#IdeasChangeLives is our global innovation challenge to find digital solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.
We’re looking for people with a fresh, entrepreneurial spirit and a big idea that has the potential to make a positive impact for communities across the globe.
The winning pitch will get £20,000 to invest in their idea, as well as mentorship and support from the British Council for a full year.
Our focus for 2019
This year, we’re looking for ideas that help us to meet any or all of the targets within one of the three Global Goals for Sustainable Development below:
Goal 4: Quality education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Goal 5: Gender equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Things to think about...
We’re looking for thoughtful, creative and unusual digital solutions. So, even if you only have the very seed of an idea, as long as you have given it real thought, applications are encouraged.
To help, we recommend thinking carefully about the following before you apply:
- The need your idea addresses - be clear about which one of The Global Goals you are focusing on and the problem your idea could help to solve.
- How people will benefit - tell us why your idea matters to the people it is designed for and how it has the potential to positively impact thousands of lives.
- Why it’s compelling - we need to feel that you really care about making a difference so tell us the story behind your idea.
- The competition - show us you have a clear understanding and awareness of any competitors who may be working on similar products and tell us why your idea is different.
- The tools and resources needed to turn it into a product - it doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked with technology before. What does matter is a clear understanding of how your idea will work in the real world.
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020
Source: The British Council
Illustration Photo: Through the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Services (MUIIS) project, CTA in collaboration with other partners has developed a solution to address the current lack of information services and enable Ugandan farmers to make more informed decisions regarding the use of agricultural inputs, such as improved seeds, fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides. Armed with this information, farmers can improve their yields and protect their crops against pests and diseases, as well as increase their farms’ resilience to flooding and drought. (credits: CTA ACP-EU / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))