PLANETA – Challenge

9.–29.5.2020

PlanetA is a three-week online challenge focused on co-creating solutions to live on this planet more sustainably. The challenge revolves around two main themes: finding solutions for environmental education and limited resources.

This challenge brings together passionate people from diverse backgrounds and provides them with the tools to make a real difference. The final solution can be any kind of business idea that provides a positive environmental impact. It can be a product, an app or a service – you name it.

The chosen participants will take part in facilitated workshops and have access to tailored mentoring from experts in an online environment. The challenge consists of kick-off weekend, 6 workshops and a final where teams will work on their final pitches and present them to the judges. The winning team will receive 500 € for developing their ideas to action. We will provide an opportunity for the teams to get mentoring from specialists of Helsinki Think Company after the program. The whole challenge will take place on Zoom and Slack so you can participate wherever you are.

THEME 1 / Limited resources

We live on a planet with limited amounts of resources which many of them are non renewable. For years humans have lived beyond their means and as we know, the consequences of this human act can be fatal in the long run. If we want to keep our planet viable we need to create more sustainable ways to live on this planet. 

How to make limited resources circle as effectively as possible? How to minimize social differences in a world where not everyone can spend as much as they would like? And who gets to decide who is left with the most resources and who isn’t? How to consume in a way that it doesn’t impact the biodiversity? With this challenge we aim to gain solutions to these kinds of problems.

THEME 2 / Environmental education

Environmental education plays a huge role in tackling the climate change. It is an act that aims to shape our behaviour to more sustainable direction by providing knowledge and the right tools. 

We believe that knowledge leads to actions and we want to provide people with the correct information on the matter. Anyone can benefit from learning about environmental matters and the educator can be almost any organisation. Which target group would you like to educate and how?

What is in it for the participants?

A chance to play your part in tackling the climate crisis

The goal of this challenge is to create solutions that can actually be put to action. We will provide tailored mentoring, guidance and new contacts so you will have everything you need to make an positive environmental impact. We believe that action is the best way to make a change and hopefully it will reduce your eco-anxiety as well.

An inspiring experience

You will gain new friends, an empowering experience and a lot of food for thought. Since the challenge is held online, you will learn how to work in a new environment. We want to provide the opportunity to make a change even in an exceptional situation like this.

Learning experience

Do you want to learn how you could do your part in hacking the climate crisis? With this challenge you will be able to utilize knowledge from your studies into action. On top of that you will also learn a lot from our experts. You will be left with an idea on how to work towards a more sustainable world in your own field of study.

How to apply?

Apply by 6 May 2020 by filling in the form below. We will get back to each applicant after the application period has ended. We will choose the participants based on their motivation and eagerness for this challenge. The program is held in English.

TIMELINE

20.4.
Application period starts
6.5.
Application deadline
7.5.
Accepted applicants are informed
SAT 9.5. (10-13)
Kick-off workshop
SUN 10.5. (11-13)
Kick-off workshop II: Define the solution
MON 11.5. (17-19)
Theme workshop I
WED 13.5. (17-19)
Lean canvas
MON 18.5. (17-19)
Theme workshop II
WED 20.5. (17-19)
Storytelling & branding
MON 25.5. (17-19)
Pitching
WED 27.5. (17-19)
Final prep
FRI 29.5. (16-20)
FINAL