Dutch design organisation What Design Can Do launched the Climate Action Challenge on May 23rd, 2017. The Challenge is a new global design competition calling on designers and creative entrepreneurs to submit innovative solutions to combat the impacts of climate change.

As climate change happens faster and harder than anyone expected, it’s clear that we need bold and inspiring solutions to protect ourselves from the consequences. So far, we are unprepared to deal with the reality of rising seas, heavy rains, drought, famine and migration.

That’s why the Challenge focuses on the five most urgent areas where we need to adapt: food, water, housing, energy and health. All kinds of design backgrounds, from advertising to architecture, are welcome and encouraged!

The challenge is open to students, creative professionals and start-ups, and there’s €900,000 in prize money, as well as an acceleration programme, offered to five winners. There are six stages in the competition, with time for feedback and refinement as well.

You have until September 24th 2017 to submit your initial proposals — so get cracking!

With the Workshop Package included, it offers a unique opportunity to quickly set up a collaboration between DESIS Schools.

It is also fine to encourage students to submit ideas you may already have developed in previous projects.