VIRT-EU Design Challenge

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The VIRT-EU project invites working professionals in the field of design and technology to join the VIRT-EU Design Challenge hosted at ORGCon 2019 in London this July. Explore new ways of living together with technology, submit your ideas for how to use IoT to create a better world!

The Design Challenge has two rounds:

Round 1 – rolling until June 24th, 2019
Submit a prototype or concept (napkin sketch). Selected applicants from Round 1 are given beta tools to support their concept development.

Round 2 – deadline June 24th, 2019 (extended deadline)
Selected applicants are invited to submit full materials of a technical diagram, user storyboard, and a business plan.

Winner announcement on June 27th, 2019
On or before June 27th we will announce the finalists who will be invited to present their concept at the final VIRT-EU design challenge event as part of ORGCon on 13 July 2019 in London. The selected concepts will be the ones that best answer the Challenge question and have the most potential for impact.

See for details here:  

About the Design Challenge
by Irina Irina Shklovski

Living together in all our differences is part of our present and will shape our futures. We share our space, our information, and our devices in complex ways, even as we simply try to get through ordinary life. How might we use connected Internet of Things systems and products to re-imagine collaborative and communal living that is sensitive to differences between members of these living spaces? How might we design for supporting the infinite diversity of human social configurations?

We are seeking ideas about how to balance personalization, privacy, and the experience with the interests and preferences of different people who live together and apart. What kinds of creative interventions are possible using connected devices to provide for life together and apart as interconnected social beings, not only as individuals?

We invite you to come up with a concept in response to the design challenge brief. Beginning with July 3rd we invite interested participants to submit an initial concept. We will respond with feedback and provide access to our custom tools to support the last stage of concept development. June 24th is the final deadline for full concept development, including a technical diagram, user storyboard and business plan. We will announce finalists between June 24th and June 27th (depending on the number of submissions). These finalists will be invited to present their concepts as part of ORGCon 2019 on 13 July 2019 in London, which is organized by the Open Rights Group.

The winning team will receive a 1200 GBP reward plus one hour of 1-to-1 mentoring from an IoT industry leader. The runner-up team will receive a 750GBP reward plus one hour of 1-to-1 mentoring from an IoT industry leader.

For more information and to submit your concepts please see: