UNLEASH announces 24 Hacks for 2021!

March 18th, 2021

Our second round of Hacks have been selected and will be taking place between May and July, 2021.

UNLEASH Hacks are localized hackathons designed to address sustainability challenges in specific contexts around the world.

Through a collaborative 2-day event organized by UNLEASH alumni and their network, passionate talents work with local stakeholders and community leaders to collectively solve problems and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Each Hack focuses on one region and one sustainability challenge. For now, all Hacks will take place online over two Satursdays.

Go to to learn more about this year’s Hacks and to sign-up to get information on application dates in your inbox!


Previous blog posts:

Climathon for the Amazon region awards 4 social entrepreneurs

December 29th, 2021

Author: Amanda Lima and YCL Communications Team At the beginning of October, Youth Climate Leaders (YCL) and UNLEASH held a tailormade innovation program with the main objective of mobilizing and empowering young people in the Amazon region to lead solutions that can tackle local bioeconomic challenges, promote justice, and forest conservation. During the virtual Climathon, […]

Race for Oceans Global: the results are in!!! 38 events gathered 2000 participants!

December 24th, 2021

Race for Oceans Global was launched in August 2021 with the aim of scaling impact for SDG-14 (Life below water), specifically to tackle the ocean plastic pollution challenge. The aim was to test the potential of expanding the concept beyond Danish borders with a pilot program to build capacity among Champions, mobilize communities through events […]

The UNLEASH Ambassador Experience

December 23rd, 2021

Authors: Karina Perez Jvostova and Veronica Diaz Sosa The maiden edition of the UNLEASH Ambassador Program was launched in 2021 with a cohort of 40 Ambassadors from 31 countries around the world. These Ambassadors selected based on being highly active UNLEASH Alumni, have worked tirelessly over the past year to increase engagement within the community […]

UNLEASH Facilitator Sam Baker walks 500 miles to COP26

November 17th, 2021

Author: Sam Baker, UNLEASH Facilitator in Denmark, Singapore and Shenzhen Being a lead facilitator for UNLEASH in the inaugural 2017 week in Denmark, and subsequently in Singapore and then Shenzhen ranks amongst my most treasured career experiences. I loved the energy of all involved, the purpose-led mission we were on, the diversity of backgrounds and […]

2022 UNLEASH Ambassador Program applications now open!

November 16th, 2021

Do you strongly believe in the potential of the UNLEASH Community? Can you proactively lead a community of peers? Do you have a desire to lead community activities and grow the UNLEASH community? If you can answer “yes” to the above, you should apply to join the 2022 UNLEASH Ambassador Program! What is the UNLEASH […]

Race for Oceans has gone global!

October 29th, 2021

The Race for Oceans Initiative pioneered in Løkken, Denmark by Signe Simonsen, an accomplished athlete with passion for the ocean and life under water. In 2019, the first Race for Oceans relay 10-day event took place along the coasts of Denmark. The initiative has since blossomed into the Race for Oceans Foundation, a not-for-profit organization […]

UNLEASH is going to India in 2022!!!

October 10th, 2021

Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, and Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Shri Narendra Modi, has unveiled that the next edition of UNLEASH will take place in India. The two Prime Ministers delivered a joint statement noting that UNLEASH will be launched in the state of Karnataka. UNLEASH is a global innovation lab […]

UNLEASH talent creates ‘lollipop-like’ Covid-19 testing device

September 13th, 2021

UNLEASH Talent, Dr. Vivek Manoharan, and his Singapore-Indian startup, Test At Home Pte Ltd. (TAH), have developed a Covid-19 testing device with 95% of accuracy. While the Covid-19 outbreak in India reaches more than 33M cases and 441K deaths, easy-access and low-resource testing methods are increasingly needed. However, the rising demand for testing methods especially […]

UNLEASH selects 113 teams for third iteration of the incubation program UNLEASH Plus

