UNICC is partnering with the Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS) to bring students together to tackle the great challenges of our time for a 3-day live competition, March 29 to March 31, 2024.

We invite students from all over the world to participate in Think-A-Thon 2024, jointly organised by UNICC & Columbia SPS. The goal is to work together on real-world solutions based on Digital Public Goods (DPGs).

DPGs are essential in unlocking the full potential of digital technologies and data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nowadays many of the most useful digital solutions are not readily accessible, particularly to those who need them the most. In alignment with the UN Secretary General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, UNICC is heeding the call to developing and advocating for DPGs.

Are you an undergraduate or Master’s student who wants to make a difference? Block your calendar and put your creative hat to help solve global challenges using Digital Public Goods in UNICC & Columbia University’s global Thinkathon!

Registration is open until March 21 at Noon EST


Challenge 1

Digital Diplomacy

facilitating diplomatic activity in the modern hybrid world.

Challenge 2

Quality Education

promoting digital credentials to make education more efficient and interoperable across borders.

  • Bachelor, Master students, Alumni, non-degree students and visiting students from Columbia University are eligible to participate.
  • Students pursuing Bachelor’s and/or Master/s degrees, regardless of their affiliation with Columbia University, are also encouraged to participate.
  • Registration [link to the registration form] is open until March 21 at Noon EST
  • Registration is open to both individuals and teams. Team should consist of a minimum of 3 individuals and a maximum of 5.
  • Only one member of the team needs to complete the registration for the entire team.
  • At least one individual per team must be a current CU Student or Alumni.
  • Each team must have at least two individuals who are students from other universities.
  • Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.
  • Individual participants without a team will have the opportunity to join existing teams.
  • Each team can only participate in one challenge.
  • March 21 at Noon EST – Registration deadline
  • March 29, 30, 31 – Thinkathon competition live
  • April 2 – Announcement of Winners and Award Ceremony

Details coming soon

Prominent team mentors and judges from diplomatic community and the UN family

Details coming soon

Do you still have questions? Contact us at [dedicated e-mail address].

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