Applications for the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2017 USA is currently available and interested persons who have met with the eligibility criteria as listed are welcome to apply for this program
World Bank Group Youth Summit 2017: Technology and Innovation for Impact
Established in 2013, the Youth Summit is an annual event that serves as a platform for conversation and action to make the World Bank Group more relevant to the global youth and to better involve young people in the work of the World Bank Group. The Youth Summit Organizing Committee is comprised of young World Bank Group employees and is supported by World Bank Group senior management.
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!
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.
Ready to Apply?
To share your idea and enter the Youth Summit 2017 Competition, you shall:
1. Make sure that you/your team meet the Eligibility Requirements:
- The Competition is open to individuals or teams of 2-4 people, aged 18 to 35 inclusive as of 11.59 pm EST on September 29, 2017.
- Teams and individuals are limited to one submission each.
- The Competition is open to nationals of ALL countries of the world.
- Active staff of the World Bank Group (at the time of the submission up until the closing of the Youth Summit 2017), including Consultants and Interns, are not eligible to participate in the Competition.
2. Prepare a proposal that outlines your idea, as per the following Submission Rules:
- Proposals must be created by and owned by the Participants.
- Proposals must be submitted in English.
- Proposals shall provide an innovative and action-oriented business-level or policy-level idea aimed at solving a problem/need that will support at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and one of the World Bank’s Twin goals of (1) Reducing poverty and (2) Boosting Shared Prosperity.
- Proposals must comply with at least one of the following criteria:
- The problem/need to be solved must have been caused by a technological transformation, and/or;
- The idea/solution must use a technological component (such as ICTs) to solve the developmental problem/need.
- The problem/need and the proposed solution outlined in the Proposals must relate to at least one of the subthemes of the Youth Summit 2017 and should apply to a least one client country of the World Bank Group.
- Proposals must (a) provide a short 2-5 sentences summary of the idea, (b) describe which Sustainable Development Goal it will support and which YS Subtheme it relates to, (c) describe the specific problem/need that the proposed solution seeks to address, and (d) describe the solution proposed to address this specific problem/need (e.g. a product, service, program, policy, course, initiative etc.).
- Proposals will be judged based on the following Judging Criteria: (1) Clarity, scope and relevance of the problem and of the proposed solution; (2) Innovation and originality; (3) Feasibility of implementation and whether it is sustainable in time; (4) Potential for impact. Please refer to the Competition Rules and Regulations for further information about the Judging Criteria.
- Proposals must be between 1,000-2,500 words in length, all-inclusive – i.e. including all bodies of text, titles, headings, tables, textboxes, footnotes, endnotes, references, appendices etc. – and must not exceed 4 pages in total.
- The following information must be provided at the top of the first page of the Proposal: (a) the names of the Participant(s) submitting the Proposal – for teams, all team members’ names shall be listed; (b) the final word count (all-inclusive).
Application Deadline: 29 September 2017
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