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.
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.
To date, we have had communities of technologists, academics, designers, and scientists: identify important connections between the global goals; visualize agreements and accountabilities from the 2014 World Humanitarian Summit; and work to open source a model that supports universal access to electricity.