Deadline: 26th January 2023 | An opportunity for young thinkers and activists to design their future. Supported by the United Nations Foundation, young leaders from around the world will come together to embark on a two week design sprint to explore, prototype, and launch initiatives to tackle some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

The theme of the 2023 Big Brainstorm is “A Year of Action for the SDGs.” The upcoming second SDG Summit is an opportunity to accelerate action to solve the world’s most urgent problems, with young people at the forefront of change.

It is also a turning point to drive collective action for both people and the planet. The most successful initiatives will be spotlighted during the SDG Summit to demonstrate that meaningful progress on the 17 Global Goals is possible.

All young changemakers who engage in the Big Brainstorm will also be members of the Engine Room to Unlock the Future – a wider space for young people to forge connections, mobilize, and drive our efforts to rejuvenate the multilateral system.

How it Works:
“Interested in joining the Big Brainstorm? Click register now to tell us which of our 8 Action Groups you would like to work with. Here you can also propose your own initiative for the chance for it to form part of an Action Group’s agenda, and be supported by the Next Generation Fellows.”

16 February 2023 – Big Kick-Off
A virtual event for mentors, partners, and young changemakers who are interested in contributing to one of the Action Groups. Each Action Group will give a short presentation showcasing the objectives of successful initiatives from our open call for submissions.

Throughout – Action Groups and Spotlight sessions
Throughout the Big Brainstorm, mentorship and support will be provided to each initiative within the 8 Action Groups to help build the networks and momentum they need to succeed. This includes a check-in with the UN Foundation team, and roundtables with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers.

28 February 2023 – Big Pitch
Each Action Group will be given 8 minutes to present to partners, donors, and other young thinkers and activists. An intergenerational panel will provide feedback during the Big Pitch, and there will be a prize-giving for the most creative, ambitious proposals.

19-20 September 2023 (SDG Summit) – After the Event
After the Big Brainstorm, support from the Unlock coalition will continue to be provided for Action Groups to deliver on their plans. Key achievements will be showcased during the SDG Summit in September 2023, and progress and achievements of Action Groups will be shared throughout our network in the monthly Unlock newsletter.

Find out more and apply at the official link below:


Apply before 26th January, 2023