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

What Design Can Do (WDCD) and its main partners, IKEA Foundation and Autodesk Foundation, invite designers, creative thinkers and imaginative trouble-shooters from all countries and disciplines to take part!


The Climate Action Challenge runs from May 2017 to May 2018 and is open to three categories of entrants: students, creative professionals and start-ups The application deadline has been extended until 24 September.

Read up on the background of this challenge and use our Climate Action briefing generator to help you get started.


This challenge is for everyone who is concerned about the climate crisis and wants to make a contribution to a possible solution. As a participant you will be part of a global creative network and receive exposure for your ideas through the communication channels of all of our partners.

Last but not least; the winners of each track of the challenge are eligible to a share of the award package worth €900.000.
Learn more about how to submit a project; or create an account now



Current challenge phase

  • 1 1: Initiate
  • 2 2: Nominate
  • 3 3: Improve
  • 4 4: Triumph
  • 5 5: Accelerate
  • 6 6: Make it Happen