SDG Open Innovation Camp 2023 for Youth from the Greater Bay Area

  • DATE / TIME:
    2023•05•08 - 2023•05•10

    The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  are an important part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. The SDGs present an urgent call for global action to promote human development by working in partnership to improve health, well-being, education, and gender equity, eliminate poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and futures of all people.

    Innovation is a key factor in achieving sustainable development. To meet the SDGs we need to leverage digital technologies and develop innovative solutions together.  The aim of this event is to support young people to grow their knowledge and skills to collaboratively engage with open-source technology to address the critical sustainability issues that are faced by their communities. Open source technology enables interdisciplinary collaboration that integrates information across various cultures and disciplines by utilizing big data, the internet, and other emerging technologies. By empowering youth with open-source technology skills, we aim to create pathways to sustainable development.

    Three partners Chaihuo Maker SpaceUnited Nations University Institute in Macau, and the Macao Environmental Protection General Association have come together to host this Open Innovation Camp. Co-organizers include cross-industry and cross-disciplinary organizations such as Seeed Studio, Macau Youth Technology Exchange Association, and Equals Global Partnership. With open-source technology as the pivot point, the event aims to leverage youth-designed and led projects that address sustainability issues.

    The event will be held at the United Nations University Institute in Macau’s offices in Macao SAR. This location which serves as an important link for international exchanges and cooperation in the Greater Bay Area, has a foundation for innovative technology experiments, and is a critical hub for the United Nations in the region. We aim for the Innovation Camp, which brings together young people from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, to address the eight most pressing sustainable development issues in the city. Across three days of immersive open-source technology training, skills practice, and efficient co-creation, we hope to produce innovative solutions that are applicable and replicable, explore the technology and applications of scientific and technological innovation in urban and ecologically sustainable development, and deeply discuss how to build an inclusive, sustainable, and resilient city.

    The SDG Open Innovation Camp 2023 for Youth from the Greater Bay Area is designed to achieve action for sustainable development. The camp focuses on the 8 key areas of sustainable development aligned with the broader SDGs, aiming to cultivate participants’ open-source technology application skills, innovation abilities, and sustainable development awareness. It supports engagement by both women and men, with a gender balance of participants, judges, and speakers, encourages cross-border collaboration to identify, explore, and solve problems with creative thinking, enhances participants’ technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and creation, and ultimately seeks to empower youth to make positive change in the region.

    For more details and to register, please go to: Open Recruitment of SDG Open Innovation Camp 2023 for Youth from the Greater Bay  – Latest Open Tech From Seeed (