United Nations' 'Reboot The Earth': Youth Tech Challenge

The Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth and the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology have organized 'Reboot The Earth,' a social coding event that brings young computer programmers, scientists and other interested people together under the auspices of the United Nations to improve upon or build a new software program that addresses the current climate crisis.

The Education Team at the Embassy of India, Washington D.C., encourages all interested Indian students and youth, as well as all interested eligible participants, to register and partake in this event towards achieving our common goal and tackling our generations' greatest challenge: climate change.

The Contest | Through a series of hackathons in four continents, young people, including students will be presented with the opportunity to use open data and apply tech concepts and practices to solve climate crisis, depending on the community needs and location, the hackathons can focus on a platform such as mobile apps, a desktop operating system, web development or video game development.


The Format | Participants will use a well-structured taxonomy of challenges, and using available and open source data will engage in a human-centered design and strategic problem-solving process. With assistance from mentors who coach participants towards the development of a final product or idea before it is presented to a panel of judges. The ideas, tools and proposals submitted through this Climate Challenge Hackathon will be carefully researched and selected by a diverse jury of reviewers. The selected ideas and tools as well as the key individuals and organizations who originated the ideas and contributed to their implementation in each phase of the challenge will be featured at United Nations Climate Change Youth Summit and websites.


The Mentorship | There will be 2 different types of mentoring available: Technical Mentoring, answering any IT-related questions you may have, and Substantive Mentoring, provision of advice related to the actual hackathon challenges.


The Prizes | One selected team from each challenge location will win a trip to New York City, USA at Reboot the Earth Award Ceremony on September 21, 2019, at the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019.The winning solution has an opportunity to be incubated in one of the global UN Technology Innovation Labs.Final solutions will stand a chance to be showcased at Davos in January 2020 during the week of the World Economic Forum.


The Locations | Participate in Reboot the Earth in any of the following locations:

            • New York, USA
            • Espoo, Finland
            • Cairo, Egypt
            • Gurugram, India (bordering New Delhi)
            • Cyberjaya, Malaysia