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Unite Ideas

Unite Ideas

A platform to address complex challenges by through open innovation

Unite Ideas is an online platform that allows staff from the UN system an opportunity to propose challenges to the public, academia, and civil society. Unite Labs took over the platform and challenges in January of 2016.

If my solution results in uplifting the standard of living of even a single family, I would count it as one of my greatest achievements.
— MR. RASHIK, WINNER OF #LINKSSDGS CHALLENGE

During each challenge, participants from across the world work on open-source solutions. By opening up the UN’s data to the public, we create opportunities for a much wider set of possible solutions. The winning solutions are showcased and open-sourced to be used by others at the UN, governments or civil society organizations to address their own unique needs.

This challenge allowed us to tap the creativity of the public to start to unravel [the] complexity and we are thrilled with the results.
— NIKHIL CHANDAVARKAR, CHIEF OF THE DIVISION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT’S OUTREACH & COMMUNICATION BRANCH

A sampling of Challenges:

Seoul Innovation Exchange

Seoul Innovation Exchange

RefugeesNow Hackathon @ the World Humanitarian Summit

RefugeesNow Hackathon @ the World Humanitarian Summit