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21 Feb, 2016

WDCD challenge: think big – think small – think different

TABANOVCE, MACEDONIA – OCTOBER 25: Migrants arrive at Tabonovce railway station close to the Serbian border on October 25, 2015 in Tabanovce, Macedonia. Despite the worsening weather, thousands of migrants are crossing through the Former Republic Of Macedonia as they continue their journey on towards western Europe. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you have a great idea for a product or a service that could make a real difference for men, women and children in need?

Our friends at IKEA Foundation, UNHCR Innovation and What Design Can Do have launched a very important and exciting global design challenge, with an aim to improve the reception and integration of refugees in urban areas. Designers, creatives, thinkers and innovators from across the globe are invited to join! 

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Ideation workshop during the Democratic Design Days in Zürich.

The WDCD Refugee Challenge was launched during the IKEA Democratic Design Days conference in Zürich this weekend. We took part in the launch workshop where participants could begin generating ideas for solutions relating to the briefings in the challenge; housing, work, health, education, information and integration. It was great to see and hear the groups of creatives work away with issues that concern and engage all of us on a deeply personal and human level.

 The call for innovative solutions for the reception and integration of refugees in urban areas is open to designers around the world until 1 May. From the entries, five winning ideas will be selected, and later announced in Amsterdam on 1 July 2016. The five finalists will receive funding of up to € 10,000 and expert support to develop their ideas into realistic plans and working prototypes.

Read more and apply today!