Open17 Climate Justice Challenge
utilising crowdsourcing to address issues of justice and the environment.
Process of Submission and Evaluation
Do you care deeply about climate justice and do you have a project or an idea that will help people and communities get ready for climate change? Next, make a proposal for your initiative, prototype, or idea that uses crowdsourcing to address a particular Climate Justice issue.
Any anyone, anywhere in the globe, is welcome to participate in the Open17 Challenge. You must be at least 16 to apply. Participants should have a strong command of both written and spoken English, and applications must be submitted in English.
- Create a Goodwall social network account (goodwall.io)
- Visit the Goodwall page for the #Open17ClimateJustice Challenge.
- Select “Share a Post” under “Take Part” and click.
- Create a one-minute video pitch for your idea and upload it.
- Be sure to include the hashtag #Open17ClimateJustice in the post’s title.
Selection Standards (Criteria)
Your concept was chosen based on its novelty, relevance, viability, and proper use of crowdsourcing.
• Novelty – the focus of your pitch should be your concept. Instead of talking about generic issues, describe a specific problem you want to fix in your neighbourhood.
• Relevance – your proposal should address climate justice, assisting those who are most at risk from climate change in strengthening their communities.
Be ambitious yet practical; your plan should be something you could accomplish with a little assistance from a few like-minded others.
• Crowdsourcing – Describe how you plan to motivate bigger groups of people to participate in advancing your idea through data collection or group action.
The Open17 Challenge will employ these selection criteria at all levels, namely to choose individuals for €100 prizes in August and September 2022 and to pay for travel and lodging for members of the best teams that have been invited to the conference in Geneva in March 2023.
For taking part in the Open17 Challenge, applicants have two options for compensation:
The top pitches for the Challenge on the Goodwall platform (August–September 2022) will receive weekly awards of €100 based on the four aforementioned criteria, as determined by two members of the Crowd4SDG consortium, or…
travel and lodging to attend a conference in Geneva (March 2023) to present proposals that, in accordance with the judgement of a jury made up of both consortium and outside members, successfully completed the GEAR innovation cycle shown in the Timeline below.
In August through September, weekly awards for pitches posted on the social network Goodwall might total up to €2500. Up to €7500 will be given to members of the two organisations for travel and lodging, top teams, for attending the conference in March.
All of us are impacted by climate change, but not equally. It is likely to result in disparities between present and future generations as well as within and between nations. The phrase “climate justice” refers to the framing of global warming as an ethical and political problem, as opposed to a solely environmental or physical one.
We are looking for suggestions for solutions that will improve everyone’s ability to prepare for climate change, especially the most vulnerable. You can influence national and regional policies by leveraging non-traditional data sources, such as social media, to present evidence about problematic and/or crucial circumstances.
Perhaps you have a brilliant concept for a climate justice solution and are looking for a group of collaborators that share your views. Or perhaps you already have a rough prototype and need assistance polishing it. Perhaps you are working on a project and could use some coaching. We are a group of researchers from a number of prestigious institutions and international organisations engaged in a European initiative called Crowd4SDG that can assist you in realising your concept.
You will gain knowledge of crowdsourcing techniques, project design, pitching, and prototyping by participating. Additionally, a UNITAR certificate will be sent to you. Top teams will also receive the chance to visit Geneva, Switzerland, to present their projects to SDG experts there!
Crowd4SDG can offer you several different crowdsourcing tools to support the development of a prototype towards reaching your goals. To get an idea of the tools, visit https://crowd4sdg.eu/about-2/tools/.
The Open17 Challenge is about tackling the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using Citizen Science. This year’s challenge focuses on SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and SDG 13 (Climate Action).
Applicants pitch a project that tackles specific Climate Justice challenges using crowdsourcing solutions, during August and September 2022. €100 prizes are awarded on a weekly basis to encourage prompt participation.
Also, 50 applicants will be selected to work in teams and receive online coaching to develop their project and deliver a compelling pitch, lasting 5 weeks for 2hrs per week (Oct-Nov). Participants who complete this phase will receive a certificate of completion from the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
The most promising projects, as selected by a jury of consortium members and external experts, will progress to an intensive online workshop focused on developing a working prototype, co-organized by CERN IdeaSquare and the Crowd4SDG partners. An objective of this phase is to make a working prototype of a Citizen Science project using Crowd4SDG tools. All teams that complete this phase will receive a further certificate for their prototype development.
Members from the two top teams, as selected by a further jury of consortium members and external experts, will be invited to an international conference in Geneva in March 2023, called the Geneva Trialogue, to present their projects in person to potential UN and NGO partner organizations and impact investors.
Examples of difficulties
The Crowd4SDG partners have received assistance from experts from UN organisations as well as National Statistical Offices in defining specific problems that address the justice and climate issues they are especially eager to track. They primarily concentrated on groups that were disproportionately affected but whose viewpoints might not have been fully represented, such as women, young people, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and other groups that needed to be identified in each national setting.
We’re seeking for suggestions for metrics or approaches to suggest improvements.
• vulnerable groups’ participation in climate decision-making and discussion
• Government responsiveness and public services for climate resilience
• Access to environmental justice is measured
monitoring environmental information access and addressing false or misleading information
impacts of climate change, conflict,
Timeline of programme
- Gather phase – Submit your idea by 30 September 2022 on Goodwall, a social network dedicated to connecting young talent with opportunities. Weekly prizes of €100 will be awarded to the most promising pitches. You will need to register on Goodwall first in order to submit a 1-minute video pitch. (here)
- Evaluate phase – October-November 2023. Selection of 50 participants according to criteria listed below. Participants will be organized into teams. Participants who complete the Open17 online coaching program will receive a certificate of completion from the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). This coaching will last five weeks with 2hrs/weeks of online coaching plus teamwork.
- Accelerate phase – December 2022 – February 2023. A jury will select five teams to participate in an online challenge-based innovation workshop co-organized by CERN IdeaSquare and Crowd4SDG partners. Teams that complete this phase will receive a further certificate for their prototype.
- Refine phase – March 2023. Members of the top two teams selected by a jury will have travel and accomodation covered to present their projects to potential UN and NGO partner organizations and impact investors during the Geneva Trialogue event in Geneva, Switzerland, on 16 March 2023 and at the Open Geneva Festival that follows the Trialogue.
- STAR Cycle – April-Dec 2023. This year, Crowd4SDG is teaming up with Yoma (Youth Agency Market), an initiative launched by UNICEF, to deploy some of the prototypes from the GEAR cycle through a STAR process (Spread, Tokenize, Analyse, Report). More details about the STAR process and support to teams for deployment will be provided in March 2023.
Yoma is carrying out operational research sponsored by the Botnar Foundation on the use of tokens to motivate participation in crowdsourcing for environmental monitoring by youth in Africa. The research has a focus on Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania. Research Partners are the Austrian Blockchain Center, Caliberco, CSIC, IIASA, R-Labs and the Université Paris Cite. The project is coordinated by the University of Geneva.