Two pilot sessions of Open Seventeen in 2015 and 2016 involved participants worldwide and included students, NGOs, and independent citizens. The challenge covered all of the SDGs.
”We suggest that data that have been crowdsourced by civil-society ventures should be incorporated into the international process of monitoring the SDGs. To address potential issues of data quality, initiatives such as the Open Seventeen Challenge are necessary to train organizers of crowdsourcing projects.”
In preparation for the UN Habitat III conference, participants (students, NGOs, citizens) were challenged to focus on projects related to sustainable cities. (2016)
The challenge focused on the theme of decent work, and targeted Swiss bachelor students. It was organized in collaboration with the All4Youth initiative, with participation from ILO. (2016)
Bachelor and Masters students worldwide tackled 6 challenges set by WHO and ITU on m-health for issues ranging from road safety to early stage cancer detection. (2018)