THE REFUGEE CHALLENGE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!
5 REFUGEE CHALLENGE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!
The best of the What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge 2016 has been announced! Over the past month, a committee of over 30 creative professionals and humanitarian experts selected 25 of the total 631 entries for the shortlist. On 30 June 2016, the The Refugee Challenge international jury met in Amsterdam for a live session to determine the 5 finalists. Their names were announced during WDCD Live Amsterdam 2016, by none other than the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders.
All the jury were hugely impressed with the scale of involvement that the challenge inspired. The staggering number of 631 entries came from mixed teams most of which had engaged meaningfully on the Challenge. Literally thousands of people had worked together and the developed thoughtful conversations on ways to add some design value to the complex issues at the heart of the Refugee Challenge. This in itself was an achievement and all the entrants are to be congratulated!
The Shortlist of 25 was full of inspiring ideas and the Jury want all these teams to recognise that it was a considerable achievement to be selected. It was a very tough task to whittle this down to five projects as recipients of funding and support. Ultimately, the jury were looking for projects that could make a difference, were scalable, achievable and brought a fresh approach. It was also key to see evidence of a team with the energy and commitment to develop their ideas to the next stage.
All five projects are worthy winners and the jury was delighted and unanimous in its decisions. Congratulations!
Next the challenge will embark on an ‘Accelerate Phase’ where each of the five finalists will receive a grant of up to 10,000 euros to develop their proposal into a working prototype, supported by a business plan. Read more about the process here. Want to view all the ideas? Visit the challenge platform, or learn more about this Challenge, and our partners UNHCR & IKEA Foundation by getting to know the challenge background.
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