August 27th, 2021

UNLEASH Plus 2021 will be taking place online and engage 113 teams working on solutions that address all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNLEASH Plus is a leading global incubation program co-hosted by Lead Scale Partner, Chemonics International, and supports young entrepreneurs in launching and scaling disruptive solutions to address major sustainability challenges. UNLEASH Plus […]

Registrations are now open to participate in the online innovation hack “Bioeconomy challenges in the Amazon region” on October 2 and 9, 2021

August 16th, 2021

Youth Climate Leaders and UNLEASH organize tailor-made climathon to train talent in the Amazon region. On October 2 and 9, the Youth Climate Leaders (YCL), which is an organization that trains and connects young people with networks and opportunities to build a career in the fields of climate and sustainability, and UNLEASH joins forces to […]

UNLEASH Hacks teams address climate change, learning disruption and air pollution across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh

August 2nd, 2021

Recent UNLEASH Hacks participants are developing solutions to address long-standing climate change issues, learning disruption and air pollution Young changemakers are developing solutions for challenges their communities and countries face through the UNLEASH Hacks, which are localized hackathons designed to enable young people to address sustainability challenges in specific contexts worldwide. Over the past months, […]

Talents at UNLEASH Hacks create sustainable energy solutions, address climate change, and design to improve learning outcomes

July 8th, 2021

Across three continents and six countries, participants are recent UNLEASH Hacks design solutions for climate change, low learning outcomes, and unsustainable energy Quality education and access to healthcare are essential to personal well-being and critical for a prosperous and productive nation. The availability of these critical needs and a sustainable way of living and environmental […]

UNLEASH launches the third iteration of the UNLEASH Plus incubator program

July 5th, 2021

UNLEASH Plus is a leading global incubation program for solutions aiming to have a positive impact on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program is co-hosted by Lead Scale Partner, Chemonics International, and supports youth accelerate the launch and scale of disruptive solutions to address major sustainability challenges. Previous editions have accelerated impactful […]

UNLEASH Hacks teams address sustainable living, urbanization and unemployment across Africa, Asia and the Americas

June 25th, 2021

Recent UNLEASH Hacks participants are dissatisfied with the current conditions of living, urbanization, city planning and unemployment  in their countries and are taking action. From global health crisis to social inequality and slow economic growth, the global population is challenged at an alarming rate. We experience accelerated advancement in science, technology, the economy, and various […]

UNLEASH partners with Miro to make online co-creating possible

June 23rd, 2021

If you have been to an UNLEASH Innovation Lab, you would know that post-its will take over all your walls sooner than later! Whether you are mapping the 8th branch of a sub-branch of your problem framing tree, you are in an endless “YES AND” ideation session, or you are prototyping your solution in a […]

UNLEASH Talent Quits Job to Become Full-time Climate Change Entrepreneur

June 16th, 2021

The stories of the most successful entrepreneurs inspire us. It is probably the dream of many to emulate the lives of these individuals, but few dare to leave a stable job behind to  pursue the journey of becoming one. UNLEASH Talent, Dakota Stormer, recently encountered this phase in his life and made a decision. Becoming […]

UNLEASH Talent Helps Fight COVID-19 in India through manufacturing decentralization

June 9th, 2021

UNLEASH Talent, Vaibhav Chhabra, and his venture, Makers Asylum, have been helping to respond to the recent wave of COVID-19 in India by building an open-source oxygen concentrator. The resurgence of the COVID-19 has recently struck India. The nation has witnessed 27.2 million cases (24.4 million recoveries) and about 311 thousand deaths. However, within the […]

UNLEASH Hacks teams address gender equality, youth unemployment, and coastal threats

June 1st, 2021

Youth-led teams around the world develop innovative ways to address social issues in their countries at a recent UNLEASH Hacks. The pandemic exposed a variety of common personal challenges people worldwide have struggled with for a long time. We are witnessing deep vulnerability as conversations about mental health, burnout, work-life balance and the ways we […]

UNLEASH and Race for Oceans partners with BESTSELLER Foundation to focus on beach clean-ups and plastic pollution

