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).

when?

Application Deadline is 10 June 2020. Online coaching will take place in daily 2-hour interactive sessions, from 6-31 July 2020. Coaching will include guest experts from partnering universities and International Organizations (exact dates/times of sessions will be communicated to successful applicants).

This Challenge is co-organized by Citizen Cyberlab at University of Geneva, CRI at University of Paris, The Goodwall social network for Gen-Z, the AI for Good Global Summit, and with the support of the Crowd4SDG Project and the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative.

The Challenges


Challenge 1

Frugal Medical Equipment for Covid

Challenge Mentor: CRI, University of Paris
As well making DIY masks and ventilators, how can maker spaces and fablabs around the world contribute to tackling the public health challenge that Covid presents, in collaboration with hospitals and public authorities?
( Note: this challenge requires access to a fablab )

Challenge 2

Crowdsourcing for Pandemic Research

Challenge Mentor: Citizen Cyberlab, University of Geneva
Huge amounts of data are being generated about the coronavirus and Covid. How can simple crowdsourcing techniques and citizen scientists of all ages extract valuable information from this, and share the results with policy makers?

Challenge 3

Post-Pandemic Sustainability

Challenge Mentor: x-lab, Tsinghua University
This option is for applicants who may already working on a project related to the SDGs, which addresses the economic and social consequences of the pandemic. Specify which SDGs your project will impact and how.

Challenge 4

Good Work Through Crowdsourcing

Challenge Mentor: GovLab, New York University
In the wake of the pandemic, as unemployment soars to never seen levels, how can crowdsourcing help people find good work, help businesses create safer workplaces and reduce anxiety and isolation among the unemployed.
How it works
10 June 2020

Deadline for Application

Registration is open until 10 June via our partner Goodwall, please read carefully how to apply. You can apply as individual or as a team (one application per team, max 4 persons).

6-31 July 2020

Online Coaching

Selected participants will be coached online for 4 weeks. The coaching happens online, 2h per day, with mentors from partner Universities and International Organizations (exact schedule and platform details will be communicated to successful applicants). Each week of coaching, projects and participants are selected for prizes.

September 2020

Future events

Top projects and participants will be selected to receive further support and participate in future UN and International Innovation Events.

Make sure you check the Frequently Asked Questions for more details