Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth 2019 Summer of Solutions


Application Deadline: 30 July 2019

UNAI is proud to announce the launch of the “Summer of Solutions” – a call for applications from young people around the world to create innovative technology-based solutions to global challenges.

This is a new initiative launched by the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, in partnership with the United Nations Technology and Innovation Labs, and the United Nations Development Programme.

The 2019 #SummerOfSolutions aims to solve the following climate challenges:

1.     #OpenCI Platform Challenge:
develop an information systems solution that can serve as a platform to
enhance the access of localized climate and market
information:improving climate information and early warning systems
across vulnerable countries can  significantly improve lives, build
resiliency and support in global efforts to achieve the Sustainable
Development Goals, particularly as they relate to rural
communities.Indeed, 70% of Africa and 40% of Asia and south Asia rely on
rainfed agriculture. Providing vulnerable farmers with improved
localized weather and climate information has the potential to increase
farm production, protect property and human lives.

2.     #CircularEconomy Challenge:
present ideas for ICT tools and business process innovations that are
related to the Circular Economy and can result in rapid and far-reaching
improvements for society :a Circular Economy is an industrial system
that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It replaces
the end-of-life concept with restoration, shifts towards the use of
renewable energy, eliminates the use of toxic chemicals, which impair
reuse and return to the biosphere, and aims for the elimination of waste
through the superior design of materials, products, systems and
business models. In order to achieve the goals set out by the 2030
Agenda, a shift to a circular economy is of paramount importance.

3.     #EthicalFashion Challenge: present ideas for ICT tools and business process innovations that are related to Ethical Fashion & Textiles, which can result in rapid and far-reaching improvements for society.

Pick your challenge, get involved and help change the world!

Selected participants and their ideas will be showcased at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City in September 2019.

Final day for submissions: 30 July 2019
Announcement of winners: 12 August 2019 (International Youth Day)
Presentation at Climate Summit: 22-23 Sept 2019

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2019 Summer of Solutions