World Bank Group Youth Summit 2015 in USA

Application deadline: 03 October 2015

The World Bank Group Youth Summit 2015 invites young people from around the world to use their knowledge and creativity to crowd-source solutions for climate change that contribute to growth and development in developing and emerging countries.

Under the motto  If Not Us Then Who: Crowd-Sourcing Solutions for Climate Change, the event will gather exceptional future leaders in the field to share knowledge and provoke discussions on to inspire communities everywhere to take action.

We know motivated young professionals globally are already taking a stand against climate change and we want to give them an opportunity to present their creative solutions, and spark a global dialogue on innovative ways to address the reality of a warming planet.

Youth Summit 2015 will feature a live competition in which selected young professionals will present business or policy proposals on innovative ideas on how to mainstream climate change and achieve development needs in a specific World Bank Group client country.

Participants must submit proposals that provide business or policy level ideas (or a combination of both) on how to tackle climate change impacts and achieve development needs in a specific country.

The competition is open to individuals and teams of up to 5 people. Participants must be between the ages of 18 to 35, inclusive, by 11:59 PM EST November 17, 2015. Due to visa requirements, team captains are required to be 18 or older by October 3rd, 2015

Completed proposals must be submitted through the Youth Summit email account youthsummit@worldbank.org with the subject line, “WBG Youth Summit 2015 Climate Change Competition.”

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST on October 3rd, 2015. Each team or individual may only submit one proposal.

In order for your proposal to qualify it must:

  • Be between 2,000 – 3,000 words in length
  • Be a new idea (new ideas for expanding existing projects are also eligible, but must be clear how the new approach is different from what already exists)
  • Submitted in English
  • Submitted as one PDF, less than 10 MB
  • Cover the following aspects:

– Relevance and details of the innovative solution

– Detailed implementation strategy in the case of the policy solution or marketing and adoption strategy for the new product or service in the case of a business solution

– Potential challenges for implementation/adoption

– Financial projections for the costs of the solution and tentative identification of funding to cover them (Financial projection tables will not count for the word count)

– Expected outcome in terms of societal, and/or environmental savings/gains

•Include a completed Youth Summit Proposal Cover Sheet. Template available here

Qualifying proposals will be submitted to an evaluation committee for further review and competition finalists will be notified mid-October via email. Further, the individual or the team captain will be invited to come to Washington DC and present his/her proposal to a live audience and a jury of field experts.

The jury will select the winning proposal which will be announced at the closing ceremony along with a People’s Choice Winner determined by the audience. Prizes for the winning teams will be announced closer to the competition date

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