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    Unite Ideas is a global community where individuals, teams and organizations can join forces and collaborate with the United Nations to develop and leverage technology for sustainable development.

    From artificial intelligence, and mobile and web apps to image recognition, data science, cyber security and blockchain, there are interesting challenges for everyone.

    Your involvement and contribution will help countries, non-governmental organizations and United Nations entities to fully realize the Sustainable Development Goals—the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

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    Completed Challenges & Winners

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    UNGA Resolutions - Extraction and Elicitation

    UN General Assembly Resolutions: Automatic Information Extraction and Knowledge Elicitation. The winner is:

    1st Place: SANKOFA—Semantic Annotation of Knowledge Featuring Akoma Ntoso. By Monica Palmirani, Fabio Vitali, Silvio Peroni, Aldo Gangemi, Andrea Nuzzolese, Octavian Bujor, Biagio Distefano, Francesco Draicchio, Davide Liga and Francesco Sovrano.

    2nd Place: Open-Source Text Processing with GATE. By Adam Funk, Kalina Bontcheva, Mark A. Greenwood, and Ian Roberts.

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    Develop a form of digital art to illustrate/depict the phenomenon of internal displacement. The winner is:

    1st Place: The Displacement Downtown. By Brendan Lim.

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    #ArmedConflictAnalytics (round2)

    Build a visual dashboard for exploratory analysis of historical data on armed conflicts worldwide. The winner is:

    1st Place: Dashboard for Exploratory Analysis of Historical Data on Armed Conflicts. By Navjot Thind, Ashok Ramlal, Choudhary, Gift Ameh, Dr. Allison Maurer, Dr. Alice Mello, and Dr. Uwe Hohgrawe.

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    Build a tool to analyze the text of Cybersecurity strategies of more than 75 countries to find their commonalities, differences, and key characteristics. The winners are:

    1st Place: Cybersecurity Classification by Machine Learning. By Hao Sun, Leo Lu, Hanson Dong, Erica Xu, and Clark Chen.

    2nd Place: Cyber Security Text Analytics with Machine Learning Methods. By Yanlin Chen, Yunjian Wei, Yifan Yu, Wen Xue, and Xianya Qin.

    3rd Place: Context Aware Analysis of Cybersecurity Strategies. By Luke Lefebure.

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    Help refugees keep track of educational credentials, such as school certifications, and other formal and informal experiences, using Blockchain. The winner is:

    1st Place: Path Foundation. By Ross Jones.

    #HLPFMobile - Make a mobile app for the HLPF.

    The HLPF is the central UN platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. We invite individuals and teams to develop a mobile app for this event. The winner is:

    1st Place: HLPF 2018 - Regular App. By Manikandan Chellakani.

    #StatsHistory - Transform United Nations statistical publications into #opendata.

    Use your image recognition, machine learning, and other skills to scrape information from 70 years worth of UN Statistical Yearbooks to create a machine-readable dataset. The winner is:

    1st Place: Assisted Data Extraction. By Mahdi Moqri.

    #Blockchain4Humanity - Use blockchain technology to help combat child trafficking in Moldova.

    This global challenge will result in a detailed concept and project design that could be further enhanced and used by the Government of Moldova for project implementation. The winners are:

    1st Place: ConsenSys Blockchain for Social Impact. By Robert Greenfield, Ben Siegel, Vanessa Grellet, and Ariana Fowler.

    2nd Place: DECENTRALIZED IDs for SELF-SOVEREIGNTY of FUTURE GENERATIONS. By Anastasia Miron, Kaliya Young, Sara Golden, and Tatiana Chicu.

    2nd Place: Anti-Trafficking Information System to prevent minors/children trafficking in Moldova. By Iurie Coroban and Pavel Kudreavtsev.

    3rd Place: Exonum to solve identity problems in Moldova. By Gleb Palienko and Bitfury group.

    #SDGinsights - Using GIS Data To Reveal The Status Of SDGs In The Least Developed Countries

    Combining household survey data with other geo-referenced datasets to provide insights into the status and progress of the SDGs.

    1st Place: Combining water point data and machine learning to predict the potential spatial distribution of specific type or group of drinking-water source/service. By Weiyu Yu, Jim Wright, and Nicola Wardrop.

    2nd Place: Service Gap Identification Tool for SDGs. By Dwitipriya Sanyal.

    3rd Place: World Data Viewer. By David Jeronimo Giraldo Atehortua

    #SciTechMatcher - Build a search & recommendation engine for Science, Technology & Innovation.

