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Demo Day Climate Action Challenge

By 25-05-2018

The Climate Action Challenge is a global design competition calling on the creative community to submit bold, innovative solutions to combat the impacts of climate change.

On the 24th of May, during What Design Can Do 2018, the winners will show the result of the acceleration programme during the What Design Can Do conference in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. During this demo day the prototypes and accompanying business plans are presented. Below are some of the winners.

Power Plant
Marjan van Aubel – Nederland
This is a greenhouse that apart from food also harvests energy from the sun. That makes it a beautifully disruptive project ticking all the boxes by bringing together design, technology and engineering. By reimagining something that already exists this project can turn around an industry that is extremely energy consuming.

Keepers: Rainforest Lab & Kitchen
Casco Collective – Nederland
Sharing a meal is a good start for a conversation about where our food comes from and how the land where it is produced can best be used and revitalised. Land management is a key aspect of adaptation and bringing together indigenous knowledge, science, cooking expertise and design offers great opportunities for this. Crossovers like these we need more.

Backpack Radio Station
Iman Abdurrahman & Studio Joris de Groot – Indonesië / Nederland
This portable radio station can be a life saver in remote places where the forces of nature hit the local communities. The mini radio station and the accompanying mini database can help remote communities to become more resilient before, during and after natural disasters that we unfortunately will see more and more due to climate change.

Twenty
Mirjam de Bruijn – Nederland
This project that proposes to ship detergents and other cleaning products without the water they usually are diluted in, not only saves transport emissions, but more importantly helps raise awareness. The project can become a powerful symbol for people helping them to rethink their everyday consumption and live a lighter life.

The Vertical University Project
Priyanka Bista & Aashi Bhaiji – Nepal
Ancient knowledge might be helpful to restore the damage done to the earth. This university along the slopes of the Himalayas in Nepal encourages its students to learn from local farmers about the deep physical and biological diversity of the landscape. By bringing together landscape, community and knowledge this project will in the end help to lower the impact of climate change.

The Change Rangers
Hannah Lewman & Rachel Benner – VS
Building on their own experience as girl scouts, the energetic students behind this project realized that scouting needs rebooting. Because, as they say, scouts used to learn how to fish, but soon there is no more fish to catch. Taking the existing scouting system as a starting point for preparing the next generation how to deal with a warmer world is both essential and brilliant.