Participants at an Idélab seek to find radical new solutions to existing and future challenges to society.
The idélab initiative is designed to develop ground-breaking research and innovation projects. Over a period of five intense days, a group of cross-disciplinary participants exchanges ideas, reconceives the world from new perspectives that challenge current perspectives.
The event will provide an unconventional arena for experts from a variety of backgrounds to meet and unleash new ideas, ideas supporting sustainable cities based on the interaction between nature, technology, infrastructure and humans.
It is the individuals – not the institutions – who are the key actors at an Idélab event. Somewhere between 25 and 30 specially selected participants from a variety of fields convene for an intensive week of work.
Project ideas are developed in cooperation with mentors, who are senior-level experts in their fields, as well as other specialists. The mentors ensure that the projects involve ground-breaking ideas that challenge traditional solutions.
The best projects will receive a funding pledge at the end of the event. The projects are guaranteed funding provided they submit a detailed project description within eight weeks.
The Idélab concept is inspired by a method developed in the UK, known as a ‘sandpit’. The UK Research Councils have used this method more than 60 times in the past 10 years with great success.