What Design Can Do launches global Climate Action Challenge

Challenge calls on creative community to submit game changing ideas to help people adapt to climate change.

What Design Can Do, the IKEA Foundation and Autodesk Foundation proudly announce the launch of the Climate Action Challenge. This new global design competition calls on designers and creative thinkers to submit practical and inspirational solutions to fight climate change and help people cope with its effects. It focuses on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, who will suffer the most from the changing climate.

Adapting to climate change
So far, most climate action has focused on reducing carbon emissions to try and limit global warming. But as natural disasters become more frequent and intense, people must finds way to adapt. Communities also need to work together to deal with the consequences of climate change: food and water shortages, homelessness, ill health, mass migration and conflict.

The challenge.
What Design Can Do invites designers, creative thinkers and imaginative trouble-shooters from all countries and disciplines to participate in the challenge. It seeks design ideas that will help communities vulnerable to climate change – focusing on their food, water, housing, health and energy needs. The best designs are innovative, practical, scalable, affordable and easily understood.
Challenge participants have until 21 August to submit their ideas. There are separate tracks and awards for students, creative professionals and start-ups. The winners, selected by an international jury, share an award package worth €900,000. This includes a production budget and a tailor-made acceleration programme to help them bring their ideas, prototypes or start-ups to the market and make them ready for investment.
The Climate Action Challenge builds on the success of the Refugee Challenge of 2016, which attracted 631 entries from 70 countries. The five winning ideas are currently in development.