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UNICC & Columbia SPS Think-a-Thon Competition and Award Ceremony

In collaboration with the United Nations International Computing Centre and Columbia University School of Professional Studies, this Think-a-Thon Challenge invites students and alumni of Columbia University, along with their teammates from all over the world to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The United Nations 17 SDGs address the major global challenges we face and serve as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

To participate in the UNICC Think-a-Thon teams are invited to select ONE of two challenge prompts:

1.Gender Equality


2. Climate Change

and propose a solution that makes a positive impact in these areas.

Finalists will receive mentorship from the subject matter experts from the UNICC to work on real-world solutions for the two challenge prompts above, have a chance to win cash prizes to advance their projects, and the opportunity to present to UNICC delegates while working on a real-world solution to a global issue.

Award Compensation:
1st Place–⁠$10,000 to split between the team members
2nd Place⁠–⁠$10,000 to split between the team members
Audience Choice⁠–⁠$5,000 to split between the team members

LIVE COMPETITION: September 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET

All final teams will present their solutions to a live audience. Judges will offer feedback, the audience will select their favorite team, and challenge winners will be announced!