February 11th, 2021

We are excited to announce that Race for Oceans and UNLEASH have entered into a strategic partnership for 2021. The partnership will focus on scaling Race for Oceans to a global concept, and is supported by BESTSELLER Foundation. Race for Oceans was established in Denmark by Signe Simonsen, and targets everyone with passion for oceans. […]

UNLEASH announces new Global Advisory Board

January 27th, 2021

The new members of the UNLEASH Global Advisory Board have been found. The members have expertise within UNLEASH’s core focus areas, such as innovation, development, tech, climate, and gender equality. The role of the new Global Advisory Board will be to bring relevant strategic, academic, and industrial experience with a view to provide sufficient sparring […]

UNLEASH Hack solution presented to the Liberian Government’s National Water Sanitation and Hygiene Commission

December 29th, 2020

The Government of Liberia through its lead agency on WASH, the National Water Sanitation and Hygiene Commission (NWASHC) invited the Liberian organizing team to introduce to them the Winning Team of the UNLEASH Hacks Liberia 2020. The Commission promised to work with the Team in helping to scale up their innovation as well as support […]

Five UNLEASH+ teams win a total of USD 40,000 in funding for implementation and scaling of their solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

December 17th, 2020

This year the global innovation initiative UNLEASH launched the second iteration of the pre-accelerator program UNLEASH+ which is co-hosted by Chemonics International. At the final event, the winners were selected and awarded a total of USD 40,000. In 2020, all UNLEASH activities were forced to move online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pre-accelerator program […]

Rational Games gives a $10,000 grant to UNLEASH+ solution Slam Out Loud

October 27th, 2020

In 2019, a Rational Games Foundation board member participated in UNLEASH+ in Shenzhen, China. Now, the organization has decided to provide the UNLEASH+ team Slam Out Loud with a 10.000 USD grant to accelerate their impact. The first UNLEASH+ culminated in November 2019 in Shenzhen, China with the Dragons’ Den pitches. Among the crowd were […]

Winners from first three UNLEASH Hacks have been found

September 28th, 2020

From September 19-20, the first three UNLEASH Hacks took place in India (Bharat), Ghana and the Dominican Republic. At the end of the Hacks all teams got to pitch their final ideas to a panel of judges. India (Bharat) Gold winner: The winning solution address the unsustainable financial model for plastic waste collection in the […]

UNLEASH talents produces podcast on the SDGs

September 3rd, 2020

Author: James Armour, UNLEASH 2019 talents and co-host of SDGTalks In 2019, I flew from Copenhagen, Denmark to Shenzhen, China with a lot of excitement and high hopes. I had been lucky enough to be selected for the third edition of UNLEASH. At this point, I didn’t know anything about the person I was going […]

The UNLEASH Hacks Organizing Teams have been selected

July 20th, 2020

In 2020, UNLEASH is launching the localized online hackathons, UNLEASH Hacks. 17 teams were selected to organize a hack, which will focus on 12 different Sustainable Development Goals. The hacks will take place over the course of four weeks starting in September and you can learn more about Hacks here. If you want to be […]

The global innovation lab UNLEASH launches the second iteration of the pre-accelerator program UNLEASH+

July 6th, 2020

This year the global innovation initiative UNLEASH is launching the second iteration of the pre-accelerator program UNLEASH+ which is co-hosted by Chemonics International. UNLEASH+ has already impacted startups and the global development agenda and the aim is that this year will drive forth action on the Sustainable Development Goals. UNLEASH is a global innovation initiative […]

UNLEASH+ solution is using fog water harvesting technology to combat climate change

July 2nd, 2020

Author: Tatiana Estevez Carlucci, UNLEASH+ talent and founder of Permalution Back in 2015, I was backpacking in California after I graduated from university. It was drought period and I remember seeing on the news that farmers were taking their own lives because of how the water scarcity affected their crops. It struck me to learn that […]

After getting inspired at UNLEASH, Adila Sayyed started her impactful organization VERE360

