We challenge the innovative minds around the globe to design a marketplace with an operational plan for a vulnerable population (adolescents, single mothers, people with trauma, etc) in one of the refugee settlements in Kenya, Jordan and Germany.

Refugee livelihoods in transitional settlements have become a crucial topic in contemporary geopolitical relations.

Most inhabitants in refugee settlements rely on humanitarian aid and cannot fully exercise their agency and skill sets. A marketplace can become an embodiment of dignity and resilience that respects refugee inhabitants’ autonomy, creativity and capability. Through trading activities, refugee inhabitants can connect with the world and future beyond the settlements.

Specific requirements, objectives, deliverables and evaluation criteria can be found in the Brief above. 


Total: $30,000

1 Overall Winning Team  $3,000

One overall winning team will be selected at the final symposium and rewarded an additional $3,000.

3 Winning Teams  $7,000 Per Team

Each winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $3,000, and round trip flight tickets and accommodation in New York City worth $4,000 per team (maximum 2 people per team). Winning teams will participate in an immersive 24-hour workshop, and present their proposals at a symposium to policy makers, architects, academics, NGOs, and philanthropists.

6 Honorable Mentions $1,000 Per Team

* All awarded proposals will be presented to a group of related humanitarian organizations and philanthropies with credits to participants.


Registration (rolling basis): Nov. 14, 2017 11:59 PM EST - Feb. 1, 2018 11:59 PM EST

$30 early (Nov 14 - Dec 3, 2017)
$50 regular (Dec 4 - Dec 31, 2017)
$70 late (Jan 1 - Feb 1, 2018)

Submission : Dec. 3, 2017 11:59 PM EST - Feb. 1, 2018 11:59 PM EST

Symposium: Apr. 7, 2018

2018 Jury - To Be Announced

2017 Jury

During the competition participants can leave a message or send an email to IDeA in order to help them better understand certain aspects of the project or any unspecified details. If registered, please always include your confirmation number in the Subject. Questions will then be posted and answered on the competition FAQ webpage in order to ensure that all participants have access to the same information. 

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