As designers we wonder, how can we make a positive contribution to the current pandemic crisis? A simple way to direct this energy and creativity is to participate in a design challenge. We have listed four design challenges that specifically ask for inspiration, designs and smart solutions for the Coronavirus crisis.
SANITISER DESIGN COMPETITION – BY BOMPASS & PARR
Former speakers at What Design Can Do and experience designers Bompass & Parr launched the Fountain of Hygiene: sanitiser design competition. They invite designers to develop an aesthetic and functional approach to hand sanitising, to design inspired takes on the sanitiser pumps and hand washing rituals across the globe. The results will be exhibited online in April and May with entries raising money for the British Red Cross.
STAY SAFE STAY SANE – BY STUDIO LENNARTS EN DE BRUIJN
Design studio Lennarts en de Bruijn invites the design community to ‘show some love to our lifesavers and to inspire the home-stayers’. Through their platform www.stay-sane-stay-safe.com they teamed up with graphic designers to support all of our medical staff and caretakers while remaining inside. You can join by simply downloading and sharing the posters, or you can make one and upload it to their website.
COVID19 CHALLENGE: BEAT THE PANDEMIC – BY MIT
MIT will host a series of challenges in the upcoming Corona crisis period. The challenges are virtual hackathons that anyone who is eager to beat the pandemic can join. The next challenge is set up around two main questions: How to protect vulnerable populations from the effects of COVID-19? And: How to support hospitals with shortage of staff, supplies, and resources? Find more information on their website.
COMMUNICATION INSPIRATION CHALLENGE – BY IDEO
‘How might we rapidly inform and empower communities around the world to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Outbreak?’ IDEO asks for you to share your COVID-19 experience so far: what’s working well to motivate behavior change, what isn’t working, and what is missing. Share your experience regarding information and inspiration you have seen around the COVID-19 outbreak that has helped you change your behavior, make new decisions, and gain inspiration.
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