SDG Summer School 2019

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Key Information

Theme:  “Scaling Education for the SDGs”. Projects inspired by challenges set by partner International Organisations (ITU, UNESCO, UNITAR)

Dates and Format:  1 July- 28 July 2019

Students will work in teams under the guidances of mentors from UNIGE and International Organisations. 

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Applicants:  The SDG Summer School targets undergraduate (Bachelor) students from all relevant fields, and also considers well-motivated Master students.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2019 (midnight Geneva). Confirmation of selection by 5 May 2019.

Registration fee: CHF 2’000 to be paid by 1 June 2019. Includes local accommodation at a Geneva Student Residence. Does not include travel or daily expenses.

For UNIGE and THU students: Extended deadline 13 May 2019. Reduced fee of CHF 500 (includes accommodation at a Geneva Student Residence).

Prize:  Three of the summer students will be invited to the 2019 UNLEASH innovation event in Shenzhen, China (6-13 November 2019). 

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SDG Summer School- Education Concept

The SDG Summer School is inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, launched by the UN in 2015.  To achieve these goals, we need to enable today’s youth to play an active and meaningful role in tackling them. The motivation of the SDG Summer School is for teams of university students, in close collaboration with International Organisations in Geneva, to conceive ways to use open data, crowdsourcing technologies, and low-cost open source solutions to achieve concrete steps towards the SDGs, at a local, regional or global level.

The SDG Summer School is all about team-based problem solving and hands-on prototype development, going from a conception phase to producing practical demos. 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. The SDG Summer School includes study visits to UN Agencies, International Organisations, NGOs and other partnering organisations in Geneva.

The Summer School will end with a trip to Paris, where each team will be participating in the Learning Planet Assembly (26-27 July).  

This Year’s Challenges

This year’s Summer School is inspired by the challenge of SCALING EDUCATION FOR THE SDGS. How can young innovators use CROWDSOURCING and OPEN DATA, combined with new technologies and social networks, to maximize the impact of SDG Education?

Challenge 1- SDGs in Schools
New ways of embedding SDG education in primary, middle and high school
Challenge 2- Online Education for SDGs
Generating innovative learning platforms for SDG education
Challenge 3- Hands on Learning and SDGs
Integrating SDG learning in maker spaces, fab labs and libraries.
Challenge 4- Challenge-based learning for SDGs
Launching Global and Local Competitions around SDGs
Challenge 5- Crowdsourcing for SDGs
Exploiting Citizen Science, gamification, and social networks for SDG education
Challenge 6- New Technologies for SDG Education
Applying Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and other cutting-edge technologies for SDG learning


Three of this year’s Summer School participants will be selected for the 2019 UNLEASH event. UNLEASH is a global innovation lab, which gathers 1,000 talents annually to collaborate on solutions to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year, UNLEASH will be held in Shenzhen, China, from November 6-13, 2019. This is a chance to be one of the talents selected to be part of the leading platform for solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

 ECTS Credits

The SDG Summer School program is worth 6 ECTS credits at University of Geneva.
Please verify with your University’s Academic Advisor if the credits are transferable.


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Deadline for applications is 30 April 2019 (extended deadline for UNIGE and THU students, 13 May 2019)

Contact Us

For all enquiries about the 2019 SDG Summer School, contact

SDG Summer School 2018 

A snapshot of last year’s summer school, where the theme was “Mobile Health for the SDGs”, with WHO and ITU.