Come up with an innovative approach or concept that empowers consumers to improve the air quality in their living spaces and work
together with the major brand tesa to make your ideas reality!

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Status Quo

Today we are exposed to increasing health threats and rising air pollution. This becomes evident in rising emissions, exhaust gases or fine dust, continues with mold infestation or house dust pollution, and has recently gotten particularly evident in the Covid-19 pandemic with viruses.

Air quality and the impact of atmospheric pollution are a major issue today for public health and quality of life: according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 7 million premature deaths worldwide are reportedly due to air pollution, of which around 3.8 million are attributed to indoor air pollution in homes.

Studies have shown that indoor air in buildings can be 5 to 8 times more polluted than outdoor air, with air pollution coming from a variety of sources and including a wide range of gases, chemicals, and other substances.

The Challenge

Especially in your own home it is therefore important to create a safe space where you can live calmly and without fear of invisible dangers. Less air pollutants at home means living healthier and having a better life quality:
It is essential to adequately prevent increasing dangers, identify them at an early stage and, if the worst comes to the worst, take consistent action against them.Thus the central question for this challenge is: How can air pollution in our living spaces be detected, prevented and/or eliminated efficiently to make one’s home a safer space?
Remember that indoor air pollutants can be generated at home or can enter the living space from the outside through open spaces!


To get a better understanding on the routes you can take, we developed the following tracks. More detailed information and inspiration can be found in the details tab. More guiding and inspirational content and key questions can be found in the submission tab.


What technologies, products or solutions can help you to protect yourself against invisible airborne dangers at home and can make you feel safer in your living environment?
Develop innovative approaches that either prevent outdoor air pollutants from entering the living space or that prevent indoor pollutants to become airborne!


How can we enable people to detect air pollutants in closed spaces as early and as fast as possible?
Come up with new approaches to innovate the way one can identify harmful substances at home!


How can we eliminate air pollutants and/or its sources in closed spaces?
Develop innovative approaches to remove air pollutants like emissions, fine and ultrafine particles, dust, mold or viruses at home!

Inform, Educate & Empower

Which technologies and/or products can help to inform and educate people about often invisible and unknown dangers and how to detect/ remove or prevent these within closed spaces more effectively? How can people be empowered to act against these threats?

Inform, Educate & Empower

Which technologies and/or products can help to inform and educate people about often invisible and unknown dangers and how to detect/ remove or prevent these within closed spaces more effectively? How can people be empowered to act against these threats?


To summarize: No matter if you are a student, a researcher, a new team, or a startup: Until the 06th of April, your task is to come up with an innovative approach tackling one of the tracks and making your home a safe space again!

Qualification-phase: until the 06th of April 2021

With the start of the challenge, you have time until the 06th of March 2021 11:59 pm CET to work on and submit your ideas, concepts and sketches via our online platform.

During this period, you can decide to either fight alone, build a team, or find partners/potential team members through our platform. Find more information in our How-to tab.

In order to best support you in your idea generation, we also offer you two free and optional Design Thinking workshops throughout the qualification phase, where we provide you with Design Thinking methods and also connect you with other interested parties from all over the world.

The following are the workshop dates:

Thu. February 25, 2021 // 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CET

Fri. 14 April 2021 // 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CET

Interview phase: 26th and 27th of April 2021

The best 8 teams will enter the interview phase of the Challenge. In this phase, you will be able to answer open questions and make the legal arrangements if necessary, in a joint discussion with tesa.

All participants will be notified via Email latest at the 14th of April 2021.

Calling the finalists: by the 29th of April 2021

Latest at this date, tesa will have decided which participants will reach the elaboration phase of the challenge. A maximum of 6 teams will be selected.

Elaboration-phase: 29th of April till the 07th of June 2021

Based on concrete Feedback from tesa, you will get the chance to develop your approach to a more detailed solution or even a first prototype.  You have time to do so and submit your solution via our platform until 11:59 pm CET on the 07th of June 2021.

Announcement of the Winners: 11th of June 2021

To conclude the Challenge, tesa will announce the winners. In addition a total of €7,.500 in prize money is shared among the best three teams.


At the end of the Challenge tesa offers multiple attractive prizes for the winners which vary in range, based on the type of solution offered. 

Winners should not go out without a prize. Therefore, a total of prize money of €7,500 will be distributed. This is divided between the top three teams or participants as follows:

·        1st Place: 4,000 Euros

·        2nd Place: 2,500 Euros

·        3rd Place: 1,000 Euros

Furthermore, there will be more great opportunities at the end of the challenge! Based on your approach and your status, there are different possible further cooperation models:

For students and researchers, there are great job opportunities or cooperation models that could be utilized to further exploit your project together at tesa.

For researchers and startups there are (research-) collaborations or other partnerships.