DO EMPATHY – Challenge

Postponed to 4.–6.9.2020

A three-day challenge focused on co-creating empathic solutions and reducing hate speech in society.

The challenge brings together passionate people from diverse backgrounds and provides them with the tools to make a real difference. The solutions can be anything from social media campaigns, apps and events to products, business ideas and scalable brand concepts. 

The chosen participants will take part in facilitated workshops and have access to tailored mentoring from experts over the weekend on 4-6 September. The weekend culminates with every team pitching their concepts and solutions to the judges.

THEME 1 / Real Talk

[real talk]

“A term used for talking about things that are profound or meaningful. The philosophy of talking openly and honestly without fear of what others might think.”

The Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (Vikes) challenges you to create real and honest discussions about culture and identity on social media. The goal is to develop concepts that build equal and constructive dialogue online. How do we create a platform where people from diverse backgrounds can have a sense of belonging?

THEME 2 / Empathic Communities


“An interacting population of like-minded individuals, affecting the identity of the given members and also their cohesiveness.”

People are meant to connect: with others, nature, places, animals… you name it. Together with the Finnish Refugee Council’s Empathy Movement we want to encourage everyone to increase empathy in our everyday lives. How do we build empathic communities, where anyone and everyone can feel welcomed? What kind of communities do we want to see in the future?


A dream come true.

Tailored mentoring, guidance and new contacts – In short, Do Empathy will provide you with everything you need to develop an impactful idea that could take us towards a more empathic world. We want you to succeed, the rest is up to you.

An inspiring weekend.

New friends, an amazing experience and a lot of food for thought. To enable intensive creating, the teams are also provided with drinks and food as well as access to working facilities.

A chance.

This is a challenge with no traditional prizes. Instead, the teams will have the chance to further improve their ideas and possibly turn them into reality with the help of Vikes and Pakolaisapu.


Apply on your own, with a friend or as a team by 26 August 2020. Just fill in the form below and we’ll get back to you after the application period ends.

The participants will be chosen based on their motivation and enthusiasm as well as competence and expertise relevant to the themes of the challenge.

The program language is English.

P.S. All applications already submitted before the rescheduling will be taken into account for the postponed dates. We will contact all the applicants personally.


Application period starts
Application deadline
Accepted applicants are informed at the latest
FRI 4.9. (16-21)
Opening workshop
SAT 5.9. (9-18)
Workshops, mentoring & pitch training
SUN 6.9. (9-14)
Finishing touches
SUN 6.9. (14-18)