Why this challenge?
We need to change the way we power our daily lives. Cities consume the majority of the energy supply, often powered by fossil fuels. Therefore cities and metropolitan areas offer a huge opportunity to transform the way we generate and use energy. We need creative solutions to get as much power from as little energy as possible, wasting as little as we can. That is why, together with Ikea Foundation, we are seeking design interventions that integrate renewable energy, energy saving and energy efficient approaches. Read more about the reasons behind this challenge.
The Clean Energy Challenge is focussed on five globally influential cities. For each city we have crafted locally specific briefings informed by real stories, global key issues and local design capacity. Find specific briefings for each city below.Waste in México City Moving around São Paulo Eating in Nairobi Cityscapes of Amsterdam Building in Delhi
Why should I join the challenge?
Winners will receive funding up to €10.000 to develop their idea.
Winning teams will get a tailor made development programme aimed at making the winning ideas investment ready.
Publicity & Network
All winning projects will be published on WDCD’s platforms, media channels and shared in press releases.
All winning teams have a chance to present their idea during the WDCD Live event in Amsterdam.
How do I submit a project?
Register to make an account
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Complete your profile
Fill in your profile information and upload your profile picture
Submit your project
Fill out the submission form and add the necessary project information. You will receive a message when your project is approved. You can edit your project after it has been approved.
join a design jam
The Clean Energy Design Jam is an ideation workshop to inspire, develop and pitch ideas for the Clean Energy Challenge. Join a Design Jam organised by WDCD or download the workshop kit and start your own Design Jam.Read more
The student track is for students, or recent graduates (no longer than 3 years), from universities, art and design schools that are ready to make their first step as creative professional.
The professional track is for creative professionals such as independent designers, design studio’s, ad-hoc teams and non-profit organisations, including NGO’s with a creative idea.
The start-up track is for social impact start-ups with a product or prototype and (some) market traction looking to further build, validate and scale their business and find the best international market fit.
The judging criteria
Your idea is relevant because you’ve gained local insights and collaborate with people and/or organizations already working on solutions.
Your idea has positive impact on people, places and systems and you propose clear metrics to measure this.
Your idea is feasible: technically, economically, politically, legally, socially, culturally and psychologically.
Your idea may be developed for a specific location or community but has the potential to be scaled up to benefit the many.
Your idea is exciting because it is new and creative and a great story to share.
Your idea is developed by a well-balanced and highly committed team or you have assembled a group of people around you who can help develop your idea further.
The WDCD Clean Energy Challenge covers a period of a year, from the open call for submissions to the implementation of the winning ideas. Each phase of the challenge is a step forward in developing the submitted ideas into impactful design, products or services that can push the transition to clean energy.
4 Sep 2018 - 5 Dec 2018
The open call for submission will be launched on the 4th of September and is open until 5 December 2018. In each city there is a Design Jam organised to help prospect participants to inspire and generate ideas for submission.
5 Dec 2018 - 25 Jan 2019
After all entries have been submitted a special selection committee in each city will establish a list of nominations. Nominated teams will be announced for Amsterdam, Delhi, Nairobi, México City and São Paulo on on the 25th of January 2019.
25 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
The nominated teams get the opportunity to process the feedback and refine their ideas for re-submission from the 25th of January until the 10th of February 2019.
Mar 2019 - Mar 2019
During the WDCD live event in Mexico City, 5 & 6 March 2019, an international jury will select and announce the winning projects of the Clean Energy Challenge in the categories student, professional and start-up.
Mar 2019 - Jun 2019
All winning teams will receive a tailor made Impact Development Program to further develop their ideas and prototypes
Make it happen
Jul 2019 - Jul 2020
The winning projects get a chance to work toward implementation and go-to market of their ideas and a chance to present their projects during the WDCD live event in Amsterdam.