OD Impact Challenge

Calling all changemakers!

Are you 18-30 years? 

Do you have a project that is solving a problem and improving the lives of others? Enter the challenge for the chance to win cash prizes, mentoring, tailored training, access to more funding, honorary membership in an exclusive network and much more.

The OD Impact Challenge seeks to recognize and support the efforts of young change-makers working to bring positive change to their communities while projecting and highlighting the impact opportunitydesk.org is making in the lives of people worldwide.

Deadline: November 25, 2022

How It Works​

The competition is simple, it challenges participants to answer three main questions in 60 seconds:

  1. What are you doing to bring positive change to your community? Tell us the problem you are solving and how it is making a difference.
  2. How is OD making an impact in your life?
  3. How will the prizes help you if you win?
Prizes
Winners will be selected based on the Judge’s criteria and support from OD users.

1st Place Winner

  • Cash prize of $500
  • Honorary membership in the Meaningful Business Program and lifelong access to the network.
  • Fully-funded access to Global Changemakers Project Management course with the opportunity to compete for Global Changemakers’ Seed Grants of up $2500
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Automatic admission into the Savvy program
  • Personalised mentoring with the CEOs of Opportunity Desk and Savvy Fellows
  • Media feature across OD partner networks

2nd Place Winner

  • Cash prize of $300
  • Honorary membership in the Meaningful Business Program and lifelong access to the network.
  • Fully-funded access to Global Changemakers Project Management course with the opportunity to compete for Global Changemakers’ Seed Grants of up $2500
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Automatic admission into the Savvy program
  • Personalised mentoring with the CEOs of Opportunity Desk and Savvy Fellows
  • Media feature across OD partner networks

3rd Place Winner

  • Cash prize of $200
  • Honorary membership in the Meaningful Business Program and lifelong access to the network.
  • Fully-funded access to Global Changemakers Project Management course with the opportunity to compete for Global Changemakers’ Seed Grants of up $2500
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Automatic admission into the Savvy program
  • Personalised mentoring with the CEOs of Opportunity Desk and Savvy Fellows
  • Media feature across OD partner networks

Top 12

  • Certificate of recognition
  • Fully-funded access to Global Changemakers Project Management course with the opportunity to compete for Global Changemakers’ Seed Grants of up $2500
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Automatic admission into the Savvy program
  • Personalised mentoring with the CEOs of Opportunity Desk and Savvy Fellows

Top 30 Under 30

Exclusive Listing as OD Impact Challenge 30 under 30 Changemakers

Automatic admission into the Savvy program

Certificate of recognition

Eligibility

Who can apply?

This global competition is open to changemakers around the world between 18 and 30 years who are actively solving a problem and improving the lives of others in their community.

FAQs

The OD Impact Challenge is a global competition that seeks to recognize and support efforts of young changemakers working to bring positive change to their communities, while projecting and highlighting the impact OpportunityDesk.org (OD) is making in the lives of people worldwide. This year’s challenge is organized in partnership with Vantage Migration and media partners.

The competition is simple – ODIC challenges participants to answer two main questions in 60 seconds:

  1. What are you doing to bring positive change to your community? Tell us the problem you are solving and how it is making a difference.
  2. How is OD making an impact in your life?

The top three winners will share a cash prize of $1000 in addition to:

Top 30 winners will be featured as OD Impact Challenge 30 Under 30 Changemakers, receive a certificate of recognition and be featured on our website, social media pages and our partners’ websites.

This global competition is open to changemakers around the world between 18 and 30 years who are actively solving a problem and improving the lives of others in their community.

  • Participants between 18 and 30 years from any nationality are welcomed to apply.
  • Participants should be active Opportunity Desk users:- You are a fan or follower on our social media pages:- Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and Telegram and you must be subscribed to our Newsletter.
  • You are actively engaged in your community and you have at least 1 year track record of impact either as an individual, employee or entrepreneur.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • OD partners, mentors, staff, and past winners (top 3 winners) are not eligible to apply.
  • Opportunity Desk takes no responsibility in applications incorrectly submitted.

