Open Geneva gets replicated once again in Singapore under the name SDG Open Hack! Singapore
After Beijing (2019-2020) and Shenzhen (2020) as SDG Open Hack! Tsinghua, Open Geneva gets replicated once again in Singapore under the name SDG Open Hack! Singapore.
During one weekend, 22-23 May 2021, SDG Open Hack! Singapore will gather practitioners from the private sector, such as City Developments Limited, MSCI and Prudential, with students and innovation labs from 5 major Singapore universities : Nanyang Technology University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Social Sciences, and Singapore University of Technology and Design.
As the international brand of Open Geneva, SDG Open Hack! aims at establishing a global community of innovators, from citizens, to social and humanitarian activists, to impact entrepreneurs and investors, to technology experts, with deep connection and lasting ties with International Organizations and Institutions in Geneva. The SDG Open Hack! Communities shall mutually benefit local communities through impact innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as international organizations through bottom-up solutions built in direct cooperation with global institutions, following the core spirit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a collaborative bottom up framework (c.f., SDG 17).
Open Geneva, together with the University of Geneva – Geneva Tsinghua Initiative (UNIGE / GTI) and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), are providing support and advisory to the local organizing team led by Christina Lee, CEO & Founder of Global Green Economic Forum (GGEF). Support includes providing access to our knowledge base, to our digital tools to run online hackathons, and to provide pro bono advisory on how to run best the first edition of SDG Open Hack! Singapore, in an open source spirit. Further, Open Geneva is glad to share its slightly rebranded logo, which reflects the Open Geneva spirit of sharing while letting local organizers ample freedom to adapt their innovation festival to fit best local conditions.
With UNIGE/GTI and UNITAR, we are further glad to collaborate on delivering the SDG Innovation Bootcamp training session on 20-21 May 2021 prior to SDG Open Hack! Singapore, and in continuation of the 2020 Fall series of SDG Innovation Bootcamps, aimed at educating and engaging individuals in the process of innovation for the SDGs. In particular, Afroditi Anastasaki (UNITAR) and Dr. Thomas Maillart (UNIGE), who are members of the Open Geneva executive committee, will deliver teaching on how to (i) shape challenges for SDG innovation hackathons, (i) fill the SDG innovation canvas, to best position innovation for sustainable development, and (iii) harness community building for the continuous improvement of SDG Innovation projects that will be continued after the end of SDG Open Hack!, locally and in close connection with International Organizations in Geneva and globally.
The opening ceremony of SDG Open Hack! on May 22nd 2021 (4pm SGT) will feature Mr. Fabrice Filliez, Ambassador of Switzerland in Singapore, Mr Jonas Haertle, Chief at the Office of Executive Director, UNITAR, Mrs Esther Ann, Chief Sustainability Officer of City Developments Limited, Mr. Brian Koh, Director of Ecosystem Development, NUS Enterprise, and Mrs Christina Lee, CEO & Founder of GGEF & Global Green Connect.
For SDG Open Hack! Singapore, UNIGE, UNITAR and Open Geneva received financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, for a project aimed at introducing open innovation practices more widely throughout South-East Asia.
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