June 30th, 2020

Author: Adila Sayyed, UNLEASH+ talent and co-founder of VERE360 Back in university, a couple of my friends and I were running a non-profit enrichment program for children to give them a safe place to play and learn. Some people took notice of the program and nominated me for the 2017 UNLEASH. 2017 gave me an […]

UNLEASH team has created higher incomes for Mexican fishermen and turned the invasive devil fish into an impactful and tasty venture

June 25th, 2020

Author: Mike Mitchell, UNLEASH 2018 talent, UNLEASH+ talent, and founder of Acari I started Acari as a fun side project while working with rural fishing communities in Tabasco, Mexico in 2015.  During my work, locals often mentioned that their primary problem was not access to capital, selling their catch or some other common issue but […]

UNLEASH solution set to open 25 health care centers in rural Uganda over the next year

June 24th, 2020

Author: Nicolas Laing, UNLEASH 2017 talent and UNLEASH+ 2019 talent, co-founder of OneDay Health Joining UNLEASH in 2017 was serendipity, fate, or providence. My wife and I were eating chapati in our hut in Northern Uganda, when she shared with me an e-mail about UNLEASH. The program looked amazing, but deadline for applications was the […]

A message to our community regarding racial injustice and Black Lives Matter

June 16th, 2020

The ongoing events surrounding the murder of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and many others before them have opened our eyes to the need for collective and urgent action. We join many others in acknowledging the pain experienced by the Black community in the U.S., as well as the collective trauma felt by millions of others […]

UNLEASH plays its part in the COVID-19 fight and launches new programs in 2020

June 2nd, 2020

Due to COVID-19, UNLEASH will be postponing its annual innovation lab to 2021, but will instead be launching a new series of online activities to continue advancement on solutions to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. UNLEASH is a global innovation initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals which works with young talents to come up […]

350 talents and facilitators hacked for Covid-19 and 31 new solutions came out of it

March 30th, 2020

Over the weekend, from March 28-29, 350 UNLEASH alumni and experts were involved in the first UNLEASH Hacks. The hacks are global digital hackathons designed to collectively address some of the challenges humanity is facing due to the spread and effect of the Covid-19 virus. Over 70 countries were part of the first UNLEASH Hacks. […]

UNLEASH launches global hacks for Covid-19

March 23rd, 2020

The UNLEASH Covid-19 Hack is a global digital hackathon designed to collectively address some of the challenges humanity is facing due to the spread and effect of the Covid-19 virus. By leveraging the community and methodology of the UNLEASH Innovation Lab, is is built on robust foundations and can be adapted to local needs. Through a […]

UNLEASH 2019 officially wrapped up in the Shenzhen Concert Hall and four solutions were awarded

November 14th, 2019

On the final day of UNLEASH, the energy was palapable. Not because it was the end of the week long innovation lab, that brought 1,200 young talents and facilitators to work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but because this was the culmination and celebration of all their hard work. The ceremony started with […]

Ping An Joins UNLEASH 2019 to Support Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals

November 11th, 2019

Ping An Insurance (Group) of Company of China, Ltd. is proud to represent the financial technology sector as a partner of UNLEASH 2019, the global innovation lab for sustainable development, in Shenzhen, China November 6-13. UNLEASH is bringing together a cross-section of the world’s top talent between the ages of 20 and 35, including more than 1,000 academics, entrepreneurs, […]

UNLEASH partners with OnFrontiers to build a global knowledge network for sustainability & innovation

October 23rd, 2019

UNLEASH announces an innovative Technology Partnership with OnFrontiers that will amplify support for Talents working on solving sustainability challenges Today UNLEASH, announced a partnership with OnFrontiers aimed at augmenting support for it’s more that 1,000 Talents each year working on developing solutions to sustainability challenges. Technical support has always been a core element of UNLEASH’s […]

Ramboll continues their partnership with UNLEASH for 2019

October 21st, 2019

Ramboll is continuing their partnership with UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2019. Nine of Ramboll’s talents will participate in Shenzhen, China along with 1,000 other bright minds from different sectors across the world to develop new solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a company that continually strive to be at the forefront , […]

