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Student Competition

Please note the competition is now closed.

What does “Digital Creativity” mean to you?

Do you think you could address the issues of Affordable and Clean Energy, Climate Action, Clean Water and Sanitation or Sustainable cities and Communities?

Do you and three team members want to win a funded trip to Malaysia with flights and hotel paid for to present your winning idea?

We are welcoming all undergraduate and postgraduate students of our member universities to enter WTUN’s annual student competition.

All you have to do is use Digital Creativity in some way to try and address one of the WTUN’s chosen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. Affordable and Clean Energy
  2. Climate Action
  3. Clean Water and Sanitation
  4. Sustainable Cities and Communities

We are seeking new and innovative solutions to address the four topics above, and we invite project proposals from student teams (undergraduate, postgraduate or a combination and preferably multi-disciplinary).

Here, we invite you to submit your ideas in the form of a proposal and short video that will be assessed by our judges, and the winning team will be selected to present their idea at the next meeting of the WTUN in Malaysia in October 2021.

The WTUN membership will then decide on whether further funding can be made available to deliver the project itself.

The project proposal must include an element of Public Engagement.

Maximum team size is four.

Please note that the trip to Malaysia is 19 – 22 October 2021 so students should be available to travel during this time. If the Congress changes to a virtual format due to travel restrictions, students will be invited to present their idea online and offered an alternative cash prize.

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?

  1. Get together a team of four students (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  2. Formulate your idea into a proposal and short video
  3. Submit your proposal using the form below by Friday 30 July 2021

Submission format

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 must be uploaded to either Vimeo or YouTube and the link submitted with the Microsoft Form proposal.


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?
  • Will there be a societal impact? If so, how?
  • Does the proposal harness digital creativity?
  • 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:

  • Does the video use digital creativity?
  • Is the idea explained in a coherent and understandable way?

We encourage students to be innovative in how they present their idea!

Submit your final proposals

If you have additional documents, demos or media to go alongside your proposal, please email this to wtun@bradford.ac.uk.

To view the videos from last years winners please visit the 2020 competition page.

Good luck!

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