DeadlineMarch 23, 2020
Awards / Benefits$25,000
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Registration Deadline is March 23rd, but Submission Deadline is July 13th 2020!
Applications are now open for the seventh edition of The Geneva Challenge – Advancing Development Goals Contest, which in 2020 will address “The Challenges of Social Inclusion”.
The 2020 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of social inclusion.
While significant advances have been made in reducing extreme poverty around the world, many more efforts are needed to tackle social inclusiveness.
This year, geneva challenge will distribute five prizes, one per continent. The five finalist teams will be invited to come to Geneva for their project showcases and the award ceremony end of September 2020.
Highlighted below are some pressing issues and challenges related to social inclusion:
- Education and Training
- Financial Inclusion
- Social and Political Inclusion
- Gender Equality
- Community Driven Resilience Development
- Inclusive Health Systems and the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
- Infrastructures, New Technologies and Digital Inclusion
Participants of the ADG contest 2020 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.
Geneva challenge consider “graduate students” to be anyone enrolled in a post bachelor level university programme with a maximum duration of 2 (two) years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a masters level degree.
Participants must gather in teams of 3 (three) to 5 (five) graduate students. In the submitted analysis, they should contribute with an interdisciplinary approach or from at least 2 (two) different disciplinary perspectives.
No participation on an individual basis will be admitted.
The participants can be enrolled in a same graduate programme or can collaborate with students from other programmes from the university they are enrolled in or coordinate with students from different universities and institutions worldwide.
The category in which the team will be placed for the contest will be based on the continent of the universities predominantly represented within the team.
In case, there is an equal representation of continents within the team, the team decides in which category they wish to compete.
All team members must provide a scanned copy of a document that serves as proof of enrolment as a graduate student before the registration of the team can be confirmed and validated.
Any official document issued by the academic institution the student is affiliated to is accepted as proof of enrolment as long as it contains:
The name of the student;
The program he/she is enrolled in;
An issuance date up to three months before the registration date
Validity beyond the registration date.
Exceptionally, they might accept the registration of students who are transitioning into graduate studies, as long as they have already been accepted in a graduate student programme at the time of the Registration.
Submissions are evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee that will select three submissions per category to be published on the competition's website and then reviewed by an independent jury of experts with academic, governmental and private sector backgrounds.
Launch of the Geneva Challenge : 16.12.2019
Registration of teams opens : 16.12.2019
Announcement of the Jury Panel and the Keynote Speaker : February 2020
Registration deadline : 23.03.2020
Submission deadline : 13.07.2020
Semi-finalists announced : Beginning of August 2020
Jury Evaluation meeting : Mid-August 2020
Finalists announced : Mid-August 2020
Presentations of the Finalists and Award Ceremony : End of September 2020
Five finalist teams, one team per continent, will be invited (traveling and accommodation expenses covered) to an oral presentation in Geneva, where they will defend their ideas and answer questions from the jury and the public. The finalists will also be invited to an awards ceremony where the contest results will be announced, preceded by a high-level keynote speech on the challenges of climate change.
The ADG contest distributes 25,000 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will be awarded CHF 10,000; the two teams in second place will receive CHF 5,000 each and the two teams in third place, CHF 2,500 each.
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