On 12th February we were in Valencia to celebrate the launch of the 2020 European Social Innovation Competition with a very special event at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. Photos from the event can be found here.
The event brought together key stakeholders in the fields of fashion, sustainability and social innovation, as well as potential applicants, to raise awareness of the goals of the competition in shaping the fashion industry for the better and to inspire attendees to apply. Valencia was chosen as the location for the launch thanks to its emerging circular economy cluster and commitment to sustainability.
The day started with a speech from Milosz Momot, Deputy Head of Unit, Tourism, Textiles and Creative Industries, DG GROW, EU Commission, who introduced the competition and discussed the importance and relevance of the Reimagine Fashion topic. He also remembered the inspiration behind the competition, Portuguese social innovator Diogo Vasconcelos. Diogo focused on fostering innovation to address some of the great societal challenges of our time.
After a speech from Federica Massa Saluzzo, Professor at EADA Business School and Competition Judge, the event broke out into a series of workshops around social innovation and sustainable fashion.
The workshops included:
- Reimagine the lifecycle of fashion products – by Peterson Stoop – Jarah Stoop, co-founder of Peterson Stoop, explained the process behind her sustainable fashion brand that gives new life to worn shoes.
- Reimagine solutions for a more sustainable production – by Framiore – Kateryna Kovalchuk explained the brand’s guiding principles in offering clothing that will last for years at a reasonable price and with transparent production processes.
- The RECOVER way for sustainable textile consumption – by Recover – Francisco Salas-Molina of Recover explored ways to make textile consumption more sustainable.
- Design thinking and Gamification within Social Innovation by Jovesolides – Alicia Carpio Obré explored how new forms of creation and design can better face the new social challenges of society.
- Problems and Solutions surrounding the fashion industry – Open workshop focusing on real thematic problems and explore solutions – by Nesta Challenges – Participants were guided through a developmental canvas, encouraging them to explore real thematic issues and to shape their ideas more concretely.
- Application Clinic – Members of the organising team were available to help answer any possible questions about participating in the competition
Finally, the day drew to a close with a very motivating speech from Valeria Valotto, Vice President of Quid, and winner of the 2014 edition of the Competition. It’s always great to hear what our alumni are up to and fantastic to see Quid’s exciting progression since winning the competition. “Limits are starting points,” she said. “Transform the limits you see into the starting point for something that is yet to be seen! And enjoy the journey!”
Entries to this year’s competition close on 4th March 2020.