British Council #IdeasChangeLives Challenge 2018 (£20,000 prize at Stake) – Scholarship and Grants Opportunities


    You could win a prize of £20,000 and the chance to work with the British Council Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team on an initiative to help achieve one of six of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Do you have a great digital idea that has the potential to create a better world?

    If so, please enter the #IdeasChangeLives challenge.

    The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

    British Council are looking for organisations, groups, or talented individuals, to work with us on creating hyper-innovative digital solutions.

    You should have a vision for how your idea could improve the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people.

    This challenge gives you a genuine chance to change the world and improve the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged people – what’s your idea?

    Create a digital solution to help achieve one of six of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The target date for achieving the SDGs is 2030.

    Your digital solution must help the world address one, or more, of these six SDGs:

    SDG 4 – Quality education
    SDG 5 – Gender equality
    SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
    SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
    SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
    SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions


    • #IdeasChangeLives is open to individuals and companies of any size based anywhere in the world. You can enter as an individual, group of individuals, company, partnership, association or other organisation.


    • In addition, each winner will have the chance to work collaboratively with the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team to develop a minimum viable product (MVP) based on their idea.
    • Once each MVP is ready, we will agree with the winner what the next phase of work is. From there we hope to develop a longer-lasting partnership, promoting the work through our network in more than 100 countries.


    Launch: 15 October 2018
    Entries close: midnight GMT 23 November 2018
    Finalists announced: 30 November 2018
    Finalists present virtually: 10-14 December 2018
    Winners announced: noon GMT 21 December 2018

    Visit the Official Webpage of the British Council #IdeasChangeLives Challenge 2018 


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