Congratulations to all of the honorees in Fast Company's 2020 Innovation by Design Awards, including the Media Lab community members and projects listed below.
A special panel and celebration at the Fast Company Innovation Festival will recognize all of the 2020 Innovation by Design honorees on October 8, from 4pm to 5:45pm ET.
- Aguahoja II (Sunanda Sharma, Christoph Bader, Felix Kraemer, Rachel Smith, Joseph Kennedy, João Costa, Neri Oxman, Mediated Matter)
- Design by Decay, Decay by Design (alum Andrea Ling, Mediated Matter)
- HelioZZZ: Smart Matter Opacity-Tunable Sleep Mask (Jack Forman and Hiroshi Ishii, Tangible Media)
Honorable Mention: Students
- Illusory Material: 3D-Printed Optical Textiles (former Labber Honghao Deng, City Science; Jiani Zeng)
- Magsense: Open-source low-cost vibro-magnetic wearables for hand-to-face contact prevention (Irmandy Wicaksono and Joe Paradiso, Responsive Environments, with the Saving Face team)
- MASKproject: Open standard respirator, N95 alternative face mask (Matt Carney, Biomechatronics; alum Che-Wei Wang; et al.)
- Silk Pavilion II (Sunanda Sharma, Christoph Bader, Felix Kraemer, Rachel Smith, Joseph Kennedy, João Costa, Susan Williams, Neri Oxman, Jean Disset, Mediated Matter)
- Totems (Sunanda Sharma, Christoph Bader, Felix Kraemer, Rachel Smith, Joseph Kennedy, João Costa, Neri Oxman, Mediated Matter)
Finalist: General Excellence
- Venous Materials (Hila Mor, Ken Nakagaki, Hiroshi Ishii, Tangible Media; and collaborators)
Honorable Mention: General Excellence
"The 2020 Innovation by Design Awards honor the designers and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. The competition, now in its ninth year, has featured a cross section of blue-chip companies, scruffy startups, and hungry young talents. It is one of the most sought-after design awards in the industry. There are 29 categories, and the judges include renowned designers from a variety of disciplines, business leaders from some of the most innovative companies in the world, and Fast Company’s own writers and editors. Entries are judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, user insight, cultural impact, and business impact."