With the acceleration of climate change and increased pressure on our planet’s natural resources, raising awareness and innovating around environmental sustainability has never been more urgent. Design in Action’s latest Chiasma event gives designers, technologists and businesses the chance to come together and create real solutions with the potential of gaining up to £20k developmental funding.
More consumers now than ever before have direct experience of climate change and the pressures on the natural environment. They are calling for better protection against flooding, wise use and re-use of natural or local assets and food security.
To help address these issues, we see innovative technologies, services, models and incentives emerging e.g. in lifecycle management and the circular economy or in open data for energy, agriculture and transport. There are also innovation opportunities for supporting consumer values by removing barriers (such as conflicting attitudes and responsibilities, lack of time, trust or space) for pro environmental action.
Chiasma provides an opportunity for rural businesses, entrepreneurs and retailers to converge with designers, technologists and academics to identify and create potential solutions to support climate action for rural Scotland.
Closing Date for Applications: 5pm, Mon 1st Sep 2014
£20k Innovation Event – ‘Sustaining Rural Scotland’ Chiasma
21 – 23 October 2014, New Lanark