What Design Can Do - refugee challenge

19 April 2016
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2 19Design platform What Design Can Do (WDCD), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and IKEA Foundation join forces in a global design challenge aimed at improving the lives of refugees in urban areas.

Designers, creative thinkers and imaginative trouble-shooters from all corners of the world are invited to take part. At the same time, refugees themselves are actively encouraged to participate.

According to UNHCR, nearly 60 percent of the world’s 20 million refugees now live in urban areas, and that figure is set to rise. Governments and NGOs are struggling to accommodate the needs of so many new residents. Bold, innovative solutions are needed for challenges related to housing, healthcare, education, work, cultural integration and many other areas.

We are looking for game-changing yet feasible ideas, which might be products, communication campaigns, services, and / or technologies. You can enter existing initiatives or propose entirely new concepts. The criteria are: creativity/originality, relevance, feasibility, scalability and potential impact.

The five best proposals, selected by an international jury, will receive 10,000 Euros each and the guidance of top-designers and experts in humanitarian aid to develop their concepts into prototypes and business plans. Closing date for submissions is 1 May 2016.

1. INITIATE: Call for proposals (19 Feb - 1 May)
2. CONTRIBUTE: Feedback (1 - 14 May)
3. IMPROVE: Time to refine entries (15 May - 1 June)
4. NOMINATE: Public voting (2 - 14 June 2016), selection by international jury and announcement of finalists (1 July 2016)
5. ACCELERATE: Finalists receive funding and expert support to develop their ideas (2 July - 2 Oct)
6. PITCH: The elaborated plans are presented to possible implementation partners (3 Oct - 3 Nov)
7. MAKE IT HAPPEN: Implementation of plans and designs (from Dec onwards)

Learn more at www.whatdesigncando.com/challenge

Find out more by downloading the PDF here.

Contact BEDA  Koloniënstraat 56, 1000 Brussels (Belgium) t. (+32) 2 217 39 77  f. (+32) 2 217 99 72
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