UNLEASH Global
Innovation Lab
India 2022

The next UNLEASH Innovation Lab will take place in the state of Karnataka in India, from the December 3rd – 11th (tentatively). The lab will gather 1,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to come up with innovative solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


It will primarily take place at Infosys Mysore, the world’s largest corporate university!


You can apply for the Global Innovation Lab India from May 2nd until June 6th.

The Innovation Process

During the Lab, teams of participants will come up with new ideas and co-create innovative initiatives through human-centered design thinking – a process that focuses on the real needs of the people that the solution focuses on. Experienced facilitators and experts will guide the participants through different stages of the innovation process:
1_Methodology
Problem Framing
Defining a problem based on user needs and clear insights
2_Methodology
Ideation

Brainstorming and selecting ideas to solve the problem

3_Methodology
Prototyping
Creating simple versions of the idea to understand how it will work in real life
4_Methodology
Testing

Testing the solution with users, learning, and adapting

5_Methodology
Implementing
Planning and launching impactful solutions

The Program

Day 1: December 3rd

Welcome Tour | Innovation Process Kick-off

Day 7: December 9th

Innovation Wrap-up | Solution Festival | Dragon’s Den

Day 2-6: December 4th – December 8th

Innovation Process

Day 8: December 10th

Closing Ceremony | Farewell party

Day 1: December 3rd

Welcome Tour | Innovation Process Kick-off

Day 2-6: December 4th – December 8th

Innovation Process

Day 7: December 9th

Innovation Wrap-up | Solution Festival | Dragon’s Den

Day 8: December 10th

Closing Ceremony | Farewell party

Tracks

As a participant of the Global Innovation Lab India, you will get a hands-on opportunity to work on some of the most pressing global sustainability challenges. The challenges are divided into 7 thematic tracks that tackle specific SDGs. In addition, there is a special track for the UNLEASH Plus 2022 program, co-hosted with Chemonics International, in which selected top teams will work with international experts and pitch the projects they have been working on for the previous 6 months to potential funders.

More than 41 million people die annually as a result of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally. Diabetes, for example, is one of the fastest growing health challenges of the 21st century. It is a global health crisis that is hitting low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) the hardest. Today, nearly 350 million people in LMICs live with diabetes and 77% of these do not receive adequate care. That number is expected to grow to 450 million by 2030, putting immense pressure on healthcare workers and healthcare systems.

During the Lab, teams working on SDG 3 could focus on solutions for improving access to care, awareness, and prevention of NCDs, particularly for poor and vulnerable populations.
For this track, UNLEASH is partnering with:
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In 2015, mental health was included in the SDG framework, whereby the UN acknowledged the burden of disease of mental illness and defined mental health as a priority for global development leading up to 2030. Furthermore, the World Health Organization has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is triggering a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide. The pandemic has especially affected the mental health of young people, who are disproportionally at risk of suicidal and self-harming behaviors.

Within this track teams will address SDG 3, by co-creating solutions for the prevention, diagnosis, and accessible treatment and care for mental health.
For this track, UNLEASH is partnering with:
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schooling is a “generational catastrophe”. Before the pandemic, progress was already slow and insufficient to achieve the education targets and now the pandemic has wiped out the education gains achieved over the past 20 years.

The most vulnerable children and those unable to access remote learning are at increased risk of never returning to school and of being forced into child marriage or child labor. Disparities in access to education and learning outcomes persist across a range of education indicators, e.g., literacy rates between men and women or access to higher education between urban and rural.
Teams working on SDG 4 during the Lab are invited to think of innovative ways to solve education challenges worldwide, by focusing on technology as an enabler of equitable and accessible education and training initiatives for all.
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Today, 40% of the world’s population faces water scarcity with ~$260 billion in economic opportunities lost annually due to lack of clean water access, climate change, increased pollution, and industrialization. Time spent gathering and seeking safe water sources is accounting for billions of lost economic opportunities annually. Disproportionally affecting children and women as they experience increased health challenges which impact mortality rates and ability to pursue education.

During the Lab, teams working on SDG 6 get the opportunity to address current water and sanitation challenges. They could focus on new initiatives to protect clean water sources or to better manage our water use.
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Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all will open a new world of opportunities for billions of people. Yet, today, 840 million people do not have access to energy. The lack of access isn’t the only challenge the energy sector is facing, but its reliance on fossil fuels is the main contributor to climate change. Changes need to be made to the way energy is produced and consumed. The opportunities that clean and renewable energy can create including new jobs and livelihoods should be a priority when addressing increasing access to energy. Also, the most remote communities get access to the needed energy.

Within this track, teams will focus on SDG 7, for example by developing energy solutions for people living in rural areas or improving the skills needed for the transition to cleaner energy.
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Global warming has reached 1 degree above the pre-industrial baseline, contributing an estimated financial burden of ~$23 trillion by 2050, disproportionally impacting small island states and developing countries. On February 28, 2022, the IPCC issued its bleakest warning yet. About half the global population lives in areas “highly vulnerable” to climate change. Millions lose their homes, livelihoods, and families annually due to natural disasters. The occurrence of these events is accelerating, causing a global emergency.

Transitioning to a carbon-free future is urgent. Moreover, such a transition must be fair to all and protect especially vulnerable communities and those hardest hit by global warming.
During the lab, teams will come up with new initiatives addressing SDG 13, for example with a focus on policy transformation, inspiring communities towards a more sustainable lifestyle, or using technology to reduce the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment.
For this track, UNLEASH is partnering with:
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Nature and ocean conservation plays a critical role in our survival. Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems provide us amongst others with food, drinking water, oxygen, energy, and medicines. They regulate our climate, provide pollination to our crops, and reduce the impact of natural hazards.

However, we are experiencing continuous deterioration of our natural habitats. Human activity has altered almost 75% of the earth’s terrestrial surface, squeezing wildlife and nature into an ever-smaller corner of the planet. Ocean heat is at record levels and every year, up to 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean, damaging ecosystems around the world.
Teams working on SDG 14 & 15 during the Lab could focus on developing innovative solutions for water management, such as sustainable agriculture practices, new mechanisms for waste disposal, and rainwater storage.
For this track, UNLEASH is partnering with:
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UNLEASH Plus is a global solution incubator for the SDGs. Co-hosted with Chemonics International, the tailored and interactive 6-month program supports teams to transform their early prototypes into real, launchable solutions contributing to a better, more sustainable future.

This fourth edition offers 60 ambitious teams online training, mentoring, world-class experts, and access to partnerships and funding. The top 25 teams of the program will join UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab India, where they will spend their time in an innovation bootcamp, working together with international experts and pitching their projects to potential funders.
For this track, UNLEASH is partnering with:
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Who can apply?

The Global Innovation Lab India is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 35. We select participants that are:

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Passionate and committed to solving the world’s sustainability challenges

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Creative and have an innovative mindset

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Enthusiastic about working together with peers and experts

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Able to understand and communicate in English

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Passionate and committed to solving the world’s sustainability challenges

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Creative and have an innovative mindset

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Enthusiastic about working together with peers and experts

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Able to understand and communicate in English

Solutions from previous Innovation Labs

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