Climate Action Challenge Nominees
The Climate Action Challenge, initiated in close collaboration with IKEA Foundation and Autodesk Foundation, received 384 entries from 70 countries. Projects were submitted in three separate tracks for students (122 entries), professionals (169 entries) and start-ups (93 entries). The Challenge addressed five topics: Water, Housing, Food, Energy and Health for which participants could enter proposals in four design categories: Communications, Products & Spaces, Services and Systems. A striking trend is that many entrants took an holistic approach to the problem, combining multiple topics and design strategies. Out of the 384 entries the selection committee nominated 35 projects. These are exhibited during Dutch Design Week from 21 tot 28 October. Then they are given the opportunity to improve and re-submit their proposals based on the feedback of the selection committee and the challenge committee.
After this an international jury of experts in design, social enterprise and climate sciences & policy will judge the refined proposals. The winners – to be 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.