UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge

posted on: 25 May, 2020.
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 Nations’ 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.

Solutions 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 world’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.
Resilience of 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 and stresses.

After submission of the solution, what happens next?
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.
Boot Camp
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.
Piloting
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.
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Location: Worldwide
Deadline: Fri, 31 Jul, 2020

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