24 May / 14:00 - 16:30 / By What Design Can Do

Climate Action Challenge – Demo Day


We all know that climate change has to be stopped to avoid catastrophic consequences. But climate change already is causing damage across the globe. Therefore, What Design Can Do, in partnership with IKEA Foundation and Autodesk Foundation, launched the Climate Action Challenge in May 2017. In this international design competition, the global creative community was invited to submit proposals that would help communities adapt to climate change. Thirteen winners were finally selected out of some 400 entries from 70 countries to follow a six-month accelerator programme. All thirteen will present their finalized projects.

A programme of short pitches within the areas of education, technology, products, and communications. The programme will start with a panel discussion on the importance of design and creativity for the solution of big societal challenges. After the pitch presentations, the programme closes with a World Café, where you will have a chance to meet personally with the winners and their advisors and collaborators. See how their experience might help you develop your own project from prototype to impactful product.

During this session, you’ll be presented with the thirteen winning innovations, their stories, and lessons learned while turning their ideas into prototypes and business models together with Social Enterprise NL. You will get inside information on how thirteen international design teams translated a gigantic world problem into tangible products and services. Projects like The Backpack Radio Station, Twenty, and Powerplant. Check out all winning projects at challenge.whatdesigncando.com

Moderated by: Saskia van Stein

*This programme is supported by: IKEA Foundation & Autodesk Foundation in close collaboration with What Design Can Do, STBY & Social Enterprise NL


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