D’source Corona Design Challenge: (Third Round – DCDC 3.0)

Third round entries till 15 August 2020

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D'source Corona Design Challenge – IDC IIT Powai
D'source Corona Design Challenge – IDC IIT Powai

The Corona Virus pandemic, although unfortunate and calamitous in its occurrence, has also thrown open opportunities for the design community to play a meaningful role in mitigating and containing its effects. While the problem is a universal one, framing the problem for designing may require both global as well as local sensibilities.

Against this broad, calamitous yet reflective context we need you to brainstorm and look for opportunities where design can now make a difference to a grave real-life threat.

We, therefore, welcome you for the third time D’source Corona Design Challenge (DCDC 3.0) in seeking creative, innovative, out-of-the-box, resourceful, appropriate solutions. Because there seems no better time than now to use your creative energies and come out with solution(s) that might become a contribution of immense benefit in a real-world situation that is today crying for problem-solving.

Our intention is to make these solutions available on an open design platform for the maximum benefit of people.

The chosen entries will be generously felicitated with accolades. The chosen entries will also be made available as part of our open design initiative, free to download. In this regard, we will follow the protocols of Creative Commons.

This International call is open to students, fresh graduates, and young designers from around the world. You may work as individuals or work as collaborative groups.

You are also encouraged to follow a design process in solving a problem, as well as seek guidance from faculty members and professionals because we recognize that it takes collective endeavor to come out with something meaningful.

For the D’source Corona Design Challenge, nine design problem areas have been identified. You may choose to work on one or more than one area.

Additionally, you have a choice of identifying your own design problem area outside of the nine listed areas to work with.

Accordingly, we request the following groups to work as stakeholders with your community of young students, fresh graduates, and young designers, by extending your help in whatever way possible.

Results of First and Second Round

Registration:
To faculty members/teachers, we request that you take the initiative to inform, motivate and guide your students to work on finding solutions by addressing the problem areas listed.

Link to Registration: To all working professionals, we request that you volunteer some of your time to mentor students or young designers who may be working with you as interns or colleagues.

Accordingly, we also urge faculty members and professionals to go ahead and register so that we can keep you in the loop and acknowledge your help. Further, this will help us build connections and form networks for future references.

Schedule:
The first cut-off date for submission: 15th August 2020
Announcement of results: 31st August 2020

Contact Details: D’source Corona Design Challenge
IDC School of Design
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076, India.
Phone Number (after the lock-out period in Mumbai) +91-022-2576 7820
Do contact us by email for any queries: DsourceChallenge@gmail.com

Webspace:
Webspace with details: https://dsourcechallenge.org/

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