G-STIC 2018 Challenges

Your chance to propose innovative ideas that hold potential for achieving the SDGs

Take up the challenge

and win a free participation in G-STIC 2018


The G-STIC 2018 Challenges are launched to encourage students, PhD students, junior researchers, start-ups and SMEs worldwide to come up with original and innovative ideas on new technological solutions that hold great potential for achieving the SDGs. 

As a participant, you will not just be invited to pitch your ideas related to any of the 6 technology themes addressed by the G-STIC 2018 conference. You will also be given the opportunity to join the peer review process, and elect the winning video pitch within your theme. All participants will receive a request to evaluate up to 5 pitches on our online platform, providing them with a unique opportunity to interact with other participants. 

Why participate?

The G-STIC 2018 Challenges provide you with a unique opportunity to join the dialogue on technologies for the SDGs

  • improving your pitching skills and interacting with other participants,
  • having your video pitch displayed at the G-STIC 2018 conference,
  • meeting with experts during the conference, and contributing to G-STIC’s goal to accelerate global action on technology development and deployment.

And all of this comes for free, as all winners will be invited to participate in the G-STIC 2018 Conference free of charge. The winners of the Student & Research Challenges will be invited to present their idea in the solicited thematic session. The winner of the Start-up & SME Challenge will be offered a free booth at the G-STIC 2018 Exhibition.


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How to participate?


If you are joining the Student Challenge, you will be asked to frame your pitch by presenting a 1-page review of existing SDG-relevant technology developments and/or business concepts within the theme you’ve selected. A short video pitch should then discuss which new technological solution or business concept should be developed, and why and how this will make a difference in achieving the SDGs.

If you participate in the Research Challenge, you will be invited to provide a 1-page overview of state-of-the-art technologies related to the theme you are contributing to. As part of that overview, you should also identify the technology that – if applied worldwide – has the greatest potential to contribute to achieving the SDGs. A short video pitch should then illustrate how your personal research goes beyond one or more state-of-the-art technologies listed in your overview, and how it impacts the achievement of the SDGs. 

After registering online, you will be invited to submit a pitch related to any of the G-STIC 2018 technology themes:

  1. Agroecology
  2. Circular Economy
  3. Education
  4. Energy Positive Communities
  5. Geospatial data
  6. Health
  7. Waste water as a resource


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If you are joining the Start-up & SME Challenge, you will be invited to provide a 1-page overview of state-of-the-art technologies related to the theme you are contributing to. A short video pitch should then illustrate how your technology or business concept goes beyond one or more state-of-the-art technologies listed in your 1-page overview, and how it will impact the achievement of the SDGs.

After registering online, you will be invited to submit a pitch related to any of the G-STIC 2018 technology themes:

  1. Agriculture & food
  2. Circular Economy
  3. Electric Mobility
  4. Energy Positive Communities
  5. ICT
  6. Ocean Industry
  7. Sustainable Building
  8. Waste water as a resource


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The timeline for the G-STIC 2018 Challenges


Access to online pitch platform Starting June 15th
Submit your pitch online Before July 31st
Participate in online peer review Between August 15th & September 15th
Announcement of the winners September 30th

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