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The British Council is inviting individuals, groups and organisations to enter the 2019 #IdeasChangeLives Challenge by submitting creative digital solutions for 1 of the following 3 UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 4: Quality education – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  • SDG 5: Gender equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

The #IdeasChangeLives Challenge is a global innovation challenge to find digital solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.


The winner will receive £20,000 in prize money to develop his/her product, no matter what stage it is at.

British Council’s team of digital experts will help the winner to develop his/her idea at the winner’s own pace. The winner will have the opportunity to connect with others and develop further partnerships through access to global networks, events and sector expertise.

The winner will also get tailor-made, on-going mentorship from the British Council as well as advice from subject matter experts on how to potentially grow and scale-up the winner’s idea.


Applicants can be individuals, groups of individuals, companies, partnerships, associations or other organisations of any size from anywhere in the world. They should be people with a fresh, entrepreneurial spirit and a big idea that has the potential to make a positive impact for communities across the globe.

Early stage applications are accepted, which means that entrants do not need to have a working prototype when they make their  application. Applicants do not need to be working in the digital or technology sector.

They should submit thoughtful, creative and unusual digital solutions. They need to be clear about which 1 of The Global Goals they are focusing on and the problem their idea could help to solve. They also should consider how people will benefit from that idea, why the need and idea are compelling, and why their idea is different.


Applications are to be done online by 10 January 2020.

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