Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference series in Belgium

Engaging young people to put real change into action

Four years after the United Nations launched the Agenda 2030 and its associated Sustainable Development Goals, progress is clearly lacking. It’s therefore high time for disruptive action, and enable breakthrough technological transitions to achieve the SDGs.

To put real change into action, it is crucial to actively engage young people in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the SDGs at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

Taking the needs of the next generation into consideration

Youth Forum on November 22, 09:00 – 10:30

All G-STIC semi-plenary sessions and deep dives are purposely designed to approach the related societal challenges from an angle which engages all stakeholders, and young people most particularly. 

In addition, the Youth Forum on November 22 is entirely focused on questions such as

  • How to ensure integrated technological solutions take the needs of the next generation into consideration before entering today’s market?
  • What knowledge, tools, and resources are needed to assess the socio-economic implications of technologies and their impact on the achievements of the SDGs?
  • How can foresight on the future impact of technologies help us today to make better-informed decisions?
  • Which enabling science-policy, regulatory, societal, and behaviour conditions can help us ensure long-term trajectories of technologies that benefit people and planet?

To emphasize the importance of youth engagement even more, we invite young people to showcase innovative technological solutions during the G-STIC conference and join our video pitch competition on youth-led innovations for the SDGs, organised by IEEE Entrepreneurship in coordination with the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN-MGCY).

Showcase your technological solutions

Register for our video pitch competition before October 14

Do you have smart, original and innovative ideas on technological solutions and/or business concepts that hold great potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Are you developing new products that will impact the achievement of the SDGs? Then you should take part in our video pitch competition.

You can submit video pitches related to one or more Sustainable Development Goals: Energy, Oceans, Food, Health, Circular Economy, Education, Water, CO2 as a resource, Housing and Climate action. The video pitch competition is open to PhD students, researchers and companies. You can join in three different categories: product ideation, founded start-ups and growth companies.

Product ideation

Video pitches on products originating from workshops and competitions that support any of the selected Sustainable Development Goals.

Founded start-ups

Video pitches by companies launching a market-ready product that supports any of the selected Sustainable Development Goals.

Growth companies

Video pitches by growth companies generating substantial sales of products that support any of the selected Sustainable Development Goals.


What’s in it for the finalists?

Visibility and exposure

During the G-STIC conference

The selected finalists will be VIP guests during the G-STIC conference and get the opportunity to present during one of the conference sessions. The winner of the category “Growth companies” will be able to showcase their company in the exhibit area during G-STIC.

Communication outreach

IEEE Entrepreneurship, UN-MGCY, and G-STIC will feature the finalists on social media and other communication platforms. IEEE Entrepreneurship will dedicate a blog post to the finalists and IEEE’s involvement with G-STIC. A brief on-site video interview with the finalists will be shared through the G-STIC, IEEE and UN-MGCY websites, along with the finalists’ video pitches.

Your pitch will be judged by the winners of 2018

A panel of experts

Samantha Snabes

Samantha Snabes is a co-Founder & catalyst for re:3D, a company built on a community of makers using Gigabot to print human-scale objects using recycled materials. Samantha is the 2019 Chair of IEEE Entrepreneurship.

Janati Nakimera

Janati Nakimera is a steering committee member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Uganda Section. Janati is also co-founder and CEO of Solar Netmetering Uganda, a solar energy startup company for rural Uganda.

Nadim Coucair

Nadim Choucair is a founding member of Cabinet, a collective of talented individuals wanting to create a positive impact. He’s the initiator of the Global Goals Jam in Berlin, an UNLEASH SDG Talent and an ambassador of the Digital Society School’s Design Across Cultures program.

You need more information?



Register now for G-STIC

  •  Access to all plenary & parallel conference sessions
  •  Access to all regular conference workshops
  •  Lunches, beverages, welcome drink and closing reception


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