Red Dot Foundation & Safecity - Youth Innovation Challenge 2019

Red Dot Foundation & Safecity - Youth Innovation Challenge 2019

Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) has been approved to host its second UN Habitat’s Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC). Scheduled for the 21st and 22nd of October 2019, the theme of the Urban Thinkers Campus this year is Safe Public Spaces with special focus on gender and climate resilience.

Along with its organising partners, Developmatrix and The Urban Vision and knowledge partner, the US Consulate Mumbai, we are also designing a social incubator for the youth of Mumbai called the Youth Design Innovation Challenge. Our other partners are the Danish Cultural Institute, Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI), Tata Capital, Magic Bus and more.

The Youth Design Innovation Challenge, a derivative of the UTC, is a platform for future leaders of the city – the youth, to advocate enlightened planning and design of our cities and propose urban solutions. Through the Challenge, we aim to raise awareness about gender equality (SDG 5) and its intersection with sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) through sustainable and safe transportation, environment and biodiversity, urban planning and governance and look for hyper-local community based solutions that are innovative and practical.

The theme this year is Safe Public Spaces where the youth will be specifically working on the tracks of Gender and Climate Resilience which are emerging issues glocally. Applications for the Challenge are open until the 7th of August 2019. Once the top 8-10 best ideas are chosen the youth be will mentored for a period of four moths during which they will be a part of a couple of experiential learning sessions and have access to experts, mentors and resources to help turn their innovative ideas into a reality. At the end of four months, the teams will make their final pitch at Dosti House, U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai to a jury who will chose the top 3 finalists. The top three winners will also win cash prizes.

The design innovation challenge is open to youth from 17 to 25 years of age. Diversity is of the utmost essence and it is mandatory for each team to have at least one non-male member. These youth can be accompanied by Faculty from their College/University if they wish to. The main criteria we are looking for in this design innovation challenge is its applicability at the local level as well as its potential to scale up and be replicated and adapted at higher levels.

Article by Red Dot Foundation