#MyLittleBigThing SDGs Innovation Challenge 2019 for Undergraduates in East Africa

#MyLittleBigThing SDGs Innovation Challenge 2019 for Undergraduates in East Africa

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Entries are invited for the #My Little Big Thing Innovation Challenge 2019. This annual competition is run in partnership with Cambridge University in South Africa. They invite undergraduate university students from across the country to submit innovation ideas around the SDGs. The ideas should be scalable and commercially viable covering one or more of the 17 SDGs.

Entries include a 2 – 3 minute YouTube video as well as a 200-word essay describing the project idea. The idea should clearly describe the SDG (s) that it falls under. Judges will also consider viability of the idea, adaptability and originality.

Program Details

15 finalists will receive a FREE two-day training by Tangaza College and PKF. The training will include business and presentation skills and idea incubation. After the 2 days the organizers will produce short video clips of the finalists’ projects and post them on their website (www.mylittlebigthing.com) for 3 days of online voting. The public will select the best 7 projects, which will progress on to the idea testing stage of the competition.

The seven selected students will then be required to enlist the help of their club members or university colleagues to develop a prototype of their project ideas and to test it with the communities around their universities. During the five weeks of this segment of the competition, they will receive project mentorship from Tangaza University who will visit their projects along with a team from MK Africa. These finalists will present their final projects to a panel of judges at a #MyLittleBigThing SDGs club forum in July 2019. The best 3 projects will be selected by the judges and also by the club members attending the forum (1 vote).


  • Winners will attend the Cambridge University Sustainability Practitioners Programme in South Africa in August.


  • Undergraduate university students from across East Africa are invited to submit innovation ideas around the SDGs.


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For more information, visit #MyLittleBigThing Innovation Challenge.