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#IdeasChangeLives International Challenge 2018

Publish Date: Oct 24, 2018

Deadline: Nov 23, 2018

Partner with us to change lives

Do you have a great digital idea that has the potential to create a better world?

If so, please enter the #IdeasChangeLives challenge. You could win a prize of £20,000 and the chance to work with the British Council's Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team on an initiative to help achieve one of six of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Last year, we reached 758 million people through our work.

We are looking for organisations, groups, or talented individuals, to work with us on creating hyper-innovative digital solutions.

You should have a vision for how your idea could improve the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people.

This challenge gives you a genuine chance to change the world and improve the lives of some of the world's most disadvantaged people - what's your idea?


Create a digital solution to help achieve one of six of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The target date for achieving the SDGs is 2030.

Your digital solution must help the world address one, or more, of these six SDGs:

SDG 4 - Quality education
SDG 5 - Gender equality
SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth
SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions

We have focussed on these six, as they most closely align with our work. We will work in partnership with you to realise your idea and then promote it to reach people (especially young people) in any or all of the more than 100 countries that we work in.

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Eligibility, timeline and prizes


#IdeasChangeLives is open to individuals and companies of any size based anywhere in the world. You can enter as an individual, group of individuals, company, partnership, association or other organisation.


Launch: 15 October 2018
Entries close: midnight GMT 23 November 2018
Finalists announced: 30 November 2018
Finalists present virtually: 10-14 December 2018
Winners announced: noon GMT 21 December 2018


Up to two winning entries will receive prizes of £20,000 each, funded by the Friends of the British Council.

In addition, each winner will have the chance to work collaboratively with the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team to develop a minimum viable product (MVP) based on their idea.

Once each MVP is ready, we will agree with the winner what the next phase of work is. From there we hope to develop a longer-lasting partnership, promoting the work through our network in more than 100 countries.

We have identified a collaborative approach to intellectual property (IP), which is important to all partnerships. You can read about this in the terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions

Please read the Terms and conditions.

Judging criteria

The shortlisting and judging panels will assess entries on the following criteria:

Positive impact

Does your idea propose a genuine, life-changing solution to one of the above SDGs?


Does your idea have the potential to change the lives of hundreds of thousands, or millions, of people through a digital engagement?


How would the partnership between you and us bring real value to the innovative digital idea? Also, how would it complement the existing work and role of the British Council?

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL"  below.

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