WHO Reboot Health & Wellbeing Challenge 2020 – Keeping Young People Safe

The World Health Organization (WHO), supported by the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT)UNAIDS, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF, challenge you to use your bright minds and entrepreneurial skills to address one of the of urgent health challenges for the next decade : Keeping young people safe. The range of possible health innovation solutions that may be submitted include:

  • apps or games
  • wearables, digital technologies, tools or platforms, products
  • the creation or improvement of products, services, processes
  • new approaches to collaboration or communication, or new ways of engaging young people and/or other stakeholders
  • policy reform proposals

with a view to keeping young people safe across the world.

Health innovations are defined here as the creation or improvement of virtual, physical or digital products, services, processes, or systems to improve public health.

Think about the potential for innovations to flow across the world. Perhaps an innovation in a low-income country can have an impact in a high-income country. Learning has no boundaries.

Please help think out of the box!

The winners and their proposals will be invited to an award ceremony at WHO’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2020 (date TBC), as part of a one week program with the Department for Digital Health and Innovation, and mentioned on the WHO public website.

hat do I need to submit?

Your submission to this challenge may happen between 4 March 2020 at 10 am and 15 April 2020 at 11:59 PM (all times are New York, USA time), and must include:

  • A one-page short description of your idea, solutions or tool (max 400 words)
  • A video of yourself/yourselves explaining the solution (max 2 minutes)
  • An online working solution or prototype of your tool (preferred), or a video of it in action (max 2 minutes).
  • Source code of the solution (This refers to the computer programmes, data files, and other electronic files to make your tool or solution work. These files should be hosted in a publicly accessible repository on the Internet (e.g. GitHub, bitbucket or similar)). Only original, open source work is accepted; however, your solution may also make use of other existing open source libraries.
  • (OPTIONAL) If your submission is a policy reform proposal, you may submit an additional document. However, the one-page short description (point 1 above) must contain all the key aspects of your proposal.

Whatever your solution, it needs to be your original work.

Submissions are allowed in any of the six official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

Challenge Phases & Timeline (All times are in New York, USA time zone)

4 March 2020: entry into the challenge starts. The whole world is invited to ‘like’ and comment on their favorite ideas as long as the challenge is open. 

4 March-15 April 2020: challenge runs online. Public review and comments enabled.

15 April 2020 at 11:59 PM: deadline for submission of solutions

15 April 2020 – 22 April 2020 at 11:59 PM: Public review and comments continue.

June 2020: Up to three (3) winners are announced on WHO website and invited to an award ceremony at WHO’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland as part of a one week program with the Department for Digital Health and Innovation.

How the proposals will be evaluated

A maximum of 20 submissions will be shortlisted for review by a panel. Submissions will be shortlisted having regard to public feedback on the Unite Ideas platform and the extent to which the proposals meet the evaluation criteria. Submissions may also be shortlisted, where WHO considers, in its sole discretion, that it is of outstanding technical competence.

Shortlisted solutions will be evaluated by a panel composed of representatives of WHO, UNAIDS, WFP, UNICEF and UN-OICT. The panel will review proposals against the below criteria:

Criteria to be applied in first review round (identifying the top 20 proposals from the total pool of submissions):

1. Alignment with challenge objective – helping keep young people safe – and WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work & Triple Billion Goals
2. Impact effectiveness: evidence or likelihood of impact
3. Degree of innovativeness
4. Technical quality, including sound evidence, data analysis & accuracy of results

Additional criteria to be applied in the second review round (identifying up to three (3) winning proposals among the top 20 submissions):

5. Clarity of any investment and other scale-up needs to increase impact of the solution
6. Inclusiveness: the approach is user-friendly, and affordable by the poor, or more cost-effective than the status quo, and has the potential to be used by a large number of people, enhancing equity, access and impact
7. The extent to which respect for gender diversity and involvement of people affected by or living with the respective issue/risk/disease/condition are demonstrated in the development of the solution.

Will I own my solution after I submit it?

You remain the owner of any solution or content you submit. However, all the inputs and outputs of this project are required to be covered by recognized open-source and creative commons licenses. This means that other people will be able to use your solution as per the conditions specified on the open-source license you choose. You will be asked to accept terms and conditions and Application Rules prior to submitting any content. Read terms and conditions and Application Rules.


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