Awards are as follows:


USD 200,000



USD 100,000



USD 50,000



USD 20,000


About the City of Shenzhen

Being the first special economic zone in China, Shenzhen grows from a small fishermen village of 300,000 people ashore South China Sea to a metropolis of over 15 million with the nation’s fastest growing economy in just 36 years.

Recognized as the birth place of China’s modern design, Shenzhen has been attracting design talents around the country and her flourishing design industries cover various categories, including graphic, industrial and product, fashion, architectural, interior, etc.

In 2008, Shenzhen was designated the City of Design by UNESCO and joined the Creative Cities Network which currently consists of 116 members.

In recent years, the Municipal Government of Shenzhen has been strongly supporting the design communities and boosting the design industries with large investments, aiming to transform the manufacturing hub of the world into a premium design hub.

About the Shenzhen Design Week

The Shenzhen Design Week is another big initiative engineered by the authorities to support the design communities. The first edition starting in late April 2017, it is an international annual design event sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, administered by the Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office, and organized by Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA).

It aims to provide platforms for international exchange, communication and cooperation in various design categories. It also provides good opportunities for designers from around the world to showcase their talents through different events such as exhibitions, workshops, and forums, etc.

Scholars, policy makers, managers, students in relevant fields and professional designers all over the world are welcome to participate in these events happening simultaneously during the course of one week over different parts of the city.

Registration and Application

Entrants must register on the official website of the Award and upload supporting documents (all materials must be written in English) before 18:00, 25th March 2018(Beijing time) by following the steps below:

1.Create user name and password before logging in;

2.Read and agree to terms and conditions;

3.Complete personal/team information;

4.Complete designs description form (one entry one form);

5.Upload photo of individual or teams;

6.Pack and ship real object sand make sure they arrive at the secretariat before 25th March 2018 (Beijing time)


Theme for 2017: Design for the Future


Free for online registration and submission. All delivery fees and insurances are at the expense of entrants.


SDA Secretariat

Room 102, 4th Building, E-Hub, Qianhai

Shenzhen, China, 518054

(Note: The committee will inform the short-listed entrants of the delivery address and requirements after the preliminary assessment. Please do not deliver products to this address above before receiving notification.)

Phone:+ 86 755 6661 9308


Log on the website for more info.

Organizer: Shenzhen Design Week Committee

Administer: Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office


The Shenzhen local designers especially refer to individuals that register and establish design firms or engage in design industry in Shenzhen with valid residency certificate or Shenzhen Resident ID. Shenzhen local design institutions must be those registered and established in Shenzhen.

About the Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA)

In parallel with the Shenzhen Design Week, the Shenzhen Global Design Award is organized to recognize and reward outstanding designers, and to enhance exchanges between designers at home and abroad.

The Award aims to discover designers with creativity, vision, foresight, and influence. It also aims to enhance the exchanges and cooperation among all designers from different countries and inspire the industrialization of creative designs as well as the promotion of creative design concept.

The Shenzhen Design Award is supported by the Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Design Week, and organized by the Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA).