2018 British Council #IdeasChangeLives Challenge

Deadline: November 23, 2018.

Do you have a great digital idea that has the potential to create a better world?

If so, please enter the #IdeasChangeLives challenge. You could win a prize of £20,000 and the chance to work with the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team on an initiative to help achieve one of six of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This challenge gives you a genuine chance to change the world and improve the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged people – what’s your idea?


1. #IdeasChangeLives is open to individuals and companies of any size based anywhere in the world.

2. Participant can enter as an individual, group of individuals, company, partnership, association or other organisation.


1. Up to two winning entries will receive prizes of £20,000 each, funded by the Friends of the British Council.

2. 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.

3. Once each MVP is ready, we will agree with the winner what the next phase of work is. From there we hope to develop a longer-lasting partnership, promoting the work through our network in more than 100 countries.


The shortlisting and judging panels will assess entries on the following criteria:

1. Positive impact: Does your idea propose a genuine, life-changing solution to one of the above SDGs?

2. Scale: Does your idea have the potential to change the lives of hundreds of thousands, or millions, of people through a digital engagement?

3. Partnership: How would the partnership between you and us bring real value to the innovative digital idea? Also, how would it complement the existing work and role of the British Council?



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