Summer School 2019


In September 2015, world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. Over the next 15 years, governments will strive to achieve goals such as ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and tackling climate change. To achieve these goals, we need to enable today’s youth to play an active and meaningful role in tackling the SDGs. The motivation of the SDG Summer School is for teams of University students, in close collaboration with UN organizations, to conceive ways to use open data, crowdsourcing technologies, and low-cost open source solutions to tackle sustainable development.

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. Study visits to UN Agencies, International Organizations, NGOs and other partnering organizations in Geneva will be organized.

This year’s Summer School will take place from 1 to 26 July in Geneva, Switzerland

This year’s challenge

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


This year’s Summer School projects will compete to win an invitation to 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.


Application fees: CHF 2’000, including accommodation at a Geneva Student Residence. Fees do not include travel or other expenses.

Special application fee for UNIGE students: CHF 500.–

ECTS Credits

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


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Deadline for applications is 30 April 2019

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SDG Summer School 2018