The Collective Innovation Challenge - The Collective Foundation

Competitions

Creative Ideas

Location (s):

  • Online
  • United Kingdom

Overview

Creating new ideas to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.

Details

We believe in the power of bringing people together to tackle critical social issues. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, vulnerable communities urgently need support. This is why we are challenging you to think of innovative ideas that can support communities that are significantly affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  

We believe in the power of bringing people together to tackle critical social issues. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, vulnerable communities urgently need support. This is why we are challenging you to think of innovative ideas that can support communities that are significantly affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  

Our focus

How can we support vulnerable groups who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

  • Isolated older people: We are particularly interested in working with those who experience the most severe forms of social isolation — people who live independently, the economically disadvantaged, and those who don’t have existing strong social networks. How can we support the emotional and social needs of those aged over 70 who have been asked to take the most stringent social distancing measures?
  • Young people with disadvantaged backgrounds: This is a moment that exposes many of inequities faced by young people in our society —from access to quality food and broadband and computers needed for distance education to the supportive environments needed to focus on learning. For the millions of young people who are homeless or food insecure, school is often the one place where they feel safe and where some of their urgent needs are met. How can we support the social, physical and mental-health needs of society’s most vulnerable young people and their carers?
  • People who experience homelessness: In London alone, there were 8,855 people sleeping rough in 2019. These people are at serious risk during the COVID-19 crisis. What can we do to help rough sleepers transition from hotels into permanent housing, increase permanent housing options in a changing property market, and how can we prevent people from entering a cycle of homelessness?

How to get involved

  • Step 1 - Choose a challenge: Explore different innovation challenges that our partners have created on our online platform. Read our research briefs to get a better understanding of the problems. Choose a challenge that excites you and aligns with your skills and interests. When you sign up to join the community, you will get an e-mail with a link to join our online platform.
  • Step 2 - Join the community: Sign up to join our community and you will receive an invitation to join our private Slack channel. Find other socially driven people with whom you can collaborate on the challenges. Discuss your ideas with each other. Create or join your dream team. 
  • Step 3 - Work on your idea: Work together with your team in a short timeframe to develop your idea. Participate in online sessions with our Challenge partners to get a better understanding of their needs and receive feedback. 
  • Step 4 - Present your idea: Share your idea with everyone on our online platform. The most promising ideas will be selected by the organisation that hosts the challenge, and brought to life in collaboration with them. 

Opportunity is About:


Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Who can participate?

Anyone who wants to contribute their skills is welcome to take part. Whether you have experience in tech, UX, business, project management, the charity sector, or the creative arts, there is no limit to what we can achieve if we bring our strengths together.  

That said, we actively encourage people who have personal or professional experience working with organisations in our Focus Areas to apply.  

You can be from anywhere in the world to participate. However, as we are London-based Foundation, we exclusively work with organisations in the UK for the time being. We do believe that to a large extent, challenges in the UK are also relevant in other geographical contexts. We hope that the solutions that come out of the challenges will inspire a positive impact in and outside of the UK.


Dates:

Deadline: As soon as possible


Cost/funding for participants:

Why join?

Joining the Innovation Challenge will increase the chance of success for your idea. Once you sign up, you will get access to our online platforms where you can share your ideas, find team members, or join other teams. You can read our research briefs to get a better understanding of the problems that the groups we focus on face.

You will be supported throughout the idea development process by our mentors. You will also get access to our educational content, our network of partners, and feedback sessions with frontline experts who can validate your idea.

By the end of each challenge, the most promising ideas will be selected to be brought to life with our partners. Depending on the challenge you participate in, this means funding, ongoing coaching, and/or access to their network.

If you don’t have an idea and simply want to donate your skills, you can join projects from other people in the community.

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