Competition: UNEP/UNESCO and Samsung Engineering Launches Digital Poster Competition for World Environment Day


Competition: UNEP/UNESCO and Samsung Engineering Launches Digital Poster Competition for World Environment Day

Cross-posted from UNESCO:…

UNEP/UNESCO and Samsung Engineering Launches Digital Poster Competition for World Environment Day


Seoul, 9 April 2013 – Eco-generation, Samsung Engineering’s Social Responsibility Program, in partnership with United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) starts a visual conversation in Asia and the Pacific around sustainable development – to engage young people in sustainable actions that result in positive environmental benefits in their local communities – through art.

This competition coincides with the objectives of UNertia, a UNEP/UNESCO initiative that empowers young people as change agents and beneficiaries of sustainable development.

Through this digital poster-making competition, youth aged 6 to 24 from the Asia and the Pacific region will have a chance to share their stories of environmental issues pertaining to energy, waste and water in their respective community or country. Entries should demonstrate the issues they are experiencing in these areas and/or the action required to solve them. By sharing these issues and actions, the aim is for youth in Asia and the Pacific to be inspired to engage in sustainable actions in their respective communities. Organizers are looking for captivating, inspiring and effective posters that speak to youth and the general public.

The competition will commence on 22 April during Earth Day and entries will be accepted until 22 May 2013. Winners will be announced on 5 June 2013, during the World Environment Day celebration. Prizes include Samsung ATIV smart PC, Samsung Galaxy 

Note and Samsung Galaxy Player and other Samsung devices.

The artwork must be an original work in the form of graphic designs, digital illustrations, or photographs. Any available design applications or programs may be used. 

Criteria will be based on clear messaging, creativity/originality and artistic quality, and will be judged through online voting.

The winning digital posters will be used in UNEP/UNESCO communication materials to promote the UNertia Campaign.

For more information about the competition please refer to

Call for Nominations: Nominate a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow for 2013,


Call for Nominations: Nominate a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow for 2013,

Cross-posted from PopTech:

2013 Call for Nominations

The program is highly selective, with 10 to 20 Social Innovation Fellows selected annually from among hundreds of nominations.

Before submitting a nomination, please read carefully the following eligibility criteria. Successful candidates:

  • Work with highly disruptive breakthrough innovations to solve previously intractable problems.
  • Work in critical fields such as energy, green technology, climate change resilience, healthcare, the environment, performing arts, water, education and other areas with significant beneficial impacts.
  • Have a positive track record as leaders in social innovation.
  • Work in organizations that are well positioned for sustainable growth and high impact.
  • Are passionate leaders with a high potential for collaboration and success.

Fellows may be working within various models – for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, hybrid efforts and open-source platforms. Fellows come from a wide variety of geographies, and international candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellows may be nominated by another individual or organization, self-nominated, or nominated from within the PopTech network. Nominations are open through April 2, 2013.


Competition: Breaking the Nuclear Chain Competition


Cross-posted from Breaking the Nuclear Chain:

Making your way to Geneva

Making your way to Geneva

Breaking the Nuclear Chain – Making Your Way to Geneva

Have you always wanted to become a lobbyist? Are you passionate about nuclear issues? And do you want to try to make a difference in this world? Participate in our competition, and make your way to Geneva.

Breaking the Nuclear Chain ( is a campaign of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), IKV Pax Christi and Peace Boat, that aims to give the debate on the consequences of the nuclear chain a human face. The campaign will inform, motivate and activate people to help us prevent the looming humanitarian catastrophe represented by nuclear energy in all its forms.

As a way to engage new people in the effort to eliminate the nuclear threat, the campaign is hosting a contest, the winner of which will be flown to Geneva, Switzerland, in April 2013. As a team, we will present community-developed recommendations to the UN Non Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee meeting, and lobby diplomats on the basis of these recommendations.

You can become the winner and become part of the lobby efforts in Geneva by uploading videos, writing blogs, participate in different activities of the campaign or becoming involved with an organization working on the nuclear chain.

The winner will be determined through responses of other participants in the campaign – e.g. ‘likes’ to blogs or videos posted by the candidate on social media sites – and the judgement of the organizing team behind the campaign.

The competition will run from 1 November 2012 till 17 March 2013.

Participation is open to all, and especially those new to the issue are strongly encouraged to apply. The competition is not intended to be used as a means to cover travel funds for those already attending the Preparatory Committee Meeting.