Leymah Gbowee is coming to UNLEASH 2019 as a speaker

October 10th, 2019

  We are so excited to announce that Leymah Gbowee will be coming to UNLEASH 2019! Leymah Gbowee is a Nobel Prize laureate, Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is also the Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, based in Monrovia. Leymah led the nonviolent movement Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace […]

Danida Fellowship Centre is supporting UNLEASH 2019

September 20th, 2019

Since the first Danida fellows came to Denmark in the 1960s, about 27,000 individuals have been awarded Danida fellowships to study in Denmark or at Danish and local institutions abroad. They have pursued Master’s or PhD degrees or completed qualifying courses for professionals arranged by or at Danish institutions of higher or further education. Every […]

UNLEASH Lead Innovation Partner Deloitte continues to guide talents towards solutions for the SDGs

September 16th, 2019

Over the past three years, Deloitte supports the design, delivery, and facilitation of the Innovation Labs that are at the heart of the UNLEASH process. With a growing pool of young professionals who are passionate about making an impact on the world, Deloitte recognized early on the enormous potential of UNLEASH and our desire to […]

Chemonics International is the official Lead Scale Partner for UNLEASH

September 2nd, 2019

Chemonics International, a leading provider of international development solutions is expanding its partnership with UNLEASH, a global innovation lab that gathers 1,000 talent annually to collaborate on solutions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As Lead Scale Partner for UNLEASH, Chemonics will provide year-round support to enterprising youth by connecting them to the resources […]

The Hempel Foundation continues their partnership with UNLEASH for 2019

May 7th, 2019

Since the inaugural UNLEASH event in 2017, the Hempel Foundation has been a partner of UNLEASH. The Hempel Foundation is a commercial foundation dedicated to making a difference. The Foundation is the sole shareholder of the Hempel Group – a world-leading supplier of coatings for man-made structures – and a committed philanthropist within the fields […]

UNLEASH is open for applications!

March 18th, 2019

Calling all change-makers! Do you have talent for sustainability and passion for the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Then you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to be one of the 1,000 UNLEASH talents who will collaborate on solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. UNLEASH gathers top talent from all over the world and invites them for […]

Talent Seimar M. Solano Nelson’s guide to Shenzhen

February 25th, 2019

About 40 years ago, Shenzhen was a fishing village of not more than 30 thousand people overshadowed by its neighbor, Hong Kong. As the first Special Economic Zone of China, it became the birthplace of economic change and the power of modern China. As such, today the city if Shenzhen is one of China’s most […]

The Innovation Lab UNLEASH is going to megacity Shenzhen in China in November 2019

February 21st, 2019

It is time to announce that the city of Shenzhen in China will be hosting UNLEASH in 2019, November 6-13. Being a headquarter for many high-tech companies, an attractive place for startups, and a city dedicated to sustainable development, there is no doubt that Shenzhen will take UNLEASH to the next level. Shenzhen is known […]

New Years Greeting from Chairman Flemming Besenbacher

December 19th, 2018

Dear UNLEASH talents and supporters, When the idea of UNLEASH came up and slowly started to materialize back in 2016, there were several moments along the way where I must admit that I had serious doubts as to whether we could really carry the project through. But we did. We succeeded in gathering 1,000 young […]

Torbjørn Sindballe from Deloitte talks with UNLEASH on synergies between work on SDGs

November 26th, 2018

In Singapore, UNLEASH had a chat with Torbjørn Sindballe, Audit & Assurance Talent Leader at Deloitte about the synergies between Deloitte’s work and UNLEASH. Deloitte has been involved in UNLEASH since the beginning and have been the Innovation Lead in both Denmark and Singapore, sending facilitators and talents to come up with new solutions.