The jury, made up of social change leaders and impact drivers will carefully select finalists and winners based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Project Impact in Community
  • Sustainability
  • There is no entry fee
  • Video submissions must be original, unpublished work by the contestant and cannot infringe upon any copyright laws. The contestant must be the sole author of all entries and hold full rights to them. Videos that have won awards in other competitions are not eligible to enter;
  • Videos can be made in any language. However, non-English videos must be subtitled in English Language.
  • By entering the contest, video submitters are deemed to have agreed to the use of their videos in OD promotional material;
  • The organizers reserve the right to remove and disqualify submitted videos which may cause offence or may be deemed unsuitable or inappropriate for this contest;
  • The contestant must have received permission from the subject(s) used in the video. Videos that violate the rights of those depicted or put people at risk will not be considered by the judges;
  • Opportunity Desk can take no responsibility for entries that are incorrectly or incompletely submitted.

Applications open: Monday, October 24, 2022 

Applications close: November 25, 2022 (11:59pm WAT)

Top 12 Finalists will be announced on Friday, December 9, 2022.

Voting takes place between December 9 and 16, where the public can show support for their favourite finalists.

Winners are announced on Opportunitydesk.org on Wednesday, December 21 and also on our partner networks.

Prizes distributed between January 2023 and May 2023.

  • Step 1: Make a 60-second video telling us:
    1. your name and country;
    2. what you are doing to bring positive change to your community;
    3. How winning the challenge will help you and your work

      You don’t need a sophisticated camera to do this. You can use your smartphone in landscape mode. Just ensure we can see and hear you clearly. Be creative too.

  • Step 2: Post your video to your social media page: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc. using the hashtags: #ODImpactChallenge #ODIC2022.
  • Step 3: Complete the online application here before November 25, 2022.
  • Step 4: Prepare for voting. Top 12 finalists will be contacted and provided with a link to the voting page.

NOTE:

Before you apply, follow @opportunitydesk on all social media platforms. Make sure you tag #ODImpactChallenge #ODIC2022 in your video post or your entry would not be considered.

What Past Winners say
"Winning the OD Impact Challenge provided me with numerous opportunities to further develop my project and grow as a young change-maker. I was featured on multiple blogs, which increased the visibility and credibility of my work. I also received funding to help me develop my project and mentorship to help me make a bigger impact. Since winning ODIC, I've become a more valuable member of the change-making community, with increased access to life-changing opportunities. My advice to any young person is to take advantage of ODIC because it is a huge step toward increasing the impact of their work."
Stanley Anigbogu
2021 ODIC Winner
"The O.D. Impact Challenge changed everything since it made my Innovation and I more visible. After seeing my "story of change," many people got in touch with me and wanted to work and partner with me. What struck me the most was how much my impact record inspired other young people. Much more than the prize, I was poised to do more, to raise the bar even higher; following ODIC, I went on to win the FMN prize for Innovation, emerging Top3 at N.C.D.M.B. Science Technology Innovation Challenge, and I am now a member of the Top 3% Africa's talent in Innovation. I was motivated to accomplish more and set the bar even higher."
Smart Israel
2021 ODIC Finalist
"The OD Impact Challenge exposed me and my venture to a vast array of opportunities. After winning the challenge, it was like everything fell into place. It's been one success to another; one milestone to another. So many amazing people reached out to me for collaboration and partnership, especially after being featured as the OD Young Person of the Month, which comes as a reward for winning the Challenge. Apart from the cash prize reward, the Challenge offers much more than prize money. It offers mentorship and resources that will be super beneficial to the growth of your venture."
Chidi Nwaogu
2018 ODIC Winner
"In 2021, I was privileged to emerge as the 3rd place winner of the OD Impact Challenge. This was the first time that my social impact works at The R.E.T.I.N.A Initiative will be recognized. And this wouldn't have been possible without the collective effort of my exceptional team members. So far, the opportunity has increased our visibility to more sponsorships and collaborations. I still look back at my digital footprints on Google to see the spotlight interviews that I benefited from the ODIC. This gives me so much satisfaction. I am grateful for the fantastic team behind opportunitydesk.org as every individual is now a family. Thank you for all you do.."
Babatunde Bale
2021 ODIC Finalist
"The OD impact challenge for me as a chemist is a platform of recognition for my hard work both in the lab and in the community. I felt happy and appreciated being featured as the OD Young Person of the Month and interviewed exclusively by Cynthia Untamed on Youtube. The overall exposure I received as the second winner has given me strong validation as a scientist, and in fact, I was later awarded as a High-Achieving Youth by the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Aceh, Indonesia. This further motivates me to keep my path in science and carry out impactful research."
Muhammad Iqhrammullah
2021 ODIC Finalist

Are you ready to go global? Do not miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Deadline: Friday, November 25, 2022 at 11:59pm WAT