ExperienceCraft by Experience Camps Is a Finalist in Fast Company’s 2023 Innovation by Design Awards

Celebrating more than a decade of Innovation by Design, the 2023 honorees include nearly 500 projects, products, and services from Adobe, PepsiCo, Canva, and others.

WESTPORT, CT August 22, 2023 – Experience Camps was honored in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards for 2023 in the Apps and Games category for ExperienceCraft on Minecraft.

The Innovation by Design Awards, which can be found in the September 2023 issue of Fast Company, honor the designers and businesses solving the most crucial problems of today and anticipating the pressing issues of tomorrow. The competition, now in its 12th year, features a range of blue-chip companies, emerging startups, and hungry young talents. It is one of the most sought-after design awards in the industry.

Fast Company Innovation by Design Award announcement

“We’re so thrilled to be recognized for ExperienceCraft, which is a custom Minecraft server that we created for grieving kids with the connected learning experts at our nonprofit partner, Connected Camps,” says Michelle Cove, Director of Communications at Experience Camps. “ExperienceCraft is the first virtual world for grieving kids in Minecraft, a space where grieving kids can play, build, and navigate their feelings together.”

“So much innovation news these days is focused on AI,” said Brendan Vaughan, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “This year’s Innovation by Design winners, finalists, and honorees, are a reminder that it’s human ingenuity that drives invention.”

The judges for the competition include renowned designers from a variety of disciplines, business leaders from some of the most innovative companies in the world, and Fast Company’s own writers and editors. Entries are judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, user insight, cultural impact, and business impact.

Winners, finalists, and honorable mentions are featured online, and winners and finalists are featured in the issue of Fast Company magazine, on newsstands August 29, 2023.

To see the complete list, go to https://www.fastcompany.com/innovation-by-design/list.

About Experience Camps

Experience Camps is an award-winning national nonprofit that transforms the lives of grieving children through summer camp programs and innovative, year-round initiatives. Through compassion, connection, and play, we allow grieving children to embody a life full of hope and possibility. By amplifying their voices, we are creating a more grief-sensitive culture.

About Connected Camps

Connected Camps is a not-for-profit organization providing connected learning experiences that foster creativity, problem solving, collaboration and interest-driven learning. Connected Camps’ mission is to build a global online community where kids build, code, play, and learn from one another.

About Fast Company

Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at www.fastcompany.com.

Media Contact: Michelle Cove, michelle@experiencecamps.org

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