Youth Power Hacks

Young people hacking solutions to the #GlobalGoals.

Progress towards the Global Goals is way off-track, and the pandemic has made things worse.

But #YOUTHPOWER keeps moving forward. Young people’s skills, passion, determination and imagination is building a better world, right now.

Since January 2021, the Youth Power Panel has been working with Restless Development, Project Everyone, Unilever and thousands of young people on the Youth Power Hacks: six online hackathons held in six countries over three months, hacking solutions to help get the Global Goals delivered.

From May, the teams developed, tested and optimised their ideas. They were supported through training sessions, seed funding and mentorship, and worked with communities to tweak their innovations. 

In August, our top six teams competed in an online vote on Facebook to share their ideas with the world, before making a final pitch to a panel of judges. 

Now our top four teams have received funding from Unilever to make their ideas a reality.

Find out more:

Our Winning Teams

Our winning teams have received funding to make their ideas a reality. Hear from the young innovators about how they are doing this:

Ilustrado – the Philippines

Ilustrado is a crowd-lending platform that connects micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to investors. We match borrowers to local Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and capacity-building programs according to their needs.

I want to ensure that all people, regardless of their socioeconomic background, have access to financial services.

Mathena, from Ilustrado

Juicy Emergency – Indonesia

Juicy Emergency is preventing unwanted harvest and crop surpluses from becoming waste by upcycling them into valuable products through collaboration with pandemic-affected families to reduce carbon emissions.

I have a dream that one day this world will recover; and I believe we have the power to make this world a better place for living things.

Billy, from Juicy Emergency

Street2School – Nigeria

Street2School is a mobile school in Nigeria. Street2School’s objective is to make education accessible to vulnerable children by building a mobile learning space where education meets the children at their own convenience.

I’m excited to work to provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in different communities.

Raidat, from Street2School

Train to Teach – India

Train to Teach is a web application that collates teaching and progress tracking tools to improve the efficiency, impact and consistency of youth groups and grassroots level NGOs working towards educating India.

The India Hack was a wonderful way to collaborate with young people from across the country.

Malavika, from Train to Teach

Why #YouthPower?

The young people who took part in the Youth Power Hacks came from different countries, backgrounds and experiences. Although four teams have been chosen for funding, many of the other teams formed through the hacks are still working on their ideas, and many have accessed funding of their own. #YouthPower is this innovation and determination of young people in practice, using their expertise and energy to make the Global Goals a reality.

Some of the young people who took part in the hacks share their motivation to use their Youth Power to make the Global Goals a reality through these voice notes:

We ran our initial hack events in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia, India and Philippines. For five hours, young people followed the design thinking process to use their lived experience and innovation to develop ideas to make the Global Goals a reality. We were also joined by a young inspirational speaker and a performer at each event. Youth-led solutions were developed around diverse themes, from health and climate to education and gender equality. At each hack, an illustrator captured the spirit of the day, what was shared and some of the ideas that were developed. For more detail on each hack, click the links below:

Participants at the India hack.

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