The call for the 2016 edition of the Service Design Award was announced on February 1st this year, and closed during the past summer. This year, the Award received 100 submissions from across a broad range of small and global businesses, governments, agencies and academic institutions. We were especially excited to witness a big interest from the Middle East and Asia (specifically from India and the United Arab Emirates). This broadening of the interest in the Award reinforces its importance to the global service design community.
Responding to a growing interest amongst universities in the Service Design Award, we have also launched a Student Award this year. Student submissions were welcomed, and benefitted from a reduced entry price.
The majority of submissions from students fell into the Non-profit/Public category (45%), whereas more than half of professional entries were in the Commercial category (51%).