The Bridging Challenge

Integration and Innovation for refugees by refugees.

11/04/2016 - 29/04/2016
By the DO School Innovation Lab GmbH

The Challenge

Germany has a lot to offer in terms of jobs and training opportunities for refugees. Unfortunately, they’re often hard to access. Many refugees remain unaware of what German employers have to offer.

Siemens Stiftung and the DO School challenge talented and driven refugees to find innovative solutions to bridge the gap between German employers and refugees. During three weeks on campus in Berlin, 20 refugees from all over the globe will join forces with several experts to devise a new service or product to help make relevant offers from German employers more accessible.

This new service or product should make it easy for refugees to find the information and offers that are right for them. At the same time, the solution should also empower employers to present their offers in the most efficient way. The solution has to be scalable and transferable to other regions with a measurable structural result.

Beyond that, the participants will learn entrepreneurial and innovation skills that are guaranteed to help them in their endeavours beyond this challenge.

If you want to learn more about the Challenge, join our presentation in Berlin on Tuesday, March 1. Sign up on Facebook!

Innovation Program

The Bridging Challenge takes place within the frame of the Innovation Program. It’s a unique opportunity to hone skills in a real-life Challenge and to make a positive impact within communities. This is also a great opportunity for participants to connect with people who can make a real difference to their career path and future. This compact three-week program takes place at the DO School Berlin Campus with 20 participants and several experts.

The Challenger

Siemens Stiftung operates in the fields of basic services, education, and culture. As a hands-on foundation, it develops its own projects and implement them with a view to the long term. Together with its partners, Siemens Stiftung aims to help people improve their living conditions. By doing so, Siemens Stiftung tries to empower functioning communities in which people can have a good life. Siemens Stiftung is committed to international, impact-oriented, and transparent project work. 

Program & Daily Schedule

The Program offers knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to successfully solve the Challenge, a hands-on group task posed to each group of participants. The DO School Method is applied across a number of different teaching and facilitation sessions during the 3 weeks on campus. It enables the participants to create a concrete service or product as an answer to the group Challenge and teaches them how to turn an idea into action. 

A typical day starts at 10am and lasts until 6pm (Monday to Friday) with a one-hour lunch break. It can include anything from expert-led interactive workshops to creative group work sessions. 

Who can apply?

Refugees of all nationalities in Berlin-Brandenburg…

  • …ideally with an Aufenthaltsgestattung of 1 year that is valid for at least another 6 months

  • …whose English is good enough to participate in an intense learning and innovation experience

  • …who are driven and ambitious to create positive change

  • …who have experience in fields such as communications, teaching, design, storytelling, digital etc…

Application process

Complete the applications through our online application form.

Step 1

Create a user account . You will receive an email with a link. Click on this link to activate your account. If you do not receive this email within a few minutes, please check your spam folder.

Step 2

Complete all three required parts of the online DO School application form. You will be asked to fill in personal information, answer application questions, and agree to the conditions of application. To save your work and return to it at another time, click the “save” button. 

Step 3

Submit your application. Once the status of all three parts is complete, you can click the “Submit Your Application” button. Please note that you cannot make any changes to your application after your submission. No late submissions will be accepted. Successful submission will be confirmed by a screen saying: “Your application has been submitted”.

After you apply

We will be in touch with you after the application deadline. If your application passes the first selection round, you will be invited for an interview at the DO School Campus for the second round. All applicants will be notified, whether successful or not.

Tuition fee

Participation in the program is covered by Siemens Stiftung.

In case there’re schedule conflicts with your German class, let us know during the application process so that we can find a solution. 

If you want to apply to the program, please write an email to our Admission Team: admissions@thedoschool.org