The EarthTech Challenge 2020 – Call for applications

Deadline: 23 January 2020
Open to: purpose-driven youth aged between 13-29 with a passion for solving our most pressing environmental and social issues, through the use of science, technology, communication and design
Benefits: finalists receive x2 complimentary summit tickets, x2 travel tickets, x2 shared accommodation vouchers and x2 meals passes for the event


The EarthTech Challenge is organized and operated by EarthTech (“EarthTech Challenge”, “ETC”, “We”, “Us”, “Our”), a social enterprise based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Challenge  Purpose

Their purpose is to empower young people to help solve the biggest environmental and social issues of our time. They aim to inspire, support, and scale technologies dedicated to Earth’s sustainability, by bridging gaps between youth education, job creation, economic development and environmental sustainability and supplying the tools they need to make commercially viable businesses as well as tangible impact to the Global Goals in a coherent way.

They do this by bringing together the critical resources: visionary entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, investment capital and a shared purpose through an unprecedented challenge.

It includes a six-week online course run from the 16th December 2019 to 24th January 2020, delivered via a cloud-based platform that provides teams with seamless on boarding, access to expert educational material and mentorship.

The competition aims to achieve and create exponential impact for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals. The SDG’s are a historic and universal call to action to end poverty, solve the climate crisis, protect biodiversity and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Individuals and/or teams can register in one of the following categories: Poverty & Inequality,  Food, Water & Health Care, Climate & Energy, Sustainable Futures and Environment & Biodiversity. Entries should demonstrate how the concept relates and is aligned to one or more of the SDGs and how technology, creativity, and innovation can help to achieve the Global Goals.

Each category covers one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Judging criteria includes the impact a submission makes on the SDGs, based on the corresponding metrics. Teams are welcome to describe the impact on any of the SDGs. The category descriptions are not exhaustive or exclusive.

  1. Poverty & Inequality
  2. Food, Water & Health Care
  3. Climate & Energy
  4. Sustainable Futures
  5. Environment & Biodiversity


Do you like working on a fun project either independently or as a group? Do you like to gathering new information, embarking on a discovery tour of your project? Do you like to explore all the elements of your work and collaborate on new and innovative platforms? Do you like to reflect on your achievements and generate a valuable asset towards the greater global good? Then the EarthTech Challenge is for you!

The EarthTech Challenge invites purpose-driven youth aged between 13-29 with a passion for solving our most pressing environmental and social issues, through the use of science, technology, communication and design.


  • Finalists (the nominated team leader + representative) will be offered two (2) complimentary travel tickets, two (2) shared accommodations and 3 meals per person / per day for the duration of the ETC Summit at Makepeace Island in Noosa from 20th – 23rd February, 2020.
  • Parents or legal guardians are required to accompany any winners under 18-years old. EarthTech will provide travel and accommodation for guardians.
  • Any out of pocket expenses incurred to participate in the Challenge and or Summit are at the Entrants discretion and solely the Entrants responsibility. ETC, its Judges and Competition Partners will have no responsibility for any Entrant’s out of pocket costs and expenses related to the EarthTech Challenge or Summit.
  • Entrants are solely responsible for any taxes or other applicable governmental charges from any federal, state or local authority that may be due as a result of winning a prize or obtaining any opportunities as a result of the ETC. All Entrants should seek independent advice regarding tax and other liabilities associated with winning a prize or receiving other benefits as a result of the ETC.

How to apply?

For more information please visit the official website link.