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Announcing the 2016 IxDA’s Interaction Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the 2016 Interaction Awards finalists, all of whom will be celebrated in March during Interaction16 in Helsinki, Finland

Back in November I’ve met with the other incredible jurors of the 2016 IxDA’s Interaction Awards to select the finalists. It was great to see diversity of the shortlisted entries, which tackled everything from daily inconveniences to major life challenges. I had the pleasure of working with Amber Case in selecting the Connecting finalists, and I was honored to help Brenda Laurel in selecting the Expressing finalists.

Congratulations to the finalists, all of whom will be celebrated in March during Interaction16 in Helsinki, Finland. And thank you Kim Goodwin, MJ Broadbent, Thomas Kueber, Brenda Sanderson and everyone else at IxDA for organizing a competition that I believe showcases a very representative sample of the best in class of the Interaction Design industry.


Facilitating communication between people and communities

Cooper, Professional, United States

SAP Tennis Analytics for Coaches
SAP, Professional, United States

Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Control Group, Professional, United States

Who, Like Me, is Threatened?
Second Story, part of SapientNitro, Professional, United States


Re-imagining completely an existing product or service by creating new behaviors, usages or markets

MIT Media Lab / Tangible Media Group, Student, United States

The New Eurosport Player: Putting the live sports viewing experience first
Work & Co, Professional, United States

Wayfindr – Independent travel for blind people
ustwo, Professional, United Kingdom

Sensel Morph
frog, Professional, United States


Enabling people to go beyond their limits

Cooper, Professional, United States

R/GA + Owlet Baby Care, Professional, United States

SAM by SAM Labs
SAM Labs, Professional, United Kingdom

Wayfindr – Independent travel for blind people
ustwo, Professional, United Kingdom


Capturing attention, creating delight and delivering meaning

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Student, Denmark

The Color Visualizer
Tellart, Professional, United States

The Pursuit by Equinox
R/GA, Professional, United States

ANNA – breathing assistant
Umeå Institute of Design, Student, Sweden

The Imagination Machine
Tellart, Professional, Netherlands


Encouraging self expression and/or creativity

Sound Blocks
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Student, Denmark

Second Story (part of SapientNitro), Professional, United States

NailSnaps – Turn your photos into custom nail art
NailSnaps, Professional, United States

Queensland University of Technology, Student, Australia

SUPSI, Student, Switzerland


Making daily activities more efficient

Arlanda Departure Sequencing Tool
Veryday, Professional, Sweden

Itera Norge AS, Professional, Norway

Adobe Fill & Sign
Adobe, Professional, United States

Cooper, Professional, United States

Source: Announcing the 2016 Interaction Awards Finalists/ IxD Awards

By Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Director of Design Strategy at SAP.

Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar has helped truly global companies in multiple continents create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he promoted the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.

Itamar holds a MA in Design Practice from Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK), for which he received a Distinction Award for his thesis Creating Innovative Design Software Solutions within Collaborative/Distributed Design Environments.

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