Crowd4SDG #Open17ClimateGender Challenge 2021 for Global Innovators

Crowd4SDG #Open17ClimateGender Challenge 2021 for Global Innovators

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Applications are open for the Crowd4SDG #Open17ClimateGender Challenge 2021. Through the Open Seventeen Challenge, Crowd4SDG is launching its second call for projects powered by the crowd aiming to tackle climate and gender issues.

Challenge Details

The #Open17ClimateGender Challenge offers a 5 weeks online interactive coaching program to global innovators to help them to connect and shape good ideas into viable social innovation projects and prototypes. Projects will be selected by novelty, relevance and feasibility. The selected 50 applicants will be organized in 10 teams and coached on how to turn an initial idea into a compelling crowdsourcing project.

This coaching will last 5 weeks with 2hrs/week of online coaching plus teamwork (October 20 – November 17). Mentored by experts from the United Nations and top European research labs, participants will also learn about crowdsourcing tools for data collection, data classification, decision making and social media analysis that are relevant to their projects. 

Five outstanding teams from the #Open17ClimateGender Challenge will be selected by a jury to participate in an online challenge-based innovation workshop, co-organized by CERN IdeaSquare (January 2022, dates to be confirmed). During this workshop, teams will learn how to build a functional prototype for their project and connect with communities and social innovation experts who can help to launch and sustain the project.


  • The top two teams selected by a jury will be invited to present their projects to potential UN and NGO partner organizations as well as impact investors during the Geneva Trialogue event in Geneva, Switzerland. (March 2022, dates to be confirmed).
  • Participants who successfully complete the online coaching program will receive a certificate of completion from the UN Institute for Training and Research, and similarly for the online workshop.


  • Open to any individual or team of up to four people anywhere in the world.
  • Applicants must be 16 or older.
  • Applications must be in English, and participants should have a good command of written and spoken English.

Tackling Concrete Challenges

To make your project as concrete and impactful as possible, Crowd4SDG asked a range of experts from agencies of the UN as well as National Statistical Offices to provide them with specific challenges that address the issues of climate change and gender equality, for which crowdsourced data would be particularly valuable. They would like for projects to address one of the challenges below: 

  • Measuring the differentiated impacts of disasters on women and men. 
  • Assessing women’s vulnerability to climate change effects on natural resources. 
  • Improving data on women’s participation in environmental management. 
  • Measuring the health of ecosystems in a systemic way with women’s contribution. 
  • Open challenge on crowdsourcing for climate change resilience and gender equality


To apply, participants will need to create a one-minute pitch and submit it online. The application deadline is September 30, 2021.

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For more information, visit Crowd4SDG.