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The German Innovation Awards honour to cross-industry products and solutions that differ from previous solutions primarily in terms of user centricity and added value. After all, innovations that create the future and improve life exist in all sectors. Sometimes you can see them at first glance - but often not. The German Innovation Awards want to change that. It makes outstanding achievements visible to a broad public and ensures successful positioning in the market.




Download the Fact Sheet (PDF file). There you will find all the information about contest classes and categories, the submission procedure and fees:

Register for the German Innovation Awards 2022 in our registration portal »My Design Council«.

Next milestone:

Registration Deadline

28 January 2022



Contest class



Contest class

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Beauty & Care e.g. Body care, beauty products, wellness products

Drugstore Products e.g. Drugstore products, hygiene products

E-Business e.g. E-commerce systems

E-Mobility e.g. Mobility via electric motors

Entertainment Electronics e.g. Consumer electronics, TV, audio, video, photography, accessories

Fashion e.g. Clothing, shoes, accessories

Food & Beverages e.g. Food and beverages

Gardening & Tools e.g. Gardening equipment, gardening, tools, accessories for tools

Heating & Bathroom e.g. Bathrooms and plumbing, heating, air conditioning and energy technology

Household Appliances e.g. Household appliances, electrical appliances, household goods

Interior & Living e.g. Furniture, home textiles, wall and ceiling cladding, floor coverings

Kids & Toys e.g. Games, toys, kids’ products

Kitchen e.g. Kitchens, electrical appliances, kitchen accessories, kitchen utensils

Leisure & Crafts e.g. Leisure time products, hobbyists’ supplies, musical instruments

Lighting e.g. Luminaires and light sources

Luxury e.g. Exclusive products, luxury items

Medical & Health e.g. Pharmaceutical drugs, rehabilitation, patient care

Office & Stationery e.g. Paper, office supplies, writing implements

Public Space e.g. Street appurtenances, advertising technology, security systems, sanitary equipment for public facilities

Smart Living e.g. Smart metering, smart home

Transportation e.g. Automobiles, bicycles, motorbikes, autoaccessories, mobility service providers

Travel, Sports & Outdoor Goods e.g. Sports products and equipment, sports clothing, bags, suitcases, travel implements

Automotive Technologies e.g. Mobility technologies, auto and component solutions, auto safety

Aviation, Maritime & Railway Technologies e.g. Aviation and space travel technology, shipbuilding and maritime technology, rail vehicles, vehicles for public transportation

Building & Elements e.g. Construction materials, construction elements, paints, insulation, windows, building automation

Chemical Industry e.g. Special and fine chemicals

Connectivity e.g. The Internet of things, Industry 4.0

E-Mobility Technologies e.g. Systems, products and components for electrical mobility

Electronic Technologies e.g. Automation, measurement equipment, sensors

Energy Solutions e.g. Regenerative energy systems, energy generation, heating and cooling technology

Information Technologies | Functional Software e.g. Cloud solutions, data analytics, process management and production software, cyber security, virtual reality, sales and CRM solutions, education technologies

Information Technologies | Industry Specific and Service Software e.g. Financial technologies, smart facility, geospatial and touristic related technologies, gaming and media, product- and service software

Lighting Solutions e.g. Luminaires, lighting technology, projection, lighting management

Logistics & Infrastructure e.g. Passenger and cargo transport, storage, packaging

Machines & Engineering e.g. Durable goods, mechanisms, process and manufacturing technologies, robotics

Materials & Surfaces e.g. High-tech materials and coatings

Medical Technologies e.g. Medical technology, supplies for medical practices, medical products

Office Solutions e.g. Office supplies, business process and office technologies

Pharmaceuticals e.g. Pharmaceutical products, lab equipment

Retail & Trade Solutions e.g. Store appurtenances, display systems

Apart from the opportunity to register projects under the categories listed above, all projects canalso be registered under the overarching category called »Design Thinking«. Eligible projects are those thatstrive for innovation through more agile innovation methods such as design thinking, scrum, lean start-up orsprinting. That said, what we are primarily looking for are innovative achie¬vements whose primary aim is toincorporate the relevant stakeholders into the development process and whose results prominently featureuser-centricity. Projects that document the decisive difference between agile and participatory developmentprocesses have a shot at winning this very special prize.


