The WDCD Refugee Challenge is about to come to an end with a grand finale on 7 March in Amsterdam. On this day the 5 challenge finalists will present – after months of hard work – their elaborated concepts and business cases. Some have come further than others, but all are determined to find the right partners and make their concepts reality.

A panel of experts will respond to the pitch presentations and two inspiring keynote speakers will give their vision on humanitarian innovation: Goof van Dormolen, operations manager, the Dutch Council for Refugees and Willemijn Verloop, founder of Social, co-founder of Social Impact Ventures.

Time: 7 March, 13-18 hrs
Location: Rockstart, Herengracht 182, Amsterdam

Reserve your seat here.

13.30 – Walk-in
14.00 – Opening by Richard van der Laken, director WDCD
14.05 – Moderator: Dagan Cohen, leader of the WDCD Refugee Challenge
14.10 – Keynote speaker: Goof van Dormolen, operations manager, the Dutch Council for Refugees

14.25 – Introduction expert panel and presenting teams
14.30 – Presentation #1: Makers Unite + questions panel
14.45 – Presentation #2: Welcome Card + questions panel
15.00 – Presentation #3: Eat & Meet + questions panel
15.15 – Presentation #4: Reframe Refugees + questions panel
15.30 – Presentation #5: AgriShelter + questions panel

15.45 – Writer/ journalist Tracy Metz interviews Willemijn Verloop, founder of Social, co-founder Social Impact

16:00 – Tea Break

16:15 – Audience talks with presenting design teams (World Café method)
17:15 – Feedback by teams on conversations
17:30 – Final advice expert panel to teams
17.35 – Ingeborg De Roode, design curator, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (announcement refugees & design exhibition)
17.40 – Closing words by main partners of the Refugee Challenge: Corinne Gray and Jonathan Spampinato, head of
             marketing and strategic planning IKEA Foundation),

17.45 – Drinks & Snacks

Expert panel
— Corinne Gray, Financial Inclusion/ Impact Investment specialist of UNHCR and main partner of the Refugee Challenge
— Joost Alferink, designer/ entrepreneur and member of the Refugee Challenge selection committee
— Mathijs Koper, co-founder World Startup Factory and partner of WDCD accelerator programme
— Raphaël Nouwen, manager SME lending at Triodos Bank and partner WDCD accelerator programme

Guest speakers
— Willemijn Verloop, Founder War Child and co-founder Social Impact Ventures
— Goof van Dormolen, Manager of Operations Dutch Council for Refugees