Global Innovation Challenge
Application for the United Nations Office for Project Services(UNOPS) Global
Innovation Challenge is currently open. UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge
brings together programmers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and developers to
ideate creative solutions needed to advance the progress on the United Nationsâ€™
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UNOPS is calling on or urging entrepreneurs and
innovators to develop new technology solutions for creating networks, systems, and infrastructure that can withstand shocks and
stresses. The solutions need to demonstrate how technology -- from sensors to
artificial intelligence -- could build climate resilience, helping societies
prepare for and adapt to the challenges posed by climate change.
Solutions could range from ensuring reliable power generation
and effective emergency responses amid a fierce storm, to advancing
sustainable agriculture and protecting biodiversity. It could include improving
access to clean and safe drinking water -- and much more.
submitted in this challenge do not need to be commercialized and will be
treated by our review team as confidential.
Climate change is one
of the defining challenges of our time. Addressing the impacts of
climate change on people, communities, and nations requires the worldâ€™s
infrastructure to be more resilient and better equipped to withstand
increasingly frequent extreme weather events -- ensuring that all people, in
all corners of the world, can adapt, survive, and prosper.
infrastructure is the ability of infrastructure(such as schools, bridges and
hospitals), as well as infrastructure networks and systems (such as transport,
water and energy), to anticipate, absorb, adapt and recover from natural shocks
After submission of the solution, what
Participants whose proposals deemed
to have the greatest potential to create a positive impact on building
climate change adaptation and resilience through infrastructure will be
contacted by 31 August 2020, 24:00 (CET). They will also potentially be
included in an innovation accelerator program.
The top candidates from
this review process will be invited to a boot camp in Kobe, Japan. All those
selected should be available in person for four days.
Global Innovation Centre Incubator
Selected participants will
be given the opportunity to join one of UNOPS Global Innovation Centre
Incubators for 12 months. They will receive support to help advance
their solution to the marketplace.
Participants with solutions that demonstrate the most potential will be given the opportunity to
develop a pilot in collaboration with UNOPS, at a suitable location.Learn More here!
Eligibility for This Program
This program is open to both individuals and
groups, such as business entities and other types of organizations. Female
applicants are encouraged to apply.