World Usability Design Challenge 2024 (Up to $3,000 worth of Prizes)

As designers, our focus is on envisioning ‘how things ought to be,’ echoing the sentiments of Herbert Simon. This year’s World Usability Day theme prompts us to explore opportunities for enhancing our world to benefit all individuals.

World Usability Design Challenge 2024

Despite societal advancements, we continue to grapple with enduring human dilemmas such as conflict, poverty, environmental issues like climate change and renewable energy, and the pursuit of social justice. Designers are crucial in tackling these challenges by crafting solutions that aim to enhance human well-being and promote equity.

World Usability Design Challenge 2024

In 2024, The WUI Design Challenge invites the design community to showcase the tangible impacts of incorporating insights from user research and evaluation into detailed design decisions. Emphasizing user-centric design practices involves an in-depth exploration of target usage environments through research and assessing designs in practical settings. The call for submissions this year underscores the importance of exceptional user-focused design that aligns with the overarching theme of ‘Designing for a Better World.’

Entrants to the Design Challenge are expected to present compelling evidence of how user research and evaluation influenced significant design recommendations and choices, resulting in tangible positive outcomes for interactions, products, and services. This evidence should effectively communicate the value of research and evaluation in achieving impactful design results, making these connections understandable to a broad audience, including UN policymakers.


  • Gold: $1250,
  • Silver: $1000
  • Bronze:$750
  • The honored recipients of the WUI DC Awards, namely those awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze, will be warmly welcomed to participate in a distinguished session at the 2024 HCI International Conference.
  • Their attendance, along with the opportunity to showcase their trailblazing and influential design work, will be fully covered by complimentary registration.
  • Moreover, these awardees will have the privilege to contribute written documentation of their project in the conference proceedings, either as a paper or under the late-breaking results category, with a more lenient deadline for the submission of their manuscript.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The design challenge is open to anyone interested
  • For 2024, They are looking for entries that:
  • Are tightly argued and backed by strong evidence
  • Include comprehensive descriptions of the user research and evaluation processes
  • Show how these efforts improved both product and process value
  • The theme for 2024 is “Designing for a Better World”
  • To win, entries should demonstrate how combining user research and evaluation of quality in use led to significant success in digital product or service development

Judging Criteria

The judging panel will assess each entry based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of contextual/user research
  • Quality of UX/outcomes evaluation
  • The explicitness of connections between user-focused work and design decisions
  • Quality of evidence for connections between user-focused work, design decisions, and outcomes.

How To Apply

To commence your application, click on this link

For more information, visit the official website of the World Usability Design Challenge.

Application Deadline

September 16, 2024.

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