UID alumni collect prestigious prizes at the 'Interaction Awards'


With a record 354 submissions from students and professionals at this year's 'Interaction Awards', UID alumni snagged two main accolades as Toby Whelan got 'Best Student' and Rebekka Quiroz Wiberg was awarded 'Best in Show'.


Toby Whelan, who graduated from the MFA IxD programme last spring, wanted to inspire advocacy among future generations with his thesis project. In collaboration with Lego, he developed a platform for kids to further their activism skills, following in the footsteps of Greta Thunberg. Part of the solution is an app that allows young people to both learn and develop strategies for taking action on local issues. 'Agents of Action' is an educational tool that teaches young people how to "rebel" in a constructive way.

Out of close to 200 hundred student submissions, Toby's project stood out to the jury of design professionals.

"This project really wowed the awards jury", said Kim Goodwin, author of 'Designing for the Digital Age'.

Scenario SketchA scenario sketch detailing a child using the 'Agents of Action' toolkit

Toby chose to acknowledge the children of the future to whom he had dedicated the project as he accepted the award.

"I want to say thanks to the kids around the world who are raising their voices and changing peoples' minds. They inspired me to create this project. Let's invest in them as designers and help them rebuild the future", said Toby Whelan.

Rebekka Quiroz Wiberg's award category, 'Best in Show', was the grand finale of the 'Interaction Awards'.

"This project threaded the needle of a multitude of complex technological, social and cultural contexts", said May Li Khoe, 'Interaction Awards' jury chair.

Game00 ViewThe 'Animo' rehabilitation game and app

During her acceptance speech, Rebekka especially thanked the health care staff that supported her during the early phases of the project.

"I did not expect this at all. I want to thank the health care staff that helped me a lot during the research phase of the project. I worked with a many physical therapists and stroke patients to understand their problem and without their help and engagement I couldn't have come up with this idea", said Rebekka Quiroz Wiberg.


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About 'The Interaction Awards'

The Interaction Awards, now in its tenth year, recognize and celebrate excellence in Interaction Design across domains, channels, environments, and cultures.

Founded by the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in 2010 and first presented in 2012, the annual Interaction Awards celebrate design thought leadership and innovation around the globe. Since its launch in 2003, IxDA has grown into a global network of more than 100,000 individuals and over 200 local groups, focusing on interaction design issues for the practitioner, no matter their level of experience.