picked up. Doesn’t it sound fantastic?
Follow Uber on Twitter: @Uber
Winner 2: SparkTruck (Students)
The idea was to bring education and technology to children and schools that don’t have the flexibility for hands-on projects. A group of Standard University students created the Spark Truck that was equipped with some technology such as laser cutters and 3-d machines. The truck had driven 13,000 miles already!
Follow SparkTruck on Twitter: @sparktruck
Winner 3: AidPod (Social Good)
AidPod, designed by pi global, is an anti-diarrhea treatment packet. The idea is to reach remote communities where medicine usually can’t. AidPod piggy backs on Coca-Cola’s global distribution network to reach these remote locations, and the packets were even specifically designed to fit into the spaces wedged between packaged soda bottles.
Follow pi global on Twitter: @piglobal
Winner 4: Klong Toey Community Lantern (Spaces)
With the idea of bringing beauty and fun to a poor community in Bangkok, TYIN tegnestue Architects spent three weeks transforming an environment. They built climbing walls, a foot and basketball court and seating areas.
Follow TYIN tegnestue Architects on Twitter: @TYINtegnestue
Winner 5: Decelerator Helmet (Concepts)
In this fast world, what would you think of putting on a decelerating helmet that would make the world around go in slow motion? Lorenz Potthast came up with the idea.
Winner 6: USA today (2-D)
In this new digital world, even newspapers are changing. USA Today commissioned Wolff Olins to redesign their printed newspaper to evoke a digital feel, making it more attractive to the new digital era readers.
Follow Wolff Olins on Twitter: @WolffOlins
Winner 7: Google Maps for iPhone (Interactive)
After an unsuccessful first attempt from Apple to create a map for the iPhone, a better solution arrived: Google Maps for the iPhone!
Winner 8: Leap Motion Controller (Products)
The beloved mouse might soon be replaced by the Leap Motion Controller, a block of aluminum that can read your gestures and translate it onto the screen.
Follow Leap Motion on Twitter: @LeapMotion
Winner 9: Google Glass (Bold Award)
No more cameras or recorders to record a moment – Google Glass brings hands-free user experience. You no longer have to miss the moment in order to record it. Now you can have both! Amazing, isn’t it?
Again, congrats to the winners of the Fast Company Innovation by Design awards!
Which one do you think is the best innovation?
Photos via Co.Design