World Bank Group Youth Summit Competition for International Applicants in USA, 2016

Rethinking education to ensure that young people – today and in the future – are well equipped to fully realize their potential and shape their own paths is one the most complex, pressing challenges of our time. Everybody has a role to play – but no one is better placed than young people themselves to identify the obstacles faced in education and find ways to overcome them.

world-bankThe purpose of this competition is to challenge young people to solve the problems that matter to them most by crafting their own solutions so that they can build the future they want. In doing so, the competition also aims to inspire, create a dialogue on innovative ways to address education problems, and encourage entrepreneurship.

Why Participate?

Do you have an idea that has the potential to improve how education is designed and/or delivered – and thereby positively impact your community, your country, and/or society at large? If the answer is yes, then the Youth Summit 2016 Competition gives you the opportunity to share your idea, connect with peers and high-level experts, and explore how to bring your idea to the next level.

Who Should Participate?




The competition is open to individuals or teams of 2-4 people aged 18 to 35, from all over the world. Prior entrepreneurial experience or business background is not required – all individuals with the drive to innovate are encouraged to participate, including professionals from business or policy, students and academics, NGO leaders, government officials and start-up founders.

How to enter Competition?

Participants should propose an innovative and action-oriented idea on how to provide young people with a quality, inclusive and relevant education, adapted to the realities of the 21st century. The proposed solution can be aimed at business or policy (e.g. product, service, program, policy, course, initiative etc.) and should relate to at least one of the subthemes of the Youth Summit 2016:

  • Innovation and Technology in Education
  • Skills for the New Economy
  • Gender Equality in Education
  • Education in Crisis Zones

Deadline & Process

Stage 1 – Submit your Idea (Deadline: 25 September 2016)

Participants must submit their proposal by September 25, 2016, 11.59 pm EST. Proposals will be evaluated by an Expert Committee. Shortlisted individuals/teams will be announced by mid-October and will proceed to the next stage.

Stage 2 – Refine your Idea & Prepare your Pitch (Mid-October to Mid-November)

Individuals/teams shortlisted in Stage 1 will receive feedback on their proposals and may be asked to submit further information, refine their proposals and/or submit short ‘pitching’ videos. Based on that, the Expert Committee will select the ‘Finalist’ individuals/teams who will proceed to Stage 3.

Stage 3 – Pitch your Idea at the Youth Summit 2016 (14-15 November 2016)

Finalists will join the Youth Summit 2016, taking place at the World Bank Group Headquarters, Washington DC. The entire morning of the second day of the Summit (November 15th) will be dedicated to showcasing Finalists’ ideas. Finalists will present their proposal in front of a Judging Panel and Summit attendees – presentations will be live-streamed. At the issue of the presentations, one winner will by designated by the Judging Panel, and another winner will be designated by the audience.

Ready to Apply?

To share your idea and enter the Youth Summit 2016 Competition, you shall:

1. Make sure that you/your team meet the Eligibility Requirements:

  • The Competition is open to individuals or teams of 2-4 people, from all over the world, aged 18 to 35 inclusive as of 11.59 pm EST on September 25, 2016.
  • Teams and individuals are limited to one submission each.
  • Active (at the time of the submission up until the closing of the Youth Summit 2016) staff of the World Bank Group, including Consultants and Interns, are not eligible to participate in the Competition.

2. Prepare a proposal that outlines your idea, according to the following Submission Rules:

  • Proposals must be created by and owned by the Participants.
  • Proposals must be submitted in English.
  • Proposals shall provide an innovative and action-oriented business-level or policy-level idea on how to provide young people with a quality, inclusive and relevant education, adapted to the realities of the 21st century. The educational problem/need and the proposed solution outlined in the Proposals must relate to at least one of the subthemes of the Youth Summit 2016 and must apply to a least one client country of the World Bank Group.
  • Proposals must (a) provide a short 2-5 sentences summary of the idea, (b) describe the specific educational problem/need that the proposed solution seeks to address, and (c) describe the solution proposed to address this specific problem/need (e.g. a product, service, program, policy, course, initiative etc.).
  • Proposals will be judged based on the following Judging Criteria: (1) Clarity, scope and relevance of the problem and of the proposed solution; (2) Innovation and originality; (3) Feasibility of implementation; (4) Potential for impact. Please refer to the Competition Rules and Regulations for further information about the Judging Criteria.
  • Proposals must be between 1,000-2,500 words in length, all-inclusive – i.e. including all bodies of text, titles, headings, tables, textboxes, footnotes, endnotes, references, appendices etc. – and must not exceed 4 pages in total.
  • The following information must be provided at the top of the first page of the Proposal: (a) the names of the Participant(s) submitting the Proposal – for teams, all team members’ names shall be listed; (b) the final word count (all-inclusive).

To write your proposal, you can refer to the Writing Tips, which provide a resource to help you structure and develop your proposal – referring to these tips is not mandatory; proposals will be judged solely based on the Judging Criteria.

3. Make sure that you are aware of, accept, and agree to the Competition Rules and Regulations.

4. Submit your proposal by 11:59 pm EST, September 25, 2016, through the online Competition Submission Form. You will be asked to provide some information about yourself and other team members – if applicable – including a short 200-word bio for each of you, and to upload your proposal in PDF format.

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