SDG Summer School 2021

on Open Source Health Solutions

International Summer School in the Center of Paris July 5th – July 30th

Registration May - June 2021


See what happened last year

About the SDG School

The SDG School is a four week long challenge-based university that gives you access to a platform where you can voice an opinion, take an action and create an impact alongside 15 young leaders from across the globe.

The SDG School is based on the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations to be reached by 2030, a blueprint to achieve a better and a sustainable future for all cultures around the globe in the areas of education, healthcare, equality, energy, production, consumption, climate change and strategic partnerships.

During these 4 intensive weeks, you will be exposed to global scenarios, new methodologies in science and technology and will be trained to think like a social entrepreneur to prototype a meaningful project. You will create a game, make a device or build an art installation tackling a SDG with the mentorship of experts in game making, medicine, environmental science, digital fabrication, frugal innovation – and much more!

The program

Key Information

  • Partners: University of Geneva and several other partner Universities and maker spaces worldwide.
  • Fees: Free for ALL
  • Prizes: Top teams can apply to the SDG Accelerator programme to support further development of their project.
  • Certificates and credits: All participants obtain certificates of completion, which are equivalent to 6 ECTS. Please verify with your Academic Advisor if the credits are transferable to your university.

Challenges of 2021

  • Opening critical medical equipment (02 concentrators, device for monitoring dialysis surgery)
  • Wearable devices and apps for improving students mental health
  • Assistive devices and technologies to help daily life of people with disabilities
  • Games and apps for health prevention (breast cancer awareness in Nepal)

4 week-long fun and engaging program

  • Training on digital fabrication (3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Arduino), game design, openings on education, health and e-health.
  • Working on the most urgent and innovative real-life challenges
  • Rapid Prototyping and iterating
  • Collaborating with students from international and interdisciplinary backgrounds
  • Connecting & sharing resources with other international summer school partners.
Previous Edition

Take a look to the 2019 SDG school: it gathered 40 participants guided with 20 mentors from 10 countries. The 13 teams shaped games, devices, experiences and facilities tackling water access, housing matters, bullying prevention, waste management, craftsmanship valorization and learning support and presented it in UNESCO to an expert committee.


We are looking for bright, curious, autonomous students from all training backgrounds from Corporate Young Leaders to Students from Design, Engineering, Art, Business, Law, Health, Policy and other backgrounds, and high school students.

  • Rolling Admission until 30 June 2021

  • Program at Paris : 05 July - 30 July 2021

Participant application

For students applying for the SDG School 2021

Academic application

For universities and institutes to support students for the SDG School 2021