Thursday, December 27, 2012

ENGINEER YOUR EARTH - Youth for Innovative Solutions

The UNESCO Engineering Initiative and Earth Science Education in Africa Initiative propose this competition to bring together creative young African innovators from engineering and the Earth Science fields to propose concrete new solutions to major environmental challenges facing sustainable development which they identify in their communities.

Who: diverse teams of up to three young (ages 18 – 30) African engineers, geologists, hydrologists, scientists, policy makers, creative-thinkers, problem-solvers.

What: proposal identifying a major challenge to sustainable development in Africa and suggesting a concrete science and engineering based solution on the ground. The best proposals will reflect the applicants’ personal challenges and experiences and could range from issues related to mining, natural hazards, drinking water, sanitation and more.  Proposals should be realizable!

When: 2-page proposals in English are due to UNESCO (<>) by 1 February 2013.

Prize: participation in the Engineer your Earth side event at the Science and Engineering Fair in Nsukka, Nigeria from 26 to 29 March 2013 with 2 days to refine the proposal in consultation with expert mentors, and the opportunity to present the proposal to Fair sponsors (INTEL, IEEE, ASME, Microsoft) for funding.

Partners: Young and early career Earth Scientists (YES) Network, Youth Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, South African women in Engineering (SAWomEng), WFEO Youth Committee.