Rapid technological changes have created both challenges and opportunities around the world, we must take advantage of the inherent transformative potential of technology to make the world more prosperous and inclusive for all.
If you could take advantage of today’s technology and solve any problem or need, what would it be?
Would it support the WBG twin goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity?
Contribute to building the inclusive tech-world of tomorrow by sharing your idea!
Rethinking technology to ensure that all people across the world – today and in the future – are well equipped and have access to resources and opportunities to fully realize their potential and shape their own paths, is one the most complex and pressing challenges of our time. Everybody has a role to play – but no one is better placed than young people themselves as early adapters and most active users of technology to identify the obstacles faced and find ways to overcome them.
The purpose of this competition is to challenge young people to take advantage of today’s rapid changing technology and solve the problems that matter to them most by crafting their own solutions so that they can build the future they want. In addition, the competition also aims to inspire and create a dialogue on innovative ways to address some of the problems and needs that have also been created by this “technology revolution”, and that hinder sustainable development.
Do you have an idea that has the potential to solve a problem or need by taking advantage of the transformative potential of the digital revolution and the technological advances of our times? Does your idea positively impact your community, your country, and/or society at large? If the answer to both questions is yes, then the Youth Summit 2017 Competition gives you the opportunity to share your idea, connect with peers and high-level experts, and explore how to bring your idea to the next level.
Who Should Participate?
The competition is open to individuals or teams of 2 to 4 people aged 18 to 35, from all over the world. Prior entrepreneurial experience or business background is not required. All individuals with the drive to innovate are encouraged to participate, including professionals from business or policy, students and academics, NGO leaders, government officials and start-up founders.
How to Enter the Competition?
Participants should propose an innovative and action-oriented idea on how to provide a solution to a developmental challenge adapted to the realities of the 21st century. The proposed solution can be aimed at business (private sector) or policy (public sector) and should relate to at least one of the subthemes of the Youth Summit 2017: