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The Smart Connection Challenge
In the latest version of our Innovation Challenge, The DO School and Telekom Electronic Beats will bring together 20 talented young people from around the world to create compelling new ways of fostering meaningful connections through music and engagement with lifestyle products. Participants will get the opportunity to create music and lifestyle experiences that address the needs and aspirations of millennials.

What’s the challenge?
Young people all around the world use digital technology to express themselves and exchange ideas on a vast array of topics. Recent advances in this technology offer great potential to do so despite differences in time and location. The Smart Connection Challenge invites participants from around the world to find new ways of using technology to improve the quality of these connections. Through these efforts, the goal is to enrich the existing music & lifestyle program “Telekom Electronic Beats (TEB)” for exponential growth. Over the four-week program, participants will be guided through a process of finding new nodes of connection that resonate with young people.

What do you get?
You will join a global community of purposeful DOers and get the opportunity to learn and put into practice the DO School Method, an award-winning, tested innovation approach that equips you put your ideas into action, both quickly and effectively. You will be exposed to a network of international experts and make lifelong connections with like-minded peers who share your passion. Furthermore, the challenge provides the opportunity to take a real-life innovation from the idea phase into the implementation phase – selected products will be piloted in Europe, where Telekom Electronic Beats already has an expansive market presence.

Programme structure

Who should apply?
Applications are open to those over 18 who have demonstrated a pioneering, creative spirit in fields such as – but not limited to – music, design, social entrepreneurship, technology, activism, journalism, education and/or the arts.

As one of the global capitals of music and lifestyle, Berlin is the ideal host city for the program. Participants will be exposed to the German capital’s insatiable appetite for fresh and provocative expressions. The program takes place at The DO School campus, conveniently located at the heart of the city.

Program start: June 18, 2018.
Program end: July 13, 2018

Application period
The deadline has been extended to April 22 for candidates from Eastern Europe.

Selected participants will receive a full scholarship covering tuition as well as travel cost to and from Berlin and local accommodation for the program duration. We might offer support in covering meals and local transport in extraordinary circumstances for successful applicants who would otherwise not be able to join the program.

Apply now!
Application start
Mar 9, 2019
Application deadline
Apr 22, 2019 23:59
Europe/Berlin time

We are extending the application for Eastern European candidates until 22 April.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States