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Upcoming opportunities

2023 edition of The Geneva Challenge

Advancing Development Goals International Contest for graduate students

The Geneva Challenge, hosted by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and aims to encourage interdisciplinary problem-solving analysis among master students on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic.

This year, students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on "The Challenges of Loneliness".

As the key to this issue is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, we are inviting Master students from all academic programmes and from anywhere in the world to provide helpful strategic recommendations. Five prizes, one per continent, will be distributed.

Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000 words proposal which:
• identifies a challenge related to loneliness;
• constructs an interdisciplinary analysis to address the identified challenge;
• proposes innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into a development opportunity.

The Geneva Challenge 2023 will distribute 25’000 CHF in monetary prizes and the five finalist teams will be invited (travel and accommodation expenses covered) to publicly present their work in Geneva before a panel of high-level experts. Networking opportunities are also envisioned as part of the prize package.
Registrations close on 23 April 2023
Submission due by 14 July 2023

More information is available on THE GENEVA CHALLENGE 2023 | IHEID

Past opportunities

Social Data Science Student Hackathon 2022

Are you a Bachelor or High School student interested in social issues and loves programming too? Challenge yourself at Central European University’s 48-hour online hackathon sponsored by the CIVICA Alliance and use your creativity and coding skills to solve socially important problems.

Participating students (either individually or in teams of up to 3 students) will be provided with a dataset at the beginning of the hackathon and will be challenged to create infographics or to develop a machine learning pipeline in order to solve their assigned problem. Mentoring sessions with members of CEU’s Department of Network and Data Science will be available as well.

The entire hackathon will start at 7 pm on Friday 11 November 2022 and will end at 7pm on Sunday 13 November 2022.

For all the details on the program, prizes and to register please click here, registrations will be accepted until Friday 11 November at 10am.

Hackathon Synlab

La cultura del valore dei dati

Start Date 19/09/2022
End Date 10/10/2022

The purpose of the challenge aims to promote the culture of innovation in the Healthcare ecosystem and provide a valuable training opportunity for the bright students involved.

Moreover, the event will represent a significant pratical training not only on idea incubation approches, but also on design thinking techniques.

The entire hackathon will start on November 2, 2022 02.00 PM and will end on November 4, 2022 02.00 PM.

Please check out the complete and detailed program for more information.

Spring 2021 ETF Global Portfolio Challenge

The ETF Global Portfolio Challenge is a web-based simulated investment challenge designed to serve as a fun and educational tool intended to help educate students about investing in Exchange-Traded-Products. Through this website, investors will construct a portfolio utilizing between four and ten ETPs using a virtual endorsement of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000). Players will attempt to pick the top-performing portfolios of ETFs. Each participant will compete on the investment performance of their respective virtual portfolio.

Registration for the Spring 2021 ETF Global Portfolio Challenge closes on Friday, February 19th

For further information: https://etfportfoliochallenge.com/ 

2021 SAIF MF International Youth Leadership Finance Summit (IYLFS)

Registration deadline: Dec. 8th, 2020 (GMT +8)

The International Youth Leadership Finance Summit (IYLFS) is a student competition hosted by the Master of Finance (MF) Program of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. IYLFS aims to provide an interaction and learning platform for outstanding undergraduate students, as well as to cultivate their leadership, communication and organizational skills.

Click here for further information

futurEU Competition - have your idea about EU reform heard

Individual registration deadline November 30 2020
Team registration deadline 18 December 2020

futurEU (student-led initiative founded in 2019 by graduate students of the Hertie School) is organising a student competition with the support of the Jacques Delors Centre Berlin, the Hertie School and CIVICA.

The goal of the competition is to provide CIVICA students with a platform to encourage them to actively find and propose policy solutions tackling questions of EU reform.

For further information please visit this website.

Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC)

Early Bird Submission Deadline: October 9th, 2020

With this competition offering $80,000 in prizes each year, The New York Times wrote, “[The QEC is] one of the longest-running and best-known undergraduate business plan competitions in the world.”

The QEC is student-run and judged by executives from companies such as Google, CIBC, and Accenture. Located in the heart of Toronto, Ontario, the competition attracts attendees from some of the largest investment firms and corporations. The competition is open to all undergraduate students with an entrepreneurial business.
The competition covers all industries and is an exceptional opportunity to kickstart and develop an entrepreneurial initiative.

For further information please visit https://theqec.com/

AUC Real Life Global Competition

The Student Union's Real Life Competition (SURL) is a well-established academic initiative under the American University in Cairo (AUC). It is no ordinary competition. This competition gives you the chance to contribute in solving real life challenges that intertwine between different societies all around the world.

This year the competition will be focusing, specifically, on finding ways to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidificatition.

Teams have to consist of four undergraduate students. There is no restriction with regards to gender, or class standing. However, there can only be a maximum of two students from the same major. Further, all students have to be enrolled in the same university.

Kindly visit the official website of the competition, www.reallifecompetition.org for further information.

5th edition of Social Business Creation competition (SBC) 

This is the final reminder for Institutional applications as the deadline is February 28th 2020.

For 2020’s edition, SBC is offering $125,500 CAD in several prizes to participating teams for their business development as well as to institutions for their social impact creation.

Students enter with a social mission idea and, over the course of 8 months, they will develop their idea into a real business with the dual objective of profitability and positive social impacts.

Institutions enter through their students' projects and proposals to create impacts.

Not only a global competition, Social Business Creation is a training platform that provides online courses as well as training in Montreal for students, professionals, educators, and program administrators.

The registration link for universities: http://igchec.com/register-as-a-university/

Yonsei Journal of International Studies:  Call for papers

The Yonsei Journal of International Studies (YJIS) is a bi-annual interdisciplinary journal affiliated
with the Center for International Studies, and organized by the Yonsei University Graduate School of
International Studies in Seoul, South Korea. The YJIS welcomes submissions from all scholars,
especially graduate students and junior professors that fall within the diverse field of International
They are currently accepting submissions for the upcoming 2020 Spring/Summer issue.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, March 2, 2020

Visit this page for more info.

50th St. Gallen Symposium — Global Essay Competition

Deadline: February 1st, 2020
By competing in the Global Essay Competition, graduate and postgraduate students will get the chance to win the St Gallen Wings of Excellence Award and qualify for the participation ad a Leader of Tomorrow in the 50th St Gallen Symposium on May 7-8, 2020. This is an opportunity to meet 300 of the world's brightest young minds, present and debate your ideas with 600 senior leaders, be inspired by some of the world's most impressive speakers and gain a unique and new perspective on this year's topic: Freedom Revisited. Essays will need to be submitted by February 1st, 2020 and will need to address the following topic: "Which aspects of freedom need to be defended, or recalibrated, to meet the challenges of our time?" Further information on applications are available here: Global essay competition

HEC Business Game

Deadline: 19 January

HEC Business Game Applications open NOW!

On 24-25 April 2020 meet industry leaders and solve cases with students from all around the world at HEC Paris. Join 180 participants from all around the world for a weekend of intensely creative fun and build networkduring an afterparty in Paris

Shaping the Milan of the Future Hackathon

Deadline: April 22nd, 2019
A one-day challenge organized by Citi ventures and Milano Municipality on Monday May 6th, open to students attending Bocconi University with international exposure: students who took part in a study abroad program,international students and exchange students in Milan are welcome to join. Grand prize winner will receive a trip to Citi's Innovation Hub in Tel-Aviv. During the day, you will be working in teams to generate new ideas and innovative solutions to improve Milan attractiveness for international talents. More information here: https://shapingthemilanofthefuture.splashthat.com/n

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