British Council #IdeasChangeLives Challenge

British Council #IdeasChangeLives Challenge


You could win a prize of £20,000 and the chance to work with the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team on an initiative to help achieve one of six of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

British Council are looking for organisations, groups, or talented individuals, to work with us on creating hyper-innovative digital solutions.

You should have a vision for how your idea could improve the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people.

This challenge gives you a genuine chance to change the world and improve the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged people – what’s your idea?

Create a digital solution to help achieve one of six of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The target date for achieving the SDGs is 2030.

Your digital solution must help the world address one, or more, of these six SDGs:

  • SDG 4 – Quality education
  • SDG 5 – Gender equality
  • SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Eligibility

  • #IdeasChangeLives is open to individuals and companies of
    any size based anywhere in the world.
  • You can enter as an individual, group of individuals, company, partnership, association or other organisation.

    Prizes

  • Up to two winning entries will receive prizes of £20,000 each, funded by the Friends of the British Council.
  • In addition, each winner will have the chance to work collaboratively with the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team to develop a minimum viable product (MVP) based on their idea.
  • Once each MVP is ready, we will agree with the winner what the next phase of work is. From there we hope to develop a longer-lasting partnership, promoting the work through our network in more than 100 countries.

    Timeline

  • Launch: 15 October 2018
    Entries close: midnight GMT 23 November 2018
  • Finalists announced: 30 November 2018
  • Finalists present virtually: 10-14 December 2018
  • Winners announced: noon GMT 21 December 2018

    How to Apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 23rd November 2018
  • For more information and scholarships or fellowships application details, see; British Council #IdeasChangeLives Challenge

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