Climate Resilience and Gender Equality (2021)

#Open17ClimateGender Challenge 

Tackling climate and gender challenges with crowdsourcing solutions – Call for projects! 

Through the Open Seventeen Challenge, Crowd4SDG is launching in August 2021 its second call for projects powered by the crowd aiming to tackle climate and gender issues.

Tackling Concrete Challenges

To make your project as concrete and impactful as possible, we’ve asked a range of experts from agencies of the UN as well as National Statistical Offices to provide us with specific challenges that address the issues of climate change and gender equality, for which crowdsourced data would be particularly valuable. We would like for projects to address one of the challenges below: 

  • Measuring the differentiated impacts of disasters on women and men. 
  • Assessing women’s vulnerability to climate change effects on natural resources. 
  • Improving data on women’s participation in environmental management. 
  • Measuring the health of ecosystems in a systemic way with women’s contribution. 
  • Open challenge on crowdsourcing for climate change resilience and gender equality

 The process

Starting with a call for projects, the #Open17 Challenge offers a 5 weeks online interactive coaching programme to global innovators to help them to connect and shape good ideas into viable social innovation projects and prototypes. Projects will be selected by novelty, relevance and feasibility. The selected 50 applicants will be organized in 10 teams and coached on how to turn an initial idea into a compelling crowdsourcing project. This coaching will last 5 weeks with 2hrs/week of online coaching plus teamwork (20 October-17 November). Mentored by our experts from the United Nations and top European research labs, participants will also learn about crowdsourcing tools for data collection, data classification, decision making and social media analysis that are relevant to their projects. 

Five outstanding teams from the #Open17ClimateGender Challenge will be selected by a jury to participate in an online challenge-based innovation workshop, co-organized by CERN IdeaSquare (January 2022, dates to be confirmed). During this workshop, teams will learn how to build a functional prototype for their project and connect with communities and social innovation experts who can help to launch and sustain the project. 

The top two teams selected by a jury will be invited to present their projects to potential UN and NGO partner organizations as well as impact investors during the Geneva Trialogue event in Geneva, Switzerland. (March 2022, dates to be confirmed).

Participants who successfully complete the online coaching program will receive a certificate of completion from the UN Institute for Training and Research, and similarly for the online workshop.



We are aiming to partner with like-minded organizations who are interested in amplifying our message and we are open for cross-promotion and collaboration. Contact us here for more information. .

Check out the challenges!

Applications are now closed

Thank you for having submitted your ideas

Gender Equality

You see it in the news every day, the impacts of climate change include extreme weather events such as floods or droughts. These often affect local communities in ways that make gender inequality worse. For example, due to floods, villages may be displaced, and women will have to travel further to find drinking water for their families. 

The #Open17 Challenge is about tackling the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s challenge focuses on SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 13 (Climate Action). The #Open17ClimateGender challenge invites you to pitch a project that tackles climate and gender challenges using crowdsourcing solutions

Current GEAR Cycle


The second GEAR cycle is now closed.


The #Open17ClimateGender will run for 5 weeks in October and November 2021.


From December 2021 to February 2022, five selected teams will be able to participate to the Accelerate workshop.


In March 2022, two selected teams will be able to present their projects as part of a panel in the Geneva Trialogue.