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Latest Global Innovation Challenge launches

Innovators, entrepreneurs, programmers and developers are encouraged to help advance resilient infrastructure with technology in the face of climate change.

Addressing the impact of climate change on people, communities and nations requires infrastructure that is more resilient and better equipped to withstand increasingly frequent extreme weather events. Resilient infrastructure is critical to ensuring that all people, in all corners of the world, can adapt, survive and prosper – both now and in the future.  

Global Innovation Challenge

Advancing resilient infrastructure in the face of climate challenge.

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UNOPS has launched the latest Global Innovation Challenge, in collaboration with Sony, Hyogo Prefectural Government and the City of Kobe. It calls on innovators and entrepreneurs to help develop new technology solutions for creating infrastructure, networks and systems that can withstand shocks and stresses. These solutions should demonstrate how technology can help build climate resilience by helping societies prepare for and adapt to challenges posed by climate change.

Innovation, technology and bold new partnerships between the public and private sectors will all be needed to ensure we make real progress towards implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals – including tackling the climate crisis.”

Grete Faremo - Under-Secretary-General and UNOPS Executive Director

Solutions submitted by participants will be reviewed jointly by UNOPS, Sony, Hyogo Prefectural Government and the City of Kobe through UNOPS Global Innovation Centre, which will be set up in Kobe, Japan. Those selected will participate in UNOPS Global Innovation Accelerator Programme. This includes participation in the Sony Startup Acceleration Programme, as well as support to advance their solutions to market.

In February 2020, UNOPS and Sony announced a new collaboration agreement focusing on innovation.

Read more about the new collaboration with Sony here.


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