UNLEASH celebrates World Toilet Day with Jack Sim interview

November 19th, 2018

November 19 marks The World Toilet Day which aims to create awareness of the access to quality sanitation in many parts of the world. The day was started by the founder of The World Toilet Organization, Jack Sim, who UNLEASH met in Singapore for a talk on how he came up with this idea and […]

Talent uses solar energy for sugercane crushing, another is featured in UNEP and other updates

November 19th, 2018

Palak Aggarwal, co-founder of The Batti Ghar Foundation’s designs Solar Cane Palak co-founded The Batti Ghar Foundation, with her mentor, in early 2016 which work towards innovating and incubating sustainable technologies for livelihoods. With limited human and financial resources, she and her team at Batti Ghar have been able to innovate 4 technological solutions and […]

Updates from the UNLEASH community

August 13th, 2018

GOViral launches pilot in Philippines Based on the advice of several stakeholders at UNLEASH 2018 UNLEASH team GOViral has identified a local Barangay (community) where it wants to pilot its solution. The solution focusses on HBV in the Philippines, and it has received full support from the municipal mayor, the local health workers, and health […]

Winners of SDG 13: Climate Action

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: Vantage 720 Vantage 720 won for their solution to create awareness of climate change. Vantage 720 involves the creation of climate change lessons that will be localized with Indigenous knowledge and presented in a VR format, with calls to action and a designed curriculum to fit the cultural context of Grade 10-12 students […]

Winners of SDG 12: Responsible Supply Chain and Consumption

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: won for a solution with an app that matches cross-industries with excess materials. The solution is a platform that creates cross-industry behavioral nudges towards connection in a supply web. The solution includes: (1) Innovation Predictor; (2) User Interface to help us recognize our natural state of social curiosity; and (3) Machine learning that […]

Winners of SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: SaniHive SaniHive won for the solution which would provide better access to sanitation for people living in slums. Urban slum communities in Khayelitsha, South Africa need sustainable sanitation that meet the needs of high population density. The current temporary portable toilets are largely inaccessible due to space constraints leading to situations where 20,000 […]

Winners of SDG 4: Quality Education

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: @letschatyoungvoices @letschatyoungcoives won for their solution to provide sex education and awareness to decrease school dropouts due to teen pregnancy. The solution is addressing school dropouts aged 13 to 19, due to teen pregnancy in the Dominican Republic. 20% of the girls aged 15-19 years, drop out of schools due to teen pregnancy. The ‘Let’s Chat’ […]

Winners of SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: JOYA JOYA won gold for their solution, which would give mobility and safety to children with lower limb disabilities. In favelas of Rio de Janeiro, children with lower limb disabilities have difficulties accessing healthcare services. The rough terrain of the favela limits the child’s movement, preventing parents from bringing them for medical treatment. […]

Winners of SDG 2: Zero Hunger

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: Net-To Net-To won the Gold Award in their track for their solution to reduce post-harvest losses. Farmers in rural Nigeria face drastic post-harvest losses due to pests and environmental factors. By shortening drying-time, reducing contact with contaminants and bruising during post-harvest handling, the solution solves these issues. Net-To is a hammock-like sleeve designed […]

Winners of SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: ElecTrack ElecTrack won gold for their solution to track electricity from generation to consumption. Current Energy Certification of Origin system does not provide transparency to customer where and how their electricity is being produced. Thus, the investment in renewable energy may not have the intended impact on the final generation mix. ElecTrack changes this […]

Winners of SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

June 27th, 2018

Gold winner: Asha Asha won the gold prize for their solution, which will identify and catalyze franchise opportunities for youth. Asha creates a matchmaking service that can capture our users’ skill set such as his/her previous job experiences, soft skills and career aspirations, and match them with micro-franchising and employment opportunities. They prioritize micro-franchising as the […]

The winners of UNLEASH have been found

June 8th, 2018

At the UNLEASH Closing Ceremony the five winners of the special awards pitched and received their awards. Award for Gender Equality: Spice Girlz   Executive Summary: A growing middle-income population of young women in Indian cities experience limited opportunities for physical activity, placing them at increased risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including diabetes, heart disease and […]

World Diabetes Foundation is the official sponsors of the Health theme at UNLEASH 2018

