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Design platform What Design Can Do (WDCD), UNHCR and IKEA Foundation are calling designers and creative trouble-shooters from all countries and disciplines, to come up with innovative ideas to improve the reception and integration of refugees.
According to UNHCR, nearly 60 percent of the world’s 20 million refugees now live in urban areas, and that figure is set to rise. Governments and NGOs are struggling to accommodate the needs of so many new residents. Bold, innovative solutions are needed for challenges related to housing, healthcare, education, work, cultural integration and many other areas.
The five best proposals, announced on 1 July, will receive €10,000 each and enter a accelerator program to develop their ideas into viable products, services or programs, ready to be implemented.
On 25 May, Challenge leader Dagan Cohen and researcher Marie de Vos will elaborate on this ambitious competition, inviting the participants of Campus Party to join a workshop a day later, with one simple objective: to generate brilliant ideas for the Challenge.
Creative Director/ Cultural Entrepreneur
When Dagan Cohen was asked to set up a new strategy for a small movie theatre in Amsterdam, he designed a brilliant concept: Upload Cinema. Upload Cinema brings the best web video’s to the big screen. Every other month a new thematic program of captivating internet films, submitted by the audience, is presented. Upload Cinema has become a well-known brand in the Netherlands, showing web films in over 15 Dutch cities and the concept starts to gain interest outside of the Netherlands. Until recently Dagan was executive creative director at Draftfcb, one of the largest global advertising agency networks. He won several awards among which two Cannes Lions and four Art Directors Netherlands Awards. In januari 2012 he left Draftfcb to become a creative entrepreneur and to further build on the concept of Upload Cinema. Dagan studied environmental art & design at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, he worked as a visual artist and independent creative entrepreneur, he was the co-founder and creative director of the Supper Club Amsterdam (1992 -1995) and worked as an art director at Saatchi and Saatchi The Netherlands (1995). He has been the creative director of Saatchi interactive (1996), Lintas interactive (1998), Ozlo (2000), Lowe Live (2002), Draft Worldwide (2004) and executive creative director of Draftfcb (2006-2012).