Tanween Challenges

Unleash your inner innovator and challenge your creativity by taking on a Tanween Challenge! Tanween Challenges is a 6-day competition that offers a unique opportunity for designers across all disciplines to tackle real-world problems. 80 shortlisted designers from all over the MENA region will get the opportunity to craft original, practical solutions within tight timeframes and limited resources. Each of the 4 challenges welcomes 20 participants (individuals or in teams) to put their creative skill sets to the test. Supported by challenge partners, and a supplementary program of workshops and talks, participants will have the tools to tackle their challenge briefs and propose a solution. One winning project from each challenge will be selected for commercial production by our Production Partners.

 

This year, the Tanween Challenges embrace a life-centered approach that goes beyond human-centric designs, aiming to harmonize human activities with the planet's biodiversity in an era marked by overproduction, technological advances alongside growing inequalities, and urban expansion at the expense of nature. With this collective vision, we advocate for solutions that nurture all forms of life, supported by a cross-disciplinary blend of expertise to tackle these complex issues courageously and innovatively.


 

Challenge Outcomes 

Gain knowledge

Participants will join a journey of collaborative innovation across various industries. Each challenge will welcome 20 participants to transform their ideas into tangible products with the help of challenge partners, a supporting program of workshops, and expert guidance.

Gain knowledge

See your idea come to life

Beyond the one-week challenge, the Tanween journey extends through a comprehensive production phase, culminating in real-world applications that contribute positively to society and our planet.

See your idea come to life

Collaborate with production partners

The challenges not only foster professional growth and networking but also connect talented individuals with institutions and potential professional paths. Participants have the chance to witness their projects’ full execution until they enter the market, gaining financial returns, and ensuring our shared legacy is marked by wisdom, compassion, and stewardship for the Earth.

Collaborate with production partners

Timeline

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Registration opens: June 6, 2024

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Registration closes: July 7, 2024

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Challenges start: July 15, 2024

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Challenges end: July 20, 2024

2024 Challenges

Graphic Design Challenge Graphic Design Challenge

Graphic Design Challenge

15th July 2024

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM · 5 hrs

18+

English

Museum - Gallery 2

Furniture Design Challenge Furniture Design Challenge

Furniture Design Challenge

15th July 2024

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM · 5 hrs

18+

English

Museum - Gallery 2

Fashion Design Challenge Fashion Design Challenge

Fashion Design Challenge

15th July 2024

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM · 5 hrs

18+

English

Museum - Gallery 2

Pavilion Design Challenge Pavilion Design Challenge

Pavilion Design Challenge

15th July 2024

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM · 5 hrs

18+

English

Museum - Gallery 2

2023 Winners

Bus Station Design Challenge

  • Ahmed Ezzat Awad
  • Fahad Khalid Almusabbih
  • Ali Hussain Alyami
  • Abdulrahman Omar Alshehri
Bus Station Design Challenge

Modular Furniture Design Challenge

  • Aseel Abdulsalam Alshuail
  • Raghad Abdullah Alaydi
Modular Furniture Design Challenge

Foldable Pavilion Design Challenge

  • Abdulqader Al Swaidan
  • Nawaf Al Ghamdi
  • Hayat Almousa
  • Lama Dardas
Foldable Pavilion Design Challenge

Child-Friendly City Design Challenge

  • Aiysha Saqer Alansari
  • Fatima Ameen
  • Khulood Ahmad
  • Reem Yousef Alhannoush
Child-Friendly City Design Challenge

Our Partners 

FAQs

What are the Tanween Challenges?

Each Tanween Challenge is a creative competition where participants work directly with experts to create a tangible outcome. The goal is to take an innovative idea and turn it into a real-world product.    

In 2024 there will be four Tanween Challenges exploring the creative and cultural industries:

  • Pavilion Design Challenge
  • Graphic Design Challenge
  • Furniture Design Challenge
  • Fashion Design Challenge  
     

Can I participate in more than one challenge?

No, the four challenges are scheduled in the same week. You will not be able to attend more than one challenge.

Can I participate with a previous idea I had and develop it during the challenge?

No. All ideas must be original and related to the objectives and goals of the challenge.

I study/work in a non-design field which means I have no professional experience as a designer, can I still join the challenge?

Yes, you don’t have to be a designer to join the challenges.

Are these challenges open for international participants?

Yes, MENA region residents are open to participating in the challenges.

Where do the challenges take place?

All challenges take place in the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

How can I pay for the challenge?

All challenges are free.

Can we join as a team?

Yes, although each team member will have to apply individually. 

What is the prize?

All winning projects will be presented during the Tanween event in November 2024. The selected projects will be produced by the production partner of the challenge.

I’ve registered for a challenge but I didn’t receive a confirmation email, what should I do?

The Ithra team is filtering all the applications; you will receive a confirmation email if you were selected.

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