May 26th, 2018

The World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) was founded by Novo Nordisk A/S in 2002 as an independent and non-profit foundation. Now 16 years later, the WDF is still one of the few funding mechanisms dedicated to preventing and treating diabetes in developing countries. It is the WDF’s mission to empower governments, civil society and other non-state […]

PRESS RELEASE: World’s largest innovation lab designed to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in Singapore, May 30 – June 6

May 22nd, 2018

UNLEASH is a global innovation lab, convening 1,000 carefully selected millennial thought leaders from more than 100 countries, who will collaborate on ideas and solutions to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Singapore is the official host of UNLEASH 2018. In 2017, the inaugural UNLEASH was held in August in Denmark, convening 1,000 […]

Keppel Corporation is the official main sponsor of the Sustainable Cities & Communities theme at UNLEASH 2018

May 20th, 2018

With a global footprint in more than 20 countries, Keppel is a multi-business company that delivers robust solutions for sustainable urbanisation to meet the growing need for energy, infrastructure, clean environments, high quality homes and offices, and connectivity. The Keppel Group of Companies includes Keppel Offshore & Marine, Keppel Land, Keppel Infrastructure, Keppel Telecommunications & […]

Deloitte is the official sponsor and Innovation Lead Partner of the SDG Innovation Lab

May 8th, 2018

Deloitte is collaborating with UNLEASH for the second year, to bring together the brightest young minds from different sectors and backgrounds to determine and develop new solutions for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As lead innovation partner for UNLEASH, Deloitte facilitates innovation labs where Deloitte professionals apply their business capabilities and innovation experience to guide […]

Sembcorp Industries is the official sponsor of the Water and Energy theme at UNLEASH 2018

May 7th, 2018

Sembcorp Industries is a leading utilities, marine and urban development group, present across five continents. As an integrated energy player, Sembcorp is poised to benefit from the global energy transition. It provides solutions across the energy and utilities value chain, with a focus on the Gas & Power, Renewables & Environment, and Merchant & Retail […]

DBS Bank is the official sponsor of the Climate Action theme at UNLEASH 2018

April 30th, 2018

2018 is DBS’ 50th anniversary. The story of DBS is intertwined with Singapore’s, and their achievements mirror hers. In their early years as the Development Bank of Singapore, their mandate was to finance a newly-independent Singapore’s industrialisation. DBS has therefore always been a different kind of bank, with a mission that was bigger than themselves. […]

UNLEASH is going to Singapore in 2018!

December 14th, 2017

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore as host of UNLEASH Innovation Lab in 2018 During his visit to Singapore, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen handed over UNLEASH to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. UNLEASH is a global innovation lab, bringing together 1,000 carefully selected young talents from across the world, to collaborate […]

Winners of the seven SDG themes have been found

August 24th, 2017

During Dragons’ Den the winners of the seven UNLEASH themes were found. Find more information about the winners here: Education & ICT Energy Health Food Sustainable Consumption & Production Urban Sustainability Water

Winners of Health

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – Block Fakes Team 19: Akshay Navaladi, Adebisi Adenipekun and Desmond Nji Atanga Solution: 120,000 children die due to counterfeit antimalarial drugs in Africa each year. In Nigeria alone, over 70% of all drugs sold annually are counterfeit. Existing solutions to tackle this problem have proven to be expensive and inadequate. Hence, Block Fakes propose […]

Winners of Sustainable Consumption & Production

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – SmartWrapR Team 13: Lu Yu, Morgan Law, Emelie Lindahl, Ryoko Suzuki, John Oyewole and Kevin Lee Solution: Shrink wrap is one of the largest hidden pollutants in the world. In the United States, there are over 2 billion pallets which causes 1.0 billion pounds of petroleum waste and of which 95% is expected […]

Winners of Water

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – UNLEAK Team 16: Emmanuel Marfo, Jon Kornik, Meseret Dawit Teweldebrihan, Priyank Hirani, Yael Zvulunov, and Yajun Wang Solution: Leaks inside homes lose enough water to serve 600 million people each day. UNLEAK will fix this in water stressed cities by offering free leak detection and cheap repairs to all. Using a method to […]

