WHO Reboot Health & Wellbeing Challenge 2020 – Keeping Young People Safe (Fully Funded trip to Geneva,Switzerland)


Application Deadline:15 April 2020 at 11:59 PM

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.


Individuals and groups of up to four (4) individuals are invited to respond to the challenge by submitting a proposed solution to the challenge.

There are no age restrictions.

Only one (1) submission is allowed per individual or group of individuals.

Submissions must be made in your own personal capacity, and not as representative of an organization.

Submissions will be accepted globally, but priority will be given to submissions that demonstrate respect for gender diversity and involvement of young people exposed to, affected by or living with the issue/risk/disease/condition in the development of the respective solution.


All submissions will be featured on the challenge webpage on the Unite Ideas platform.

The winners and their proposals will be mentioned on the WHO public website and invited to attend an award ceremony at WHO’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2020 (date and other details TBC). Flights and accommodation will be covered by WHO, in accordance with its rules and procedures, for up to three winners (one individual representative of each winning proposal).

Winners will be featured on the challenge webpage on the Unite Ideas platform.


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.

Submission Procedure:

Your Submission 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).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the WHO Reboot Health & Wellbeing Challenge 2020


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