This year’s 7th Edition of the Social Innovation Challenge took place on the 12th June. More than 40 students from St. Martin’s, St. Edwards, St. Michael’s, De La Salle, Immculation Conception as well as St. Dorothy’s participated. Once again, the programme was in collaboration with Microsoft Malta and supported by HSBC Malta.
Each year, we target different topics in order to convey entrepreneurial concepts to impact, inspire and open young minds. As we are part of the international organisation Junior Achievement Worldwide, we naturally decided to align this year’s challenge to its new common thread. Indeed, we are very concerned with the upturn of the world’s future. Therefore, we oriented this edition towards the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
11th Sustainable Development Goal
Malta is a good example of strong growth and development in terms of demography, real estate, tourism, infrastructure … As a matter of fact, the Maltese population is facing acute challenges in managing this rapid urbanization.
Thus, we assigned the students to task of designing a business solution that tackles the 11th Sustainable Development Goal in Malta with the use of modern technology.
In order to help and guide them, informative presentations on relevant topics regarding sustainable buildings, artificial intelligence and green rooves were made respectively by Ms. Mireille from QP, Ms. Claudia from IT University and Mr. Antoine from LifeMedGreenRoof.
After working with their mentors from Microsoft, GiG and EY Malta students identified issues faced by Maltese society such as transport, traffic, polluted air and water. The day ended with presentations of the teams regarding their business solutions to a panel of judges including Ms. Chantelle from HSBC Malta, Ms. Abigail from QP Malta and Mr. Johann from Malta Innovation Summit.
Ms. Fiona Captur, JAYE Malta CEO commented:
“It is clear that the students took all they were told on board, got to the core of the issues and came up with some detailed and innovative solutions in a short space of time. Presentations were delivered with much conviction and passion. It was a delight to see!”
Fili Moswala Moneli