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    Congratulations to The STRÖM SYSTEM for winning the Grand Prize!

    The STRÖM SYSTEM takes home $1,500 cash prize, and a trip to Sweden.

    The winner of the People’s Choice Award is FreeWind ! You have received the most votes and have won yourself $300 IKEA® Gift Card!

    We would like to thank all who have participated and everyone involved in making this year’s competition a success!

    And we like to wish good luck to all five finalists as their entries represent Singapore in the global CLIMATE ACTION CHALLENGE!

    IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award returns next year – see you again next year!

    • Winner

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      Nanyang Technological University

    • People's Choice Award

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      Nanyang Technological University


    Launched in 2014, the IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award is a design competition platform for tertiary students to showcase their creative design ideas for home furnishing solutions.

    Into its fourth year, IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award 2017 will kick off the competition with an 18-hour Ideathon on 29th June 2017! This year, we have aligned our design competition brief and mechanics with a global challenge initiative by IKEA Foundation, What Design Can Do (WDCD) and Autodesk Foundation.

    IKEA Singapore invites all students currently studying in tertiary institutions across Singapore to sign up for a spot in the Ideathon to come out with game-changing ideas that address climate change in THE CLIMATE ACTION CHALLENGE. Climate change is one of the biggest threats to how people are able to comfortably live their lives now and in the future.

    The challenge will focus on 5 key areas: Food, Water, Housing, Health and Energy within Asia. Do you have an idea that helps people cope or adapt to climate change in these areas?

    What's more, Top 5 finalists’ entries selected for IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award 2017 will also be submitted by IKEA Singapore on their behalf to the global competition of THE CLIMATE ACTION CHALLENGE. You have a shot to win twice!

    Embark on your journey to win IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award 2017! Grab your spot in the 18-hour Ideathon for a chance to make a difference on climate change through design.

    Stay tuned for more updates!



    29th June 2017


    Click here to see if your name is on the list. We will be in touch with all selected and standby participants next week.


    This year the design competition will kick off with a 18-hour Ideathon. The Ideathon will focus on students working individually or up to groups of 3 to come up with game-changing ideas to address issues on Climate Change.

    Students have 18 hours to stay on-premises to work on their design ideas for submission. Only 5 individuals or groups submissions will make it to the finals. Finalists will then embark on fine tuning their design concepts and produce a prototype for exhibition and final judging at the Grand Finale of the IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award 2017 held in September 2017.


    • IKEA Singapore has invited Dagan Cohen, leader of the What Design Can Do Challenge, to join us at the Ideathon. He will brief the students and lead the facilitation of brainstorming sessions with the participants during this 18-hour challenge. He is also one of the judges for IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award 2017. It is an opportunity not to be missed!

    • Once-in-a-lifetime overnight fun experience at IKEA Tampines.


    Dagan Cohen is a creative director and cultural entrepreneur, specialising in creating social engagement for brands, NGOs and cultural organizations.

    He is responsible for the Global Challenge programs of What Design Can Do (WDCD), an Amsterdam-based design platform that advocates the social impact of creativity.


    All students currently studying at a tertiary institution in Singapore can sign up as an individual participant or up to a group of 3. There is a maximum cap of 60 individual spaces available for single and group sign up for the Ideathon. (Each person in a group occupies one of the 60 spots available).

    To have fair representation, IKEA Singapore welcomes schools to nominate 3x students for participation in the 18-Hour Ideathon for the IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Awards 2017. School facilitators can send in their nominations to by 19 June 2017.

    Unclaimed spots not secured by the stipulated date will be added to the remaining number of spots for all other interested participants who wish to take part in the 18-Hour Ideathon and participants will be randomly selected to participate in the Ideathon.

    Up to 20 additional students (a mix of individual or group participants) will be selected as standby* participants to take over the spots of individuals or groups that fail to turn up at the registration cut off time on the day of the Ideathon.

    In the event of a no-show, standby participants names will be picked from a random draw. Note: Individual students will replace individual participants spots while group teams will replace groups of the same number of team members accordingly.

    * Students on standby need to be present at the registration cut-off time of the Ideathon. Standby students, not selected to take over a spot or group spots in the Ideathon will be rewarded with a $30 IKEA gift card/each for coming down.

    Students on standby at the Ideathon will be informed of their status of participation by IKEA as soon as possible.

    All participating students and groups are required to stay for the entire duration of the Ideathon.

    Registration for the Ideathon is now closed. We will contact you if you are shortlisted.



    • Grand Prize

      $1,500 cash, plus a trip to IKEA of Sweden and optional internship* at IKEA Tampines Store.

    • Top 5 Designs

      The Top 5 design ideas/concepts will be submitted by IKEA Singapore to the Global Action Challenge as entries.


      The most popular design^ stands to win a $300 IKEA® Gift Card

    * Internship in IKEA Tampines Store are optional. Student internships will be with the Communication and Interior Design team as IKEA Singapore does not house a Product Design department. Internship period to be confirmed.

    Internship Period 1: Jan - Mar 2018 OR Period 2: October - Dec 2018

    ^Top 5 finalist with most no. of public votes



    • Team: FreeWind

      Amber Lim Wan Ying
      Cassandra Seah
      Nik Halim

    • Team: Taboat

      Ko Na Yeon
      Tan Phebe Christine Sutantio
      Porndee Chua

    • Team: Coorigami

      Sim Lee Leng
      Kerin Ng Jia En

    • Team: The STRÖM SYSTEM

      Orion Dai Yuhui
      Foo Heng Tong
      Casey Kwokdinata

    • Team: Paliha

      Seah Jun Hao Reynard
      Gan Jie Lin


  • FAQ

    1. Who can participate in this contest? The IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award is open to all students and undergraduates who are currently enrolled full-time in tertiary institutions in Singapore. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions tab for more information.

    2. Are there any participation fees? No, there are no participation fees.

    3. Are group submissions allowed? Yes, you may either participate individually or in groups of up to 3 people.

    4. How many entries can I submit? Each participant/group may only submit one entry.

    5. Are there any restrictions to what design concept I can submit? Your idea/design must be one that addresses THE CLIMATE ACTION CHALLENGE. All entries must be new, original and unpublished – never featured in any media channels or design competitions/awards.

    6. When is the submission deadline? Entries are to be submitted during the 18-hour Ideathon on 30 June at 9am at IKEA Tampines. Students are expected to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges directly after submission at 9am.

    7. Where do I submit my design concept? All submissions can be uploaded at under our SUBMISSION tab.

    8. In what format should I submit my design concept? Your design concept must be completed using the Template provided and saved in PDF format, A3 size, with a maximum size of 2MB (300dpi). Only one file may be submitted per entry. Artwork must include general dimensions of the product, and have an accompanying description of no more than 150 words to explain the concept, function and materials of the design.

    9. How will the winners be selected? Out of all entries received, the Top 5 design ideas/concepts will proceed to Phase Two. Finalists will then be provided $500 by IKEA to produce prototypes of their design concepts, Finalists will then present their prototypes for final judging on 22 September at National Design Centre.

    10. How will the design concepts be judged? Design idea/concept submissions are judged differently from previous IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award competitions.

    This year’s criteria is aligned to the global challenge, set by What Design Can Do (WDCD), IKEA Autodesk Foundation. All entries are judged by a panel of design and business experts selected by IKEA Singapore.

    Visit Judging Criteria for the detailed explanation on how the submissions will be judged this year.

    Email us at for other enquiries.