Submission is now open for the Wold Bank Group Youth Summit 2017 Competition.
The competition aims to challenge young people to take advantage of today’s rapid changing technology and solve the problems that matter to them most by crafting their own solutions so that they can build the future they want.
In addition, the competition also aims to inspire and create a dialogue on innovative ways to address some of the problems and needs that have also been created by this “technology revolution”, and that hinder sustainable development.
Do you have an idea that has the potential to solve a problem or need by taking advantage of the transformative potential of the digital revolution and the technological advances of our times? Does your idea positively impact your community, your country, and/or society at large? If the answer to both questions is yes, then the Youth Summit 2017 Competition gives you the opportunity to share your idea, connect with peers and high-level experts, and explore how to bring your idea to the next level.
Who Should Participate?
The competition is open to individuals or teams of 2 to 4 people aged 18 to 35, from all over the world. Prior entrepreneurial experience or business background is not required. All individuals with the drive to innovate are encouraged to participate, including professionals from business or policy, students and academics, NGO leaders, government officials and start-up founders.
Deadlines & Process
Stage 1 – Submit your Idea (Deadline: 29 September 2017)
Participants must submit their proposal by September 29 2017, 11.59 pm EST. Proposals will be evaluated by an Expert Committee. Shortlisted individuals/teams will be announced by mid-October 2017 and will proceed to the next stage.
Stage 2 – Refine your Idea & Prepare your Pitch (Mid-October to Early-December 2017)
Individuals/teams shortlisted in Stage 1 will receive feedback on their proposals and may be asked to submit further information, refine their proposals and/or submit short ‘pitching’ videos. Based on that, the Expert Committee will select the ‘Finalist’ individuals/teams who will proceed to Stage 3.
Stage 3 – Pitch your Idea at the Youth Summit 2017 (4-5 December 2017)
Finalists will join the Youth Summit 2017, taking place at the World Bank Group Headquarters, Washington DC. The entire morning of the second day of the Summit (December 5th,2017) will be dedicated to showcase Finalists’ ideas. Finalists will present their proposal in front of a Judging Panel and Summit attendees – presentations will be live-streamed. After the presentations, winners will be selected by a combination of votes from the judging panel and the audience.
For participation and more details, click .