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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, Gender Equality or Sustainable cities and Communities?

Do you and three team members want to win a funded trip to Thailand 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 – SD Goal 7
  2. Climate Action – SD Goal 13
  3. Clean Water and Sanitation – SD Goal 6
  4. Sustainable Cities and Communities – SD Goal 11
  5. Gender Equality – SD Goal 5

We are seeking new and innovative solutions to address the five topics above, 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.

The winning team will be selected to present their idea at the next Congress meeting of the WTUN in Thailand later this year.

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 dates for the trip to Thailand for the winning team to present at the Congress will be confirmed soon. If the Congress changes to a virtual format due to travel restrictions, or if the country that the students are from does not allow travel, you will be invited to present your winning project proposal online and instead be 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. Form a team of four students (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  2. Formulate your idea into a proposal and short video
  3. Email wtun@bradford.ac.uk to register your interest in attending an online student and mentor knowledge exchange session on Wednesday 8th June 11:00-12:30 (UK time)*
  4. Submit your proposal using the form below by Friday 1 July 2022

Winners will be announced by 11 August 2022.

*Please note, attendance at this session is not compulsory but will increase your chances of submitting a winning proposal!

Student and mentor knowledge exchange session

  • What is Digital Creativity?

Digital Creativity and Innovative Technology: Prof. Tiranee Achalakul (Director: Government Big Data Institute, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi)

  • The UN SDGs: What are the SDGs and how do we address them?

Affordable Clean Energy & Gender Equality: Dr. M.K.Badrinarayanan (Head, School of Management Sciences, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science)

Clean Water and Sanitation: Dr David T. Easow (Head, School of Liberal Arts & Science, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science)

  • How to produce a winning entry

Working as a team: Ms. Patience Kwakyewa Asirifi (Directorate of Research and Innovation, Koforidua Technical University)

Developing a credible proposal: Dr. Samuel Kwofie (Director, Research and Innovation, Koforidua Technical University)

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 demonstrated?
  • Will there be a measurable 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 demonstrate 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 clearly stating your team name.

Previous Entries

To view the videos from previous years please visit:

2020 competition page.

2021 competition page.

2022 competition page.

Good luck!

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