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A challenge in seven phases

The WDCD Refugee Challenge is structured along seven phases. The process focuses on idea generation, feedback and improvement, selection of the finalists, acceleration of their ideas and creating the opportunities for implementation. The 5 winning projects were revealed on 1 July What Design Can Do 2016 conference in Amsterdam. The next phase is the Accelerate phase, where the chosen projects will be developed into scalable programs/products/services or startups.


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WDCDChallenge Arrow_1 The call to participate in the WDCD Refugee Challenge will be open from 19 February 2016 until 20 May 2016.

UNHCR is kindly hosting this challenge on the UNHCR Ideas platform. View all the ideas by visiting https://refugeechallenge.unhcrideas.org/

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    Ideas improve with feedback. In this phase participants and other registered platform users form the communities of WDCD, UNHCR and IKEA Foundation are invited to rate and comment online on the proposals entered.

The ultimate goal here is to help one another to get the best out of the proposed ideas. This phase also offers participants a chance to forge new collaborative partnerships. Want to join another team to strengthen their ideas? Just ask!

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    Entrants get time to adjust their ideas based on the feedback received in the previous phase, and submit final proposals.  
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    Registered website users will now be able to vote for the proposals they consider the best. Based on the outcome the challenge partners WDCD, IKEA Foundation and UNHCR Innovate will establish a shortlist of 20-30 entries. This shortlist will then be put before our international jury of renowned designers / creatives from all disciplines, together with a group of refugees and experts from other relevant fields.

On 1 July the five finalists were announced at the international WDCD Live Amsterdam conference.

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  Arrow_6   This is probably the most important phase of the challenge, in which design really must demonstrate that it can be a force for social change. 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.

A group of coaches from various design disciplines will be available to support the teams during this phase. IKEA Foundation and UNHCR will host workshops with experts and refugees to test the prototypes and help with feasibility studies. This has will be extensively covered on WDCD and partner blogs and social media.

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    The finalists present their prototypes and business plans to a group of potential implementation partners and investors, brought together by the challenge partners. This session should conclude with their commitment to adopt one or more of the proposed designs. The five solutions and the overall winner(s) will be presented at a What Design Can Do event in November/ December 2016.  
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    Although this phase unfolds beyond the remit of WDCD, both, WDCD and the challenge partners will follow and report on developments relating to the implementation of the finalists’ plans through their established channels. Once the implementation is a fact, WDCD and the challenge partners will announce this in style!


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