#Open17 Challenge

Tackling climate and gender challenges with crowdsourcing solutions – Submit your ideas!

Application deadline: 3 October 2021

As headlines over the past several months remind us, the impacts of climate change include extreme weather events such as floods or droughts. These often affect local communities in ways that make gender inequality worse. For example, in some regions, villages may be displaced, and women will have to travel further to find drinking water for their families.

For this current challenge #Open17 has partnered with Crowd4SDG, a three-year Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action aiming to promote citizen science projects tackling the SDGs and focusing on climate action.


Supporting Your Idea
Pitch your idea on how to address these challenges and you may be selected for online coaching (for 5 weeks, 2hrs/wk from 20 Oct – 17 Nov) by our team of researchers from leading European Universities and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, who will help you develop your idea into an impactful project.

How it Works

The #Open17 Challenge is an online interactive coaching programme to help young global innovators connect and shape good ideas into viable social innovations projects. The #Open17 Challenge supports projects that enable grassroots innovation and citizen science to tackle the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using open data and crowdsourcing technologies.


An #Open17 coaching cycle starts with a call for projects to solve concrete challenges inspired by experts from UN agencies, International Organizations and NGOs targeting one or more of the SDGs. #Open17 favors solutions that use Crowdsourcing and Open Data.


The call my have a specific target audience, such as students, or be open to anyone. Applicants submit ideas for projects that tackle the challenge. The most promising applicants and ideas are selected and teams are formed.


The teams receive interactive online mentoring and coaching from international experts and coaches over 5 weekly 2h sessions, to transform their ideas into viable projects. The most promising projects receive further support for their development.

Project Partners

Associated Research Labs

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