Enter: Viva Technology-UNESCO Challenge 2020

Deadline: 22 April, 2020

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) hosts Viva Technology (Vivatech), an international gathering of the world’s brightest minds, talents and products in a celebration of today’s innovations and tomorrow’s possibilities. Vivatech has been a platform for more than 13,000 startup.

To commemorate its fifth anniversary, Vivatech will contribute to helping UNESCO solve three big challenges:

  • Reduce the risk of natural disasters induced by climate change
  • Fight disinformation as a threat to democracy
  • Protect and share the world’s cultural heritage through digitalisation


The three winners of the challenge (one per challenge) will receive:

  • Five free startup passes for the three days of Vivatech
  • A startup booth at Vivatech 2021
  • Mentoring from senior executives of Vivatech partners
  • A private meeting with the high-level jury
  • A feature at the UNESCO annual conference
  • Features on the UNESCO website and in its official communications
  • Features by Vivatech media partners


  • The founder must be under 35 years
  • The solution/product must be functional (real code and design implementations, not mockups)
  • The solution/product presented must be relevant, original and innovative compared to existing alternatives
  •  The solution/product presented must be FOSS/Open Source, in line with the commitment of UNESCO to harnessing new technologies to improve people’s lives and tackle sustainable development challenges

To apply and for more information, click here.

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