Calling all Fixperts!

The RCA Helen Hamlyn Fixperts Awards 2021 are open for submissions.

We know you’ve been busy with brilliant projects. Please apply so we can celebrate your work.

The Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Fixperts Award, now in its ninth year, is an acknowledgment of the incredible work carried out by Fixperts all around the world. The prestigious award champions human-centred design across all disciplines and is open to all Fixperts projects completed with a film in the last 18-months.

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is a global leader in Inclusive Design, Design Thinking and Creative Leadership, working with government, business, academia and the third sector. Their judging panel will be evaluating each project on the following criteria – the relationship with the Fix Partner, ingenuity of the solution and the quality of the storytelling. Above all they will be looking for extraordinary projects which positively include the Fix Partners and impact on their daily life with a focus on health, access, the ageing community and social benefit.

In 2020, an additional category was developed – Designing in a Pandemic – which recognised the exceptional projects that had directly responded to the global pandemic. This category will return for 2021, hopefully for the last time, as we continue to experience these challenging times.

Deadline: Sunday 13 June 2021

Complete the submission form with information on the project and the people involved. You only need to enter once per project. Please remember if you’re not using your own music you need to have permission to use it. Make sure that the music is marked as royalty free – you can download tracks online.

2020 Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Fixperts Award Winners

Winner: Luggage Alternative for Ben

Ben is a student at Brunel University and a member of three basketball teams. As a wheelchair user transporting luggage and other items can be difficult as he needs someone to carry the bag on his behalf. To gain more independence Fixperts at Brunel design and make an attachable device allowing him to carry his bags.

Winner of ‘Designing in a Pandemic’ Award: Folding Work Area for Children

During the Coronavirus pandemic Fixperts Yuval and Amit at HIT, Holon Institute of Technology create a folding work area for a child who needs privacy and a place to concentrate whilst doing school work from home.