Advanced Search

Please click here to take a brief survey

Dx1W Competition: Third World Solutions to First World Problems

Nominated by Dawn Danby

My favorite project in a long time: Design for the First World

Design for the First World (Dx1W) is a competition for designers, artists, scientists, makers and thinkers in developing countries to provide solutions for First World problems: reduc­ing obesity; address­ing aging pop­u­la­tion and low birth rate; reduc­ing con­sump­tion rate of mass pro­duced goods; and inte­grat­ing the immigrant population. Per the competition website:

The Dx1W com­pe­ti­tion is addressed to the devel­op­ing coun­tries of the world: All cre­ative solu­tions depend on hav­ing a pow­er­ful idea. Whether it’s great resources, mil­i­tary, pol­i­tics or gov­ern­ment, power and size are not enough with­out hav­ing a pow­er­ful vision. The First World needs our ideas to solve their prob­lems. First World prob­lems demand Sim­ple Third World solutions. From today on The Third World will bring ideas to redesign the future of the First World.

Get your submissions in by this Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time!
The best designs and solutions will get a cash prize, be featured in a beautifully designed catalog, and shown in a gallery in NYC.

UPDATE: The new deadline is July 1, 2010.

Dawn Danby is a co-author of WorldChanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century and currently manages Autodesk's Sustainable Design Program, integrating sustainable thinking into the digital tools used by 9 million designers and engineers worldwide.

Editor's Note: This piece is part of Worldchanging's Attention Philanthropy campaign. All week long, the Worldchanging Network will be delivering "attention grants" to worthy projects, individuals, resources and more. You can learn more about these gifts of notice and find other entries by clicking here.

Bookmark and Share


Thanks so much for posting!!
Worldchanging is a true inspiration for me. One detail: the deadline is now extended until July 1st, 2010. A little bit more time for the people that just found out about it!
Thanks again!

Posted by: carolina Vallejo on 26 May 10

Where will we send our submission? pls reply....

Posted by: Laarni on 27 Jun 10

Post A Comment

Please note that comments will remain open for only 14 days after the article is posted. While previous comments will remain visible, attempts to post new comments after this period will fail. This helps stop comment spam, so your forebearance is appreciated.

The Worldchanging comments are meant to be used for further exploration and evaluation of the ideas covered in our posts. Please note that, while constructive disagreement is fine, insults and abuse are not, and will result in the comment being deleted and a likely ban from commenting. We will also delete at will and without warning comments we believe are designed to disrupt a conversation rather than contribute to it. In short, we'll kill troll posts.

Finally, please note that comments which simply repost copyrighted works or commercial messages will be summarily deleted.

Yes No







MESSAGE (optional):

Search Worldchanging

Worldchanging Newsletter Get good news for a change —
Click here to sign up!


Website Design by Eben Design | Logo Design by Egg Hosting | Hosted by Amazon AWS | Problems with the site? Send email to tech /at/
Architecture for Humanity - all rights reserved except where otherwise indicated.

Find_us_on_facebook_badge.gif twitter-logo.jpg