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4 week innovation program in fashion & tech in Berlin
Application deadline: April 28th 2019
Join a 4-week innovation program and co-create innovative ways of empowering and connecting communities through fashion and technology
The Connected Fashion Challenge
As fashion and technology increasingly join forces, new worlds of connection and experience open up for customers and fashion lovers across the globe. In our next Innovation Challenge, we want to invite you to be part of this exciting development. In partnership with a leading global fashion brand, the DO School will bring together 20 people from around the world to co-create a fashion collection that uses wearable technologies to empower and connect communities in exciting new ways.
What’s the challenge?
Fashion trends are moving at an unprecedented speed. At the same time, wearable technologies are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and widespread. Against this backdrop, clothes are not just practical items or fashion statements we buy - they can literally connect us with others and the broader world, and fashion can become an even more empowering experience. Together, fashion and technology have the power to innovate, empower and connect!
You can be at the forefront of this development. The Connected Fashion Challenge invites participants from all backgrounds, cultures and communities to come together, ideate, exchange with peers, and ultimately co-create an edgy new collection that fosters meaningful connections and places our partner at the vanguard of a new kind of fashion.
Over the four-week program, you will be guided through an innovation process, from ideation to implementation, with the goal of producing a concrete result: a collection that integrates wearable technologies into fashion and thereby empowers and connects communities in exciting new ways. All this in one of the most vibrant European capitals, Berlin, surrounded by dynamic individuals from across the globe, industries and experiences.
What you get
You will join a global community of purposeful DOers and innovators and have the opportunity to learn and execute the DO School Method, a tried and tested innovation process that equips you to put your ideas into action, quickly and effectively. You will be exposed to a network of international experts and make lifelong connections with like-minded peers who share your passion. Furthermore, the challenge gives you the chance to take a real-life innovation from the idea phase into the implementation phase - after the program, the collection you create as a group will go into production.
The DO School
The DO School is the cornerstone of a global movement of purposeful doing. Founded in 2014 by social entrepreneurs, Florian Hoffmann and Katherin Kirschenmann, we are a multinational team of passionate individuals. From our offices in Berlin, Hamburg, New York and Hong Kong, we run various programs and engagements in over 27 countries for participants from over 100 nations. Over the course of our history, our engagements have given rise to hundreds of new products and services, across multiple industries, impacting more than 4 million lives.
Our partner is a global fashion and design group with thousands of stores in more than 70 markets and a strong online presence.
Who should apply?
We look forward to applications from anyone who has demonstrated a pioneering, creative spirit in fields such as - but not limited to - fashion, IT / technology, marketing, social media, community, psychology, design, innovation, entrepreneurship, business, retail.
As one of the global capitals of innovation and lifestyle, Berlin is the ideal host city for the program. Participants will be exposed to the German capital’s insatiable appetite for fresh and provocative expressions. The program takes place at The DO School campus, conveniently located at the heart of the city.
3 June 2019 - 28 June 2019
First deadline: 24 March 2019 (visa candidates must submit their application by this deadline)
Final deadline: April 28, 2019 (open only to non-visa candidates)
To increase your chances of securing a slot for participation you are highly encouraged to submit your application at the first deadline.
Participants will receive a full scholarship covering tuition, travel cost to and from Berlin, as well as local accommodation for the program duration. Limited needs-based stipends are available.