Innovating for a Sustainable Post-Pandemic World

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from 06/07/2020 until 31/07/2020

WHAT? The Open Seventeen (O17) Summer Challenge is a prize-backed fully online coaching programme to reward and invest in those developing innovative and implementable projects that leverage crowdsourcing and open source solutions to tackle the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2020, the O17 Summer Challenge targets the Covid health crisis and the social, environmental and economic challenges that the world will face in its aftermath. WHY? All accepted participants receive intensive mentoring and coaching to help transform their ideas into impactful projects, and become part of a global community of civic innovators. On successful completion of each week of the O17 Summer Challenge, teams will be selected for cash or in-kind prizes. Top projects at the end of the month will be eligible for further support and participation in international innovation events. WHO? The competition is open to high-school students, undergraduate students and Master students, from any field and region, who have bold ideas for how to tackle pandemic and post-pandemic challenges with crowdsourcing and open source solutions. Students may sign up as individuals or as a team (max 4 persons). Partnering Universities : University of Geneva, University of Paris, Politecnico di Milano, University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, New York University, Tsinghua University. Supported by: the EC Horizon 2020 project Crowd4SDG and the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative. WHEN? Application Deadline is 10 June 2020. Online coaching will take place in daily 2-hour interactive sessions, from 6-31 July 2020. In addition to the coaching, participants will be expected to work on their projects. Coaching will include guest experts from partnering universities and International Organizations (exact dates/times of sessions will be communicated to successful applicants).


The Open Seventeen Summer Challenge from 6-31 July coaches teams of high-school, undergraduate and master students from all fields of study. The focus of this online month-long event is on achieving real-world impact while learning about crowdsourcing and citizen science methodologies. Specific challenges include frugal medical equipment, crowdsourced health research, post-pandemic environmental sustainability, tackling unemployment, helping the elderly and reinventing remote collaboration.

Needed equipment

For the first challenge only: access to a Fablab is required

Created June 22, 2021, 3:07 p.m.

Updated June 22, 2021, 3:07 p.m.

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