Winners of Nano-Hazard Symbol Contest Announced

An estimated 30,000 people gathered at the World Social Forum in Nairobi last week where participants had a chance to vote for their favorite Nano-Hazard Symbol – a design that warns of the presence of engineered nanomaterials (1 nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter).

The 3 pics below are the winners of the international graphic design competition announced last week. The winning designs were submitted by: Dimitris Deligiannis (Greece), Shirley Gibson (Scotland), and Kypros Kyprianou (England).
3 Nano Winners

“Tiny tech is no small matter – there was intense competition to design a nano-hazard symbol, and enormous interest in Nairobi,” said Pat Mooney of ETC Group. “We ended up with three winners who were virtually tied for first place,” explained Mooney.

The competition netted 482 unique designs from 24 countries. An independent panel of judges selected 16 finalists that appeared on the ballot in Nairobi that you can see below (clicky)

Nano 16 finalists

If you’d like to view all entries all 482 design submissions can be viewed here.

Such as this one that looks like billiard balls and a cue. Or this Ladybug wielding a wrench. This one i just don’t get, an elderly couple with a disintegrating cane? Is this one an alien head?

In any case, if you spot a good one, please link to it in the comments!

You can read a little more about the contest here at You can view their blog here (feed added!)

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