Additional category




Winner label

Show your success: With unlimited use of the official »Gold«, »Winner« or »Special Mention« label, you receive an excellent seal of quality for your innovation achievement, awarded by an independent jury.You receive additional text modules that you can use for your communication.

Award winner documents

You receive two award winner documentsof the German Innovation Awards, includingthat will enable you to present youraward effectively.

Marketing Services

Exclusive marketing products can be ordered for a fee as part of our marketing services.

Individual ad on social media

We present the award-winning projects to specific target groups with individual ads on Facebook. »Gold« projects will be played out particularly prominently on Facebook/Instagram and on LinkedIn or Pinterest.

Online gallery

More range of coverage for your innovation: All award winners will be presented with text and images in our online gallery. In addition, we link to your company website, which increases visibility and traffic for you.

Press material

Good communication is a basis for sustainable success: We provideyou with templates for your press release in German and English and you receive high-quality text modules for use in your communication measures.

Social media

All award news will be published on the social media channels of the German Design Council with excellent images and can be further shared to generate valuable back links and attention.


Video clips

You receive short individual video clips about your awarded project, which you can share on your website and in your social media networks.

Awards ceremony

The festive awards ceremony at Futurium in Berlin is the highlight of the award and invites to cross-industry networking.

Award sculpture

»Gold« award winners receive a high-quality award sculpture. These will be presented exclusively on stage during the awards ceremony.

Photo wall

It is possible to receive the award winner documents in a picture frame and have them professionally photographed. The photos can be downloaded from our website.

Have we convinced you?

Then register now and get all the benefits of the German Innovation Awards!


19 November 2021

Early-Bird deadline

28 January 2022

Registration deadline

04 February 2022

Deadline for digital presentation for jury session

16 February 2022

Jury session

24 May 2022

Publication of the award winners

24 May 2022

Awards ceremony








Click on the registration button to access our online database »My Design Council«. There you register as a new participant and create your profile. Or you can log in with your existing access data.


Then create your submission for the awards. You need:
- Contest class/main category

- Project name

- Short description (German and English, max. 800 characters incl. spaces)

- Further information on the project

- Details about client/manufacturer/developer

- Category selection

- billing address

- book optional Nominee-Package

- up to 5 images

- How-to Online Submission


If everything is complete, you can now complete your binding registration. Please note: participation in the awards and a possible award will entail fees and costs. For an overview of fees, please click here.

Use the upload link to upload a digital presentation of your innovation for the jury session by 4 February 2022 at the latest. Further information on the permitted file formats and the scope of your submission can be found in the factsheet for digital presentation.

You will be informed of the results of the jury by e-mail. All winners will be invited to the German Innovation Awards ceremony in Berlin in May 2022. We wish you much success!

For more information on the categories, fees and benefits, as well as the approved parameters of your digital presentation for the jury session, please see our Fact Sheet:




You will receive two personalised »Nominee« documents.

Social media tag

As a nominee, we will present you in a social media post during the submission phase, naming and tagging you and the other nominees.


Als Nominee sind Sie berechtigt, das offizielle »Nominee«-Label für Ihre Kommunikation und die Bewerbung des nominierten Projekts zu nutzen. Sie erhalten zusätzlich Textbausteine für Ihre Kommunikation.

Marketing Services

Als Nominee können Sie verschiedene Produkte aus unserem Marketing Services-Angebot bestellen, wie z.B. Acrylglas-Zertifikate und -Kuboide.


As a Nominee you are entitled to use the official »Nominee« label for your communication and the promotion of the nominated project. You receive additional text modules that you can use for your communication.

Marketing Services

As a Nominee, you can order various products from our Marketing Services offering, acrylic glass certificates or cuboids made of acrylic glass.

All information about costs
and service fees:

Further good reasons for participating in the awards can be found on the website of the German Innovation Awards.

Information on the German Design Council can be found under this link.
Fees and costs in overview

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