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    Unite Ideas is a United Nations’ platform for innovating social impact

    Unite Ideas facilitates collaboration between the United Nations, academia, and civil society to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Human Rights, Peace and Security and the Rule of Law through crowdsourcing challenges.

    The platform engages and mobilizes data scientists, programmers, designers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide to develop open source technology solutions to challenges posed by partners who are united in their goal to generate social good.

    Unite Ideas is a community of problem solvers working together to create technology solutions for social impact.

    Unite Ideas connects the United Nations and talented individuals worldwide who have the skills and desire to help advance the UN’s mission to make the world a better place for all. By harnessing the power of technology and people, Unite Ideas ignites action and change.

    Unite Ideas harnesses the power of data and technology for development

    The United Nations produces a vast amount of data. Our archives include a rich history covering more than 60 years of work. Making this data accessible and actionable is both a challenge and an opportunity to provide governments, policymakers, researchers and the public with new insights to advance understanding of complex issues.

    Through the Unite Ideas platform, data scientists, programmers, technologists, and researchers across the globe are granted access to real-world data-driven challenges faced by the United Nations and its Member States. Unite Ideas collaborators can connect with UN staff and other global experts who are uniquely committed to positively impacting the world.

    Unite Ideas are ideas with impact. Many Unite Ideas solutions have been implemented by partners or used to improve existing tools that support decision-making on development

    What are people saying about Unite Ideas? 

    "As the Chief Information Technology Officer, I invite the global community of data scientists to partner with the United Nations in our mandate to harness the power of data analytics and visualization to uncover new knowledge about UN-related topics such as human rights, environmental issues, and political affairs."

    Ms. Atefeh Riazi - Chief Information Technology Officer at the United Nations

    "Working with the UN’s Unite Ideas platform and team enabled IDMC to leverage the efforts of brilliant, talented data scientists from around the world. Thanks to Unite Ideas, we were able to move much more quickly than if we had developed our tool ourselves. Using this platform also gave us the opportunity to call attention to the issue of internal displacement and introduce it, and our work, to a community that we had not previously engaged with. We’re quite pleased with the submissions we received, and on the whole, this can only be classified as a huge success. We can’t wait to collaborate with Unite Ideas again!"

    Mr. Justin Ginnetti, Data and Analysis, Head of Department, IDMC Geneva (http://www.internal-displacement.org/)

    How do I get involved?

    Sponsor a challenge

    Does your organization have a compelling question and untapped data with the potential to provide new insights into a complex social issue? Launch a challenge with us!

    Contact details

    For launching a challenge or any other matter please contact us at uniteideas@un.org

    Participate in a challenge

    Want to make a difference and work together with the United Nations and its partners to solve complex challenges? Submit your solution to a challenge on the Unite Ideas website.