Better Energy by Design is an international competition, held by BE OPEN and partners. It is open to students, graduates and young professionals who specialise in the fields of art, design, architecture and media.

The competition aims to encourage creation of innovative solutions by younger creatives, for the more prosperous and sustainable future. The focus of the competition is the United Nations’ SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy.

BE OPEN and all of the stakeholders involved in this international competition programme, strongly believe that creativity is integral in the shift to sustainable existence.

The objectives of “Better Energy by Design” are to raise awareness about SDG7: Clean and Affordable Energy and contribute to achieving it via recognizing, showcasing and promoting the best design ideas and projects that embody and can advance the principles, aims and implementation of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Achievement of SDG7 is impossible without ensuring that a growing number of households, communities and production companies use green energy technologies. Therefore participants of “Better Energy by Design” are asked to reflect on “What can be done to prompt breakthrough of clean energy technologies into our lives?” Whether you propose to make those more affordable, more modern or more appealing to energy users — it’s you call.

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  • First prize — €5,000
  • Second prize — €3,000
  • Third prize — €2,000
  • BE OPEN Founder’s Choice prize — €3,000
  • Public Vote prize — €2,000


Projects for the Competition must relate to one of the following submission categories:

  1. Powered by Renewables
  2. Save More Energy
  3. Reducing Energy Gap

Participants may enter as individuals or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Participants are encouraged to seek academic and professional mentorship/advisement/sponsorship.

Deadline for submissions — March 30th, 2023