Thank you to our 30 participants from 10 different schools in Geneva, Lausanne, and Montreux who joined us for half a day of intense co-creation exercises! We were delighted to welcome students from 13 to 18 year olds to our hackathon on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) organized during Open Geneva.


What the Lift:Youth SDG Hackathon was all about:

  • Open to all students from 13 to 18 year olds.
  • Discover and learn about what the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are.
  • Identify a problem in line with the SDG and work on a solution as a team.
  • Get support from coaches and UN experts.
  • Selected teams could present their projet on stage on Sunday 15 April 2018.

What was there to gain for the students?

  • Learn about the UN's SDG.
  • Discover ideation and pretotyping tools and approaches.
  • Develop collaborative team work and mindset.
  • Have fun while working on global impact issues.

So how did the day unfold?

As a first step, we decided to narrow the SDGs to 5 objectives: #4: Education, #5: Gender Equality, #9-#11: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure & Sustainable Cities and Communities, #12: Responsible Consumption and Production. We gave an introduction about these goals and examples of solutions created by entrepreneurs.

We also had the chance to hear from three students from the International School of Geneva who presented the project they developed during the academic year with the SDG Solution Space

  • The self-sustainable house in Kenya by Benjamin
  • Collecting plastics from oceans by Cara
  • Improving cargo ship's efficiency by Toril

After selecting a goal, the participants worked in groups to identify problems and design solutions using the Value Proposition Canvas to support their thinking and working processes. In addition to the Lift Team, a group of SDG experts (see below) were present to work with the participants in ideating and framing their solution.

Workshop Coaches & Experts 


In Pictures

Youth SDG Hackathon at Open Geneva 2018