Innovative Technology and Global Citizenship for the 21st Century
CHALLENGE: Can you form an interdisciplinary team to come together to address one (or more) of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals?
We welcome all undergraduate and postgraduate students of our member universities to enter WTUN’s annual student competition.
All you have to do is produce and present an idea (via a video) to address one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We are seeking new and innovative solutions to address the goals, and we invite project proposals from student teams (undergraduate, postgraduate or a combination and preferably multi-disciplinary).
We invite you to submit your ideas in the form of a proposal and short video that will be assessed by our panel of judges.
Winning teams (prize per team member to max team size of 4) will receive:
1st place: £500
2nd place: £250
3rd place: £100
In addition, the winning team will be invited to present their winning idea, virtually, at WTUC 2023. The winning team will present their project to delegates as part of the Congress programme.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams will receive a certificate of achievement. Each will be profiled, and their idea showcased on the WTUN website.
UN SDG 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”
Target 4.7 states: “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”
The project proposal must be able to articulate which of the SDGs it seeks to address and how it demonstrates Global Citizenship for the 21st Century. The entry must also include an element of Public Engagement.
Students are encouraged to focus not only on technical aspects, but also on the social, economic and regional challenges of addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.
What do you have to do?
- Form a team of four students (Maximum team size is four, undergraduate or postgraduate)
- Choose one (or more) of the 17 SDGs to address, formulate your idea into a proposal and short video (3-8mins in length)
- Submit your proposal using the form below by 23.59 (11:59pm)Thursday 1 June 2023
Winners will be announced by 13 July 2023.
Submission for the competition are completed via Microsoft Forms at the link below. You will be asked to answer a range of questions set to the assessment criteria below. Each proposal must also be accompanied by a short 3 minute video showcasing the proposal. The video should be uploaded to a video streaming site (preferably either Vimeo or YouTube) and the link submitted with the Microsoft Form proposal.
Any additional materials that teams wish to submit must be done through WeTransfer, Google Drive or similar.
Students are encouraged to ensure that their proposal confirms:
- How effectively does the proposal address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
- How effectively is the proposed public engagement demonstrated?
- Will there be a measurable societal impact? If so, how?
- Does the proposal demonstrate an understanding of what it means to be a Global Citizen?
- How deliverable is this proposal?
- Is this a cost-effective proposal?
There will be the opportunity for the teams to score bonus points as follows:
- Is the team multidisciplinary (points will be awarded if team members are from different subject disciplines)?
- Can the proposed solution be applied to the geographical area of another WTUN member (judged on demonstration of research and application)?
There will also be assessment around the video element of the submission including:
- Is the idea explained in a coherent, engaging and understandable way?
We encourage students to be innovative in how they present their idea!
DEADLINE – Thursday 1 June 2023
If you have additional documents, demos or media to go alongside your proposal, please email this to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly stating your team name.
To view the videos from previous years please visit: