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What you will learn?

  • Learn the PIE Method; Prepr’s 3-phase problem solving framework
  • Tackle a challenge that you’re passionate about – choose a global goal & measure impact
  • Learn to adopt a mindset of Agility & Growth through critical thinking, creativty, curiousty and collaboration
  • Create and showcase a project you’re passionate about and build your professional portfolio

What you will get?

  • A Prepr Challenge Kit (Valued at $29.99+tax) for all attendees
  • A chance to win prizes for best project
  • Participant certificate badge
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winner trophy
  • A chance to win a a paid summer internship with Prepr*

The Schedule:

This is a 3-day Innovation Challenge Workshop

Day 1 – Friday February 1, 2019

5:30 pm – Registration & Networking

6:30 pm – Opening of Event – Agenda

6:45 pm – Background on UN SDG by local UN Partner

7:15 pm – PIE Methiod Overview & Challenge Process (Team Formation, Project Requirements)

8:00 pm – New Teams co-LAB

8:30 pm – Closing

Day 2 – Saturday February 2, 2019

9:00 am – Networking & Continental Breakfast

10:00 am – Unpacking the UN SDG Challenge

11:00 am – Growth Mindset and Agile Teams

11:30 am – Team Break-out & Complete Think Agile & Build Team Worksheets

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Innovation Overview – Engage & Synthesize

1:45 pm – Team Break-out – Engage & Synthesize Worksheets

3:30 pm – Innovation Overview – Ideate, Create and Evaluate

4:30 pm – Team Break-out – Ideate, Create and Evaluate Worksheets

6:00 pm – Wrap-up Day 2

Day 3 – Sunday February 3, 2019

9:00 am – Team Work & Continental Breakfast

11:00 am – Peer Review Session – Co-LAB

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Team Work – Final Pitch

3:00 pm – Final Pitch Presentations & Evaluation Begins

5:00 pm – Top 3 Projects Announced & Next Steps

About the UN SDG Challenge?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

Ending poverty requires universal social protection systems aimed at safeguarding all individuals throughout the life cycle. It also requires targeted measures to reduce vulnerability to disasters and to address specific underserved geographic areas within each country.

After a prolonged decline, world hunger appears to be on the rise again. Conflict, drought and disasters linked to climate change are among the key factors causing this reversal in progress.

Many more people today are living healthier lives than in the past decade. Nevertheless, people are still suffering needlessly from preventable diseases, and too many are dying prematurely. Overcoming disease and ill health will require concerted and sustained efforts, focusing on population groups and regions that have been neglected.

More than half of children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Refocused efforts are needed to improve the quality of education. Disparities in education along the lines of gender, urban-rural location and other dimensions still run deep, and more investments in education infrastructure are required, particularly in LDCs.

While some forms of discrimination against women and girls are diminishing, gender inequality continues to hold women back and deprives them of basic rights and opportunities. Empowering women requires addressing structural issues such as unfair social norms and attitudes as well as developing progressive legal frameworks that promote equality between women and men.

Too many people still lack access to safely managed water supplies and sanitation facilities. Water scarcity, flooding and lack of proper wastewater management also hinder social and economic development. Increasing water efficiency and improving water management are critical to balancing the competing and growing water demands from various sectors and users.

Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all has come one step closer due to recent progress in electrification, particularly in LDCs, and improvements in industrial energy efficiency. However, national priorities and policy ambitions still need to be strengthened to put the world on track to meet the energy targets for 2030

Globally, labour productivity has increased and the unemployment rate has decreased. However, more progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, especially for young people, reduce informal employment and labour market inequality (particularly in terms of the gender pay gap), promote safe and secure working environments, and improve access to financial services to ensure sustained and inclusive economic growth.

Steady progress has been made in the manufacturing industry. To achieve inclusive and sustainable industrialization, competitive economic forces need to be unleashed to generate employment and income, facilitate international trade and enable the efficient use of resources.

Efforts have been made in some countries to reduce income inequality, increase zero-tariff access for exports from LDCs and developing countries, and provide additional assistance to LDCs and small island developing States (SIDS). However, progress will need to accelerate to reduce growing disparities within and among countries.

Many cities around the world are facing acute challenges in managing rapid urbanization— from ensuring adequate housing and infrastructure to support growing populations, to confronting the environmental impact of urban sprawl, to reducing vulnerability to disasters.

Decoupling economic growth from resource use is one of the most critical and complex challenges facing humanity today. Doing so effectively will require policies that create a conducive environment for such change, social and physical infrastructure and markets, and a profound transformation of business practices along global value chains.

The year 2017 was one of the three warmest on record and was 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period. An analysis by the World Meteorological Organization shows that the five-year average global temperature from 2013 to 2017 was also the highest on record. The world continues to experience rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions. This calls for urgent and accelerated action by countries as they implement their commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Advancing the sustainable use and conservation of the oceans continues to require effective strategies and management to combat the adverse effects of overfishing, growing ocean acidification and worsening coastal eutrophication. The expansion of protected areas for marine biodiversity, intensification of research capacity and increases in ocean science funding remain critically important to preserve marine resources.

Protection of forest and terrestrial ecosystems is on the rise, and forest loss has slowed. That said, other facets of terrestrial conservation continue to demand accelerated action to protect biodiversity, land productivity and genetic resources and to curtail the loss of species.

Many regions of the world continue to suffer untold horrors as a result of armed conflict or other forms of violence that occur within societies and at the domestic level. Advances in promoting the rule of law and access to justice are uneven. However, progress is being made in regulations to promote public access to information, albeit slowly, and in strengthening institutions upholding human rights at the national level.

Goal 17 seeks to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda, bringing together national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and other actors. Despite advances in certain areas, more needs to be done to accelerate progress. All stakeholders will have to refocus and intensify their efforts on areas where progress has been slow.

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Fri, Feb 1, 2019, 5:30 PM – Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 6:00 PM EST

Wilfrid Laurier University 67 Darling Street, MDC 111 Brantford, Ontario N3T 2K6 Canada

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