The objective of Snjallræði: Startup Social is to provide individuals, NGOs and companies with a platform to develop their ideas and find ways to make them sustainable. The ideas must have a clear and positive social impact and support one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. We are open to all ideas in all stages, from fresh thoughts to developed projects and businesses.
Startup Social uses an integrative systems-approach to seed long-term, structural transformation of political, economic, ecological and social systems. We invite innovators, institutional partners, and interested stakeholders to join us in defining a grounded approach to innovation – one that fosters ideas that advance equitable and regenerative world(s) in Iceland, and beyond.
In order to do that we have lined up with experts from MIT designX in Boston who will work closely with the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University, the University of the Arts, Icelandic Startups and Höfði Reykjavík Peace centre in creating an ambitious social innovation programme, bringing innovators and institutional partners on a design journey. These modules will structure the five core weeks of the program:
The Startup Social team is guided by the following workshop principles:
These principles guide a unique approach to social innovation.
Kate Mytty is a researcher, urban planner and artist focused on strategies for equitable cities. She focuses on strategies for alternative economies, how identity shapes access, and opportunities for social cohesion. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the MIT Center for Real Estate; co-founder of MIT Create an action-based lab for social equity, and Community Transformation Lead at Build Up. She also teaches at MIT D-Lab.
Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer focused on the opportunities and challenges of civic innovation. Matthew has been published widely in the fields of architecture, scientometrics, technology, and art, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow. He co-founded designX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates student ventures in design-innovation for the built environment.
Applications for Startup Social will open in August 2019 and the application form will be made available here.
Your project idea will be evaluated based on three key criteria:
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