SDG Open Hack!

SDG Open Hack! is the first Chinese open innovation festival for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is inspired by its sister event Open Geneva held in Geneva, Switzerland, in March every year, which is a spin-off of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative and Citizen Cyberlab.

SDG Open Hack! has been carefully crafted to provide experiential learning in a unique environment on the campus of Tsinghua University China’s top science and engineering university, over the weekend of 30 November – 1 December. Local organizers are Tsinghua x-lab, iCenter and Center for Global Competence Development. University of Geneva and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are partnering on this event.

SDG Open Hack! is a festival of hackathons* aimed at tackling key challenges for the SDGs over one weekend. The event aims to launch 10 hackathons (in urban farming, new energy vehicles and mobility, AI for development, pollution sensing, and more), generate 100+ concrete innovations for the SDGs and host up to 500 participants, including students, engineers, professionals, academics, policy makers, impact investors & business angels.

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* The word hackathon is a contraction of hacking and marathon. The goal of a hackathon is to find practical solutions (hack) to concrete problems in 24-48 hours (marathon), by mobilizing the collective intelligence of participants with diverse expertise and cultural backgrounds.


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Learning Opportunities

A week-long SDG Innovation Bootcamp will be held in combination with SDG Open Hack! from 25 November to 1 December 2019.

This intensive, hands-on course about social innovation in China includes introductions to:

  • Public Policies : a major driver for new innovation & business opportunities in China
  • Technology for SDGs : emerging solutions for achieving sustainable development
  • Open Innovation : a key approach to overcome complex sustainability problems
  • Business for SDG Innovation : ways to scale innovations sustainably in China
  • Experiential learning : through participation in SDG Open Hack!

Registrations are now closed.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Each hackathon is co-organised and sponsored by a partnering organisation. Key value propositions for partnering organisations include :

  • Talent Scouting : get in touch with China most engaged & innovative engineering students & researchers
  • Innovation Monitoring : get inspired by creative teams with diverse expertise and cultural backgrounds
  • Corporate Training : challenge your own teams to work on practical solutions with Tsinghua University students & researchers
  • Impact Investment : support outstanding solutions for the sustainable developments goals through investment & philanthropy.

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A word from the organizers

For students who are shouldering the mission to change the world for the better, it’s not enough for them to understand the concept of SDGs. They need to take real actions, applying science and technology across disciplines, innovating by exploring sustainable development models, and identifying real world problems they can tackle. We believe that “SDG Open Hack!” at Tsinghua University will be a catalyst for developing the kind of socially-engaged mindsets, innovation capabilities, and entrepreneurial skills to achieve the SDGs.

Pearl Mao, Tsinghua x-lab Director, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

SDG Open Hack will encourage students to think out of the box. They will explore user-centered and goal-oriented innovation solutions. It creates an opportunity for students with different expertise and cultural backgrounds to leverage resources beyond their disciplines and to iterate practical solutions through design sprints and fast-prototyping. With the ongoing support from institutions such as x-lab and iCenter, “SDG Open Hack!” can empower hundreds of students at Tsinghua to become social and environmental entrepreneurs. They can provide practical solutions to the SDGs, according to Tsinghua’s motto that actions speak louder than words.

Woody De-Yu WANG, Director, Design and Prototyping Lab, iCenter, Tsinghua University