Do you have great ideas for how to tackle some of the global challenges created by the pandemic? Apply for the Open Seventeen Summer Challenge now.


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. 


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.  


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).


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).

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.