Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas

Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas

Fast Company

Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas awards honor products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet. The contest, now in its third year, has honored everything from large companies’ sustainability initiatives to clever consumer products to groundbreaking government policies. There are many problems in the world, and we are interested in innovative ideas that solve any of them.

This year, we have 17 categories (including several new ones). We’re looking for any and all groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2018. Entries will be considered by a group of designers, venture capitalists, thinkers, social entrepreneurs, and Fast Company editors. You can see some of the judges below, and more will be added in the coming months. Entries will be judged on impact, design, scalability, and ingenuity.


Advertising, AI & Data, Apps, Creativity, Consumer Products, Developing World Technology, Education, Energy, Experimental, Food, Health and Wellness, Spaces, Places, and Cities, Social Justice, Students, Transportation, General Excellence, World Changing Company Of The Year.

Our goal with these awards is to bring attention to ideas with great potential, and help them expand their reach and serve as inspiration for others to use their talents to create products and businesses that. Every entry will be read by Fast Company editors. Winners, finalists, and honorable mentions will appear in the May issue of Fast Company magazine and on our website. And this year, for the first time, we’ll also be selecting one overall World Changing Company from all our entrants.

You can read about last year’s winners and finalists here.

For full competition details, see the rules and FAQs.


Chrysanthe Broikos (curator, National Building Museum), Jean Case (CEO, Case Foundation), John Elkington (executive chairman and cofounder, Volans Ventures), Phillip Haid (CEO, Public), Arlan Hamilton (founder, managing partner, CEO Backstage Capital), Jessica Jackley (entrepreneur and investor, cofounder of Kiva), Emily Pilloton (founder and CEO of Project H Design), Brooks Rainwater (director, National League of Cities’ Center for City Solutions), DeAndrea Salvador (founder and CEO, Renewable Energy Transition Initiative), Michael Shank (communications director, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance) and many more to come…