    1st Place: United Nations Opportunity Matcher (UNOM) by CKM Pro Bono

    2nd Place: Neuron by Abdulqadir Rashik

    3rd Place: STI online platform by Hongping Zhang, Kun Xu, Yajuan Hou, and Duo Yang.

    #IDETECT - Internal Displacement Event, Tagging and Clustering Tool Challenge

    Every day, thousands of people are forced to flee their homes – yet remain within their home country – as a result of conflict, violence and disasters. Many of these internally displaced people remain invisible, making it more difficult to assist them and help meet their basic needs.

    Join the Internal Displacement Event Tagging Extraction and Clustering Tool (#IDETECT) challenge and help paint a more comprehensive picture of internal displacement by creating a tool that can identify new incidents of internal displacement using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML).

    Submission Deadline: Fri. Apr. 28/17

    » Read the Official Winner Announcement here (English)

    » Read the Official Winner Announcement here (French)

    #UNGAviz - Textual Analytics and Visualization challenge

    Since the first General Assembly gathered in 1946, the UNGA has drafted and passed thousands of resolutions. That’s a high number of documents and many voting records to go through in order to gain information on the intricacies of decisions made on issues affecting a vast amount of people worldwide.

    Join the #UNGAviz challenge to make the UNGA resolutions easier to access and study in a visually appealing format - and by doing that - help the general public to gain deeper understanding on the decisions made by the United Nations.

    Submission Deadline: Tue. Feb. 28/17

    » Read the official winner announcement here.

    » Read the winner's blog post here.

    #SE4All - MathProg Challenge

    OSeMOSYS (the Open Source energy MOdelling SYStem) was created in 2011 by a group of premier institutions to provide analysts and policy-makers with a malleable alternative to existing proprietary software for long-term energy system analysis. It was applied to study how energy systems can evolve to meet the dynamic demands of African and South American countries.

    Do you know GNU MathProg language? We challenge you to join #SE4All - Sustainable Energy for All Unite Ideas challenge and become part of a team of experts enabling OSeMOSYS model to reach its full potential in helping the world in sustainable energy planning.

    Submission Deadline: Sun. Dec. 18/16

    » Read the official winner announcement here (English)

    » Read the official winner announcement here (French)

    » Watch #SE4All Q&A Session on Youtube.


    #Electricity4All Python Challenge

    Help the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, and other partners develop #Electricity4All to give Access to Universal Electricityto over 1.1 billion people. Are you proficient in Microsoft Visual Basic (VBA) and Python? This challenge involves converting the current Electrification model (written in VBA) to a faster, open source language (Python) to significantly decrease running time (currently 50 hours in VBA).

    The winner and the winning solution will receive official recognition and more as detailed in the Prizes and Recognition section.

    Submission Deadline: Sun. May. 15/16

    » Read the official winner announcement here.

    #LinksSDGs - Natural language processing and data visualization challenge

    Help UN personnel automate the parsing of hundreds of pages of publications worldwide to spot the latest research trends on sustainable development.

    Can you build a natural language processing tool that extracts from a sample collection of UN publications all the statements that refer to a relationship between urban development (SDG 11) and all the other SDGs?

    Submission Deadline: Sun. Jan. 31/16

    » Read the official winner announcement here.

    #WSD2015 Data Visualization Challenge

    World Statistics Day (WSD)

    Explore the top finalist visualizations here:

    The final 2015 Millennium Development Goals Report is now available! Help visualize the most successful anti-poverty movement in history. The winner of this Data Visualization Challenge will be announced and showcased during World Statistics Day 2015! A selection of the best visualizations submitted will be displayed on the UN Statistics Division website, as well as on this website and related platforms worldwide.

    Submission Deadline: Sun. Sep. 20/15

    #VisualizeChange: A World Humanitarian Summit Data Challenge

    Explore the top 10 visualizations here:

    Leading up to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, thousands of people worldwide have shared their ideas to reduce human loss and suffering from crisis. Can you help visualize these ideas? The winner will get the opportunity to present their work at the Global Consultation in Geneva, Switzerland in October 2015 and the best visualizations are showcased at related events worldwide (

    Submission Deadline: Sun. Sep. 13/15

    » Read the official winner announcement here.

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    Global community of problem solvers post & collaborate on solutions to the challenge.

    Panel of experts select top solutions and winner(s) are announced.

    Solutions are showcased and made available on Unite Ideas platform and the best solutions are implemented to address the challenge.