Winners of Urban Sustainability

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – Demolition 4 Design Team 17: Clare McCracken, Gitte Gylling Hammershøj Olesen, Kunmi Odufuye, Nicholas Ransome, and Zoé Bezpalko Solution: The Demolition 4 Design (D4D) platform disrupts the ecosystem of the built environment by connecting previously disconnected professionals, increasing knowledge of sustainable solutions and enabling value creation by diverting landfill waste into new […]

Winners of Food

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – Doti Gold Team 15: Benjamin Moore, Anja Rabezanahary, Eric Nwoko, Courage Saba, and Blessing Mene Edward Odgers Solution: Doti Gold is a for-profit organization that transforms food waste to gold (animal feed and fertiliser) using the Black Soldier Flies. Doti Gold will produce more affordable inputs mainly proteins for fish and bio fertiliser for […]

Winners of Energy

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – Earthmark Team 21: Spencer Jay Horne, T. Adil Chowdhury and Anders Brandt Bangsgaard Solution: Product manufacturers will not use sustainable practices until demanded by consumers, but consumers have no easy way to make the best choices. The Earthmark app allows consumers to easily identify the most sustainable choices within product categories, spurring green […]

Winners of Education & ICT

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – HOD – Hear-oes on Demand Team 18: Silvia Muturi, Ryan Scott, Rick Martin, Nela Sladojevic, Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu, and Madhvi Aggarwal Solution: There is over 1.5 million deaf people in Kenya. The gap between the availability of interpreters and deaf individuals is 1:7500. Institutions which are mandated by the government to provide […]

The winners of UNLEASH LAB 2017 have been found

August 22nd, 2017

Although UNLEASH LAB 2017 is over, we are already looking to the future to help all the great solutions become a reality. Congratulations to all our talents for all their hard work. Here are the winners of the five special awards: 1. Most impact potential SmartWrapR Theme: Sustainable Production and Consumption Team 13: Lu Yu, […]

Founder & CEO og Khan Academy, Salman “Sal” Khan will be coming to UNLEASH

August 15th, 2017

Salman Khan will be joining UNLEASH in Aarhus. Salman “Sal” Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy started as a passion project. Sal’s cousin was struggling with math. He tutored her remotely and posted educational videos on YouTube. So […]

The Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen will give a speech at UNLEASH

August 4th, 2017

The Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, will give a speech during the “UNLEASH Awards Show- Presented by BESTSELLER”. Lars Løkke Rasmussen has served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 2009 to 2011 and again since June 2015. He has been a member of the Danish Parliament since 1994 and Chairman of the Danish Liberal […]

Ashton Kutcher is attending UNLEASH

August 2nd, 2017

We are happy to announce that actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, investor and producer, Ashton Kutcher will be coming to UNLEASH on August 21. Ashton Kutcher has been named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” as well as being honored by Vanity Fair ‘s New Establishment List, which identifies the top 50 […]

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be coming to UNLEASH

August 2nd, 2017

  Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be coming to Aarhus to celebrate the SDG Talents. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls. She is committed to creating awareness, respect and acceptance of women and girls’ sexual and […]

Dee Poon of Esquel Group is coming to UNLEASH

August 1st, 2017

  On the final day of UNLEASH, we are happy to have Dee Poon speak on sustainable production and comsumption at Musikhuset, Aarhus. Dee Poon is the Managing Director of Brands and Distribution of Esquel Group, a global leading textile and apparel manufacturer with operations located worldwide. In 2014, Dee was selected as a Young […]

Welcome by Chairman, Flemming Besenbacher

August 1st, 2017

In just 12 days, UNLEASH will kick off in Denmark. We are so excited to welcome our 1,000 global top talents from more 129 countries. We have tech-entrepreneurs, leading academics, young professionals, and development program officers. All talents have proved a passion for positive change. We have gathered an incredibly diverse group of young and […]