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Partner with us to create digital solutions for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The #IdeasChangeLives challenge closed at midnight GMT on 23 November 2018.

To those who entered, good luck! You have taken the chance to change the world and improve the lives of some of the world's most disadvantaged people. 

Up to two winning entries will receive prizes of £20,000 each, funded by the Friends of the British Council. In addition, each winner will have the chance to work collaboratively with the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team to develop a minimum viable product (MVP) based on their idea.

What if I missed the competition deadline?

We hope to run #IdeasChangeLives again in 2019. In the meantime, find out more about how we support the SDGs in our current work, both digital and face-to-face. Our case studies may help inspire you to create a digital solution for next year's challenge.

What happens now?

The finalists have been chosen and are presenting their ideas virtually to the judges between 10-14 December 2018. 

Judges panel

  • Eva Grosman, Peace and Democracy
  • Vikas Shah, Chief Executive, Swiscot Group
  • Rosh Gammampila, Director at PwC
  • Richard Halkett, Worldwide Lead, Digital Innovation,Amazon Web Services, Inc
  • Jake Loveless, founder and Chief Executive, Edgemesh
  • Dr Jock Percy, founder and Chairman, Perseus Telecom
  • Helen Warwick, Principal, Helen Warwick Management
  • Rachel Brandenburger, international legal and policy consultant
  • Rory Cameron, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Learning Platform - CalludusCloud/SAP Sales Cloud at SAP

The judges are being advised by:

  • Andrew Horton, Director Digital, Partnerships and Innovation, British Council
  • Louisa Syrett, Global Lead - Partnerships, Digital, Partnerships and Innovation, British Council

When and where will the winners be announced?

We will announce the winners in January 2019 on this page and on Twitter and FaceBook.

Follow the British Council on Twitter or FaceBook for updates. 

Terms and conditions

  • #IdeasChangeLives terms and conditions (Adobe PDF 321KB)