Climate Change: Geneva Challenge 2018


Students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on “The Challenges of Climate Change”. The Geneva Challenge 2018 will distribute 25’000 CHF in monetary prizes and the finalists will be invited to publicly present their work in Geneva before a panel of high-level experts. Networking opportunities are also envisioned as part of the prize package.

The 2018 edition of the Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and is supported by Kofi Annan, the high-patron of the contest. The Geneva Challenge aims to encourage interdisciplinary problem-solving analysis among master students on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic.

As the key to this issue is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, graduate students from all academic programmes are invited to provide helpful strategic recommendations.

Registration for teams ends on 16th April 2018. The registration deadline is simply the date by which we need you to fill in the application and submit your proof of enrollment that confirms your status as master students. Following which you have four months to prepare your proposals, which are due by the submission deadline on 20th August 2018.

Main criteria

Participants of the ADG contest 2018 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest. Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000 words proposal which: identify a challenge stemming from climate change; сonstruct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context; propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.


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