How it Works


An O17 coaching cycle starts with a call for projects to solve concrete challenges inspired by experts from UN agencies, International Organizations and NGOs targeting one or more of the SDGs. O17 favors solutions that use Crowdsourcing and Open Data.


The call my have a specific target audience, such as students, or be open to anyone. Applicants submit ideas for projects that tackle the challenge. The most promising applicants and ideas are selected and teams are formed.


The teams receive interactive online mentoring and coaching from international experts and coaches over 5 weekly 2h sessions, to transform their ideas into viable projects. The most promising projects receive further support for their development.

Nature 531, 448 (24 March 2016)
”We suggest that data that have been crowdsourced by civil-society ventures should be incorporated into the international process of monitoring the SDGs. To address potential issues of data quality, initiatives such as the Open Seventeen Challenge are necessary to train organizers of crowdsourcing projects.”
Yves Flückiger Rector, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Nikhil Seth – Executive Director, UNITAR, Geneva, Switzerland

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