Design Challenge 2020

Introduction

 

More than 775 million school children have been affected by school closures around the world as a result of COVID-19. Can we approach COVID-19 as a design problem, to find innovative ways to apply human-centered design principles to help soothe everyday frustrations and mitigate the most pressing issues?

The answer is Yes, the pandemic is powering innovation on an atypical scale and pace not normally considered. Education has not changed since World War 2 and due to the pandemic it is in the forefront and in need of rapid change.

The overnight shift of traditional learning to digital learning is an important area where once again, necessity has proved itself to be the mother of invention.

Student engaging in e-learning from the confines of his house

Calling all change-makers!

Adaptation and innovation are two core values of that we are seeking. While no one could have anticipated the design challenge that the COVID-19 outbreak has posed, we want to give you the chance to rise to the occasion.

How can you help forward thinking institutions grasp this golden opportunity to create a seismic shift?

Mission Control

Objective

Come together to rethink schooling so every student everywhere can be prepared for the future. Unleash your potential and solve real world problems for schools that ask their students what they think and actually listen to them

Important Questions to Answer (IQAs)

  • What would post pandemic classrooms look like?
  • How would you like to learn?
  • What is the ultimate experiential learning model?
  • How would you address the needs of students on soft skills development?
The mission at Design Challenge 2020 hosted by The Explorers Lab

Submitting Your Solutions

Graphical representation of
your re-imagined classroom

50%

Unique aspects of your idea
explained in a brief of 150 words

80%

Upload your submissions by
12th June 2020

100%

Submit your ideas now

Remember ‘You‘ can play a vital role in diagnosing the most pressing issues and come up with solutions.
The urgency to evolve is suddenly here and it’s up to you designers to get to work and be creative!

The question is, “How do you envisage classrooms and education in the next century?”

Your Magic Potion

Design Thinking methodology for success in the Design Challenge 2020 hosted by The Explorers Lab

Design Thinking Methodology

Design thinking improves the world around us every day because of its ability to generate ground-breaking solutions in a disruptive and innovative way. Design thinking is more than just a process, it opens up an entirely new way to think, and offers a collection of hands-on methods to help you apply this new mindset.

Design Thinking is extremely user centric. It focuses on humans first and foremost, seeking to understand people’s needs and come up with effective solutions to meet those needs. It is what we call a solution-based approach to problem-solving.

Awards for the Champions

The Explorers Lab Design Challenge will be judged by a diverse panel of experts representing parents, educators, and the design community. The winning design will be awarded:

Illustration of the top 2 changemakers on the Design Challenge 2020 hosted by The Explorers Lab
Discount for the top 2 changemakers on the Design Challenge 2020 hosted by The Explorers Lab

Top 2 Changemakers

Get 25% discount on The Explorers Lab Digital Entrepreneurship Camp this summer

Illustration of the most creative ideas on the Design Challenge 2020 hosted by The Explorers Lab
Backpack for the most creative ideas on the Design Challenge 2020 hosted by The Explorers Lab

Top 3 Creative Ideas

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Let's do this

How do you envisage classrooms and education in the next century?

Important Dates


12 July 2020

Free Webinar


12 - 16 July 2020

Submission Window


17 - 19 July 2020

Internal Evaluation of Ideas


21 July 2020

Announcement of Winners