From July 2022, libraries and communities that have been accepted to the Europe Challenge will form ‘challenge teams’.

The challenge teams work together to:

  • Address a specific issue or challenge
  •  Use creative problem solving to address their challenge
  • Experiment, test and refine their ideas

The challenge teams will use a ‘prototyping’ technique. This is a way to build solutions, so they can be tested before they are finished. Challenge teams build ‘prototypes’ of their solutions to make sure their solutions work well and are easy to put in place and affordable.

What’s the programme’s timetable of activities?
The programme runs for 12 months, from July to May. Work starts in July and ends with a presentation of everyone’s work in May the following year.


1 July 2022

Kick-off Europe Challange 2022

21 September 2022

Online learning summit 1

October 2022

Live meeting/s with participants of libraries and community representatives

23 November 2022

Online learning summit 2

January 2023

Live meeting/s with participants of libraries and community representatives

8 February 2023

Online learning summit 3

February - March 2023

Finalise prototype and impact

May 2023

Presentation of prototypes

The Europe Challenge is a learning-by-doing programme with a range of support provided to all successful entries. Including:

  • shared learning and exchange with other libraries and communities in different European contexts – both online and in person get-togethers (in-person meetings have a live programme of guests and working together with other challenge teams)
  • support from Democratic Society – expert in citizen engagement, collaborative design and innovation; with three online meetings for the entire programme to attend, the option to book one-to-one online meetings for specific advice on local challenge activities and a monthly check-in where you can come and meet the other Challenge Teams on the first Friday of every month
  • a set of downloadable tools providing methods and approaches to help challenge teams to work on their solutions
  • Additionally, some Challenge Teams will benefit from funding to prototype and solve your challenge (optional to apply for) of up to 10.000 EUR
  • a final Europe Challenge event that showcases prototypes on Europe Day, 9 May with the potential for future funds beyond the programme for growing or (further) implementing solutions.
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