Entries for the Summer labs are closed

This page contains the selection criteria, selection process and terms & conditions for The Spindle Summer Labs 2018.

Entries for The Summer Labs are closed since the 31th of May. We no longer accept new applications!

Here you can read more about the criteria for the selection and check out the timeline towards Partos Innovation Festival on October 11.

The ideas should tackle a specific problem related to one of the four Spindle themes. Your idea does not have to disrupt and change the whole world, but we ask for you to be dedicated towards the solution of a problem within development and that end users will see as an improvement. An idea for The Spindle Summer Labs could be a lot of things: a new project or programme, a policy that lets NGOs do their work more effectively, an application that brings together data or people, or a new process that facilitates support staff. It could be a service in disaster areas, a product that empowers people that are in some way excluded, or even a new approach to a political or scientific discussion. Read more about what an idea could look like here in this blog post.


While selecting the 10 best ideas of 2018, the jury will focus on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance: to one or more of The Spindle themes
  2.  A clear problem: the idea contributes to a clear problem or need in the world of development cooperation and NGOs.
  3. Originality: How original is your idea? Does your idea provide a distinctive, new solution to development cooperation?
  4. Impact: How big is the impact you can create with your idea?
  5. Sustainability: how (financially) sustainable is your idea? If it isn’t sustainable yet, we will explore potential ways of future sustainability.
  6. Scalability: How and to which extent can we scale it up?
  7. Appeal: Can you make people enthusiastic about your idea?
  8. Team: You don’t necessarily need to have the perfect team in place, but is your team committed? How are you connected to organisations that can bring your idea further? Do you have solid knowledge and experience in the context of the idea? And are you open to new approaches and new collaborations?


Entries for The Summer Labs are closed
Since the 31th of May, the call for ideas is closed. We no longer accept new applications!

More information
Click here for our Terms & Conditions Best Idea 2018. (Note: travel costs are at your own expense!) If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact us through info@thespindle.org. We are more than happy to help you!


Subscription form Summer Labs and Best Idea Award 2018

Before you apply, make sure you've read challenge's process and criteria. Deadline for submission: May 31st, 2018. Thanks for participating, we'll be in touch!
  • Your team consists of minimal 2 and maximal 4 persons. In case you're not sure yet who will join you, please leave this field blank.
  • We use this entry field in creating your personal project page. For an example of a project page, follow this link: http://thespindle.org/project/school-for-justice/
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, png, jpeg.
    We would like to showcase your idea on TheSpindle.org as a contestant for The Spindle Best Idea award. Please add two matching images to your idea, in high resolution with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Please avoid images with text!
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, png, jpeg.
    We would like to show a picture of you and (if applicable) your team member.
    Please note that travel arrangements to The Netherlands are not provided. You can only participate if you are based in The Netherlands during the summer.

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