Switzerland, Geneva

Crowdsourcing Sustainable Development

when 4 July 2016 - 10 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee CHF 2000

In September 2015, world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) that over the next 15 years should help end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change, amongst other things. This effort will only be successful if all stakeholders - be they governments or non-governmental organizations, public or private enterprises, civil society - have adequate information about the progress being made towards each of the goals.

The ”Crowdsourcing Sustainable Development” Summer School is a weeklong school that brings together students from China, Geneva, and from across the globe, to help tackle the Goals with Crowdsourcing solutions. Geneva and its multitude of international organizations offer a unique space for understanding the different dimensions involved in this truly global effort - and provide an exceptional diversity of speakers and educators from a wide range of contexts.

By combining lectures and seminars with workshops, site visits, and other fully immersive interactions, the school’s programme aims at giving students direct exposure to the key pieces of the SDGs puzzle - whilst challenging them to experiment with concrete and innovative solutions to involve citizens (“the crowd”) in monitoring and tackling some aspects of the Goals at the local, regional or global level.

After a general introduction to the SDGs and their history and context, student will hear about some of the existing efforts initiated by UniGe – before being introduced to the global dimension by key actors from International Organizations. The programme will then change gear and make students the problem solver – by introducing them to Citizen Science and the different Crowdsourcing methodologies and tools (including volunteer thinking, volunteer sensing and volunteer computing). After experiencing first hand some of the existing projects, workshops, brainstorms and a final hackathon will encourage new thinking and inspire context-sensitive action and solutions.

Course leader

Prof. Francois Grey
Citizen Cyberscience Centre
University of Geneva

Course aim

- This summer school invites students to conceive new solutions for public participation
in tracking progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

- Through discussions with experts from the University of Geneva and visits to the many
UN and other International Organizations in Geneva, students will be exposed to how
the international community is tackling these new Global Goals

- Student will work in teams to develop new concepts for crowdsourcing the tracking
of progress towards the SDGs, in particular using Open Data, web based platforms,
smartphone-based data collection and other digital DIY tools

Fee info


Tuition Fees: 2000 CHF
Deadline: May 1, 2016