Climate Action Challenge Winners

In September the WDCD received 384 entries from 70 countries. Out of the 384 entries the selection committee nominated 35 projects. Subsequently the nominees were given the opportunity to improve and re-submit their proposals based on the feedback of the selection committee and the challenge committee. Ainternational jury of experts in design, social enterprise and climate sciences judged the refined proposals in November. The winners – who were announced on the 23rd of November 2017 at WDCD Live in São Paulo – share an award package of €900.000, including an acceleration programme tailor-made in collaboration with Social Enterprise NL.

Demo Day

On 24 May 2018 the winners will show the result of a five-month acceleration program, during the What Design Can Do conference in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. During this demo day the prototypes and accompanying business plans are shown.

Find out more about the teams behind the winning projects of the Climate Action Challenge 2017 here.


Suryanarayanan Balasubramanian


Louise Bleach


Iman Abdurrahman & Studio Joris de Groot

The Change Rangers

Hannah Lewman, Rachel Benner

Free Wind

Cassandra Seah, Nik Halim, Amber Lim


Mirjam de Bruijn


Eric Smith, Pushan Panda