Climate:RED Innovation Competition

The Red Cross and Red Crescent will be running Climate:RED, a fully virtual climate change summit on 9 – 10 September 2020.

Climate change affects everyone, everywhere. Therefore, we will hold a summit where no country or person is excluded. This will be a summit with no flights. We will accommodate all time zones, and it will run for 30 consecutive hours, so no one will miss out.

As part of this climate change conference, we are launching a Climate:RED Innovation competition, where staff, volunteers and youth from National Societies around the world will be able to submit innovative ideas for climate initiatives.


Climate:RED Innovations

The Climate:RED Innovation competition calls for creative, innovative ideas and ventures addressing climate change related issues from within the Red Cross Red Crescent global network.

The innovations submitted for the competition will address the Climate:RED’s themes listed in the Summit’s website.

A panel of experts will select some of the most innovative ideas to be pitched live during the Climate:RED Summit, where the winners and a crowd favourite will be selected. The most innovative ideas will win funding to help implement the idea.

Eligibility & submission

The Climate:RED Innovation competition is open for staff, volunteers and youth of the Red Cross and Red Crescent globally. There will be two categories:

  1. General, open for all volunteers and staff members of a National Society of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
  2. Youth, open for young people aged up to 30 years old from a National Society of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, either as a volunteer or staff member. In this category, we are calling for ideas that could especially engage and empower young people to connect and take action.

Ideas can be submitted by both individuals and groups of any size. While individual entries are permitted, teamwork is encouraged.

The number of entries from the same innovator / group is not limited, but all ideas need to be submitted separately.

Submission can be done in any form (written, presentation, video, mixed & multimedia and so one). Participants are encouraged to communicate their ideas clearly, concisely and creatively.

Submissions are accepted in all four IFRC official languages: English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

When submitting ideas, innovators are encouraged to 

  • explore emerging issues, upcoming trends and local solutions to global climate change related issues
  • aim to inspire action and drive change
  • show creativity and innovative spirit already in the format of the submission
  • while also ensuring that if chosen as the winner, the idea is possible to deliver.

All innovations must be submitted by email to [email protected] before 11:59 pm CET on 26th of July. By submitting an idea the participants also give permission to Solferino Academy to publish their entry publicly. Participants should also have the support of their National Society to submit an application.

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