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With sustainability named as a top priority for millennials and Generation Z, companies and organizations are increasingly tapping youth to help find solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.
The World Series of Innovation is an annual online competition organized by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) that invites students between the ages of 13 to 24 to develop solutions that work towards achieving of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s program saw 11 teams of young innovators recognized for their work spanning six unique Innovation Challenges covering jobs, education, clean water, internet access and refugees. Each winning team will receive $2,000 in cash and prizes, plus $500 for their school or youth serving organization. Runner-up teams receive a prize of $250. Over 1,500 international entries were received from 10 different countries.
This was the first year ever that the program focused on the SDGs. Sponsors included presenting partner The Moody’s Foundation, as well as GoDaddy, MasterCard, Pitney Bowes, and The Coca-Cola Company.
Design a business that helps people obtain jobs that both pay a living wage and are enjoyable for those doing them. (Corresponding to SDG #8, Decent Work and Economic Growth)
Design a business that brings high-quality education to more kids. (Corresponding to SDG #4, Quality Education)
Design a brand of bottled water that inspires people to protect and restore water-related ecosystems. (SDG #6, Clean Water and Sanitation)
Design a business that helps provide developing countries access to the internet (SDG #9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure)
Design a product that helps kids or adults to explore real-world STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). (SDG #4, Quality Education)
Design a technology product or service that allows refugees to accept and deliver payments to help cover their most basic needs (SDG #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure)
“Rather than have today’s young people characterized by anxiety, terror or isolation, let them be celebrated as Generation Entrepreneur — the bright and resourceful minds who found ways to produce sustainably, to improve public health and to bring greater peace to their neighbors across the globe,” said Shawn Osborne, President and CEO of FTE.
“World Series of Innovation is an introductory activity that helps young people to see themselves as innovators and realize that their creativity is an important ingredient in building a more vibrant economy and sustainable society.”
Published Apr 18, 2017 3am EDT / 12am PDT / 8am BST / 9am CEST