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2018 Summit Highlights

 
 

2018 saw our inaugural summit which brought over outstanding 200 youth to our platform, developing over 30 new solutions to global challenges. Leveraging technology and our digital platform, we broke down the barriers of geography and access, allowing more people to join conversations, and connect with like-hearted individuals ready to collaborate for a better future.

 

Hack for the SDGs

April 7-8, 2018

Hack for the SDGs was our inaugural Summit, and hosted over 75 young people from all backgrounds to tackle SDGs 1-5. 17 teams competed to pitch their solutions to our expert judging panel, with SDG 5 Team Tawukkul Karman coming out on top with their solution “She Matters.”

She Matters is an NGO working within N’Djamena, Chad to empower females through equipping them with soft skills required to make an income for themselves; freeing them from being financial burdens

 
 
 Team Tawukkul Karman tackling SDG 5 with their project She Matters. Teammates from Team Tawukkul Karman represented Libya, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and Nigeria.

Team Tawukkul Karman tackling SDG 5 with their project She Matters. Teammates from Team Tawukkul Karman represented Libya, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and Nigeria.

 
 

Equal Opportunities for All

June 30 - July 1, 2018

Our second Summit, Equal Opportunities for All, tackled SDGs 4 and 5, with the objective of overcoming barriers relating to gender equality and education. 10 teams worked to develop solutions to their challenges, but Team Kofi Annan of SDG 4 came out on top with their project “Brain Fertilizer.” Brain Fertilizer converts food waste and animal manure into fertilizer, which will be sold to farmers to provide meals for 1000 students in 13 parent schools in Mokolo, Northern Cameroon. Worldchangers on Team Kofi Annan represented Estonia, Syria, Cameroon, Japan, and Peru.

 
 Team Kofi Annan’s solution included components of SDG 2, SDG 4, and SDG 13.

Team Kofi Annan’s solution included components of SDG 2, SDG 4, and SDG 13.

 
 

Hack for the Planet

September 1-2, 2018

UNITE 2030: Hack for the Planet brought 60 young people from over 40 different countries working together to collaborate on SDGs 12, 13, 14, and 15, disrupting the status quo to challenge our existing strategies for a better tomorrow. Climate challenges are the challenges of the next generation, and with that in mind, Worldchangers worked tirelessly over 48-hours to develop solutions to climate-based challenges. The winning Team, Team Al Gore, created a project called Treeway, a mobile application that tracks the user’s payment transactions and proceeds to use one of three optional methods - rounding up, percentage of purchase, or fixed donation amount - to donate money to existing carbon offset, reforestation, or rewilding projects run by existing partner companies.

 Team Al Gore represented India, the USA, Kenya, and Italy/Brazil.

Team Al Gore represented India, the USA, Kenya, and Italy/Brazil.

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Individual Awards

During each UNITE 2030 Summit, we award several individual awards for Emerging Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Youth Leaders, and the most prestigious of all, the Outstanding Worldchanger Award.

At the end of each Summit, we award one Outstanding Worldchanger who demonstrated exemplary qualities of a dedicated worldchanger - someone who showed innovation, creativity, leadership skills, passion, and willingness to step out of their comfort zone.

Below are the stories of some of our previous Outstanding Worldchanger winners.

 
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Ghalia Turki - Syria

A two-time Alumni of UNITE 2030 and UNITEx Local Ambassador, Ghalia won the Outstanding Worldchanger award for our inaugural event in April 2018. Ghalia is a Syrian activist and social entrepreneur, Project Associate at UNRWA, Translator at TEDx, and Founder/CEO of Magmacademy.

 
 
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Marilena Maragkou - Greece

Marilena, one of IDHouse’s Youth Delegates for 2017-2018, participated in UNITE 2030: Equal Opportunities for All at the recommendation of her brother, Konstantinos, who participated in UNITE 2030: Hack for the SDGs. Marilena, a Co-Founder of WeAfriHug, a voluntary initiative aimed to empower youth in African communities through non-formal education. Marilena spent several months living in Africa implementing her project.

 
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Nour Kanso - Lebanon

Nour Kanso is our Outstanding Worldchanger for UNITE 2030: Hack for the Planet. She is a WASH and Entrepreneurship Officer for the Near East Foundation, and has previously worked for several other Middle Eastern-based organizations with a focus on the environment.

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