Design-enabled Innovation in Urban Environments
Congratulations! Designscapes has revealed the first 50 winners of the Open Call – each designer / creative entrepreneur will receive a €5,000 grant for the delivery of a feasibility study on their design-enabled innovations in urban environments.
Designscapes are looking for innovative solutions to help in facing challenges in the urban context. The best innovations are design-enabled, user-centered, embedded into an urban environment, practical and easily understood. In all, there will be more than 100 European pilot projects.
There are 3 independent stages – the second round of the Open Call is already open – candidates can submit their applications for Design-enabled Innovation prototype developments until the end of May for the chance of receiving up to €25.000 in funding support. A prototype is the experimental release of a new product, service, process or other innovative solution, built according to a predefined guideline (including a feasibility study) and already tested.
The third stage is the Scalability Proof – demonstrating the capacity for the take-up and scaling up of 10 design enabled innovations by enterprises, start-ups, public authorities and other stakeholders.
The Tavistock Institute is responsible for designing the overarching evaluation methodology and framework for the project and is one of 12 partners, Europe-wide, in a consortium. Designscapes is funded by Horizon 2020 – the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever.
The overarching aim of the project is to exploit the generative potential of urban environments, highlighting the systemic challenges embedded therein and supporting those innovation processes that, thanks to a Design enabled approach, bring collective values and increase the capacity of innovative solutions to tackle crucial, “wicked” and systemic problems successfully.
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