From November 2017 to April 2018

The Climate Action Challenge 2017

Climate change is inevitable. We are witnessing its harmful effects, with floods, droughts, dying ecosystems, and civil wars caused by constrained food and water resources. Therefore WDCD and it’s main partners Ikea Foundation and Autodesk Foundation initiated a global design competition. The Climate Action Challenge is calling on the creative community to submit bold, innovative solutions to combat the impacts of climate change. On 24 May 2018 at WDCD Live in Amsterdam the winners will show prototypes and accompanying business plans. The second Climate Action Challenge will be launched in September 2018.

From March 2015 to March 2016

Refugee Challenge 2016

The WDCD Refugee Challenge was the first global creative competition initiated by What Design Can Do. Launched in 2015 with the support of partners IKEA Foundation and the UNHCR, the challenge was officially closed with a grand finale on 7 March, 2017 in Amsterdam. Throughout the entire challenge process, our international 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.