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Apply Now: 2019 WBG Youth Summit

Established in 2013, the Youth Summit is an annual event hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG) to engage with youth globally on the most pressing topics facing our generation.

The primary goals of the Summit are to (1) empower youth to explore innovative ideas to tackle emerging development challenges, (2) provide youth with the tools to build and engage in impactful projects, and (3) promote dialogue between youth, the WBG, and other key stakeholders globally.

The 2019 WBG Youth Summit will be a two-day interactive event, taking place at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC from December 2-3, 2019.

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Applications Close on October 6, 2019 (11:59pm ET)

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The two-day Summit will include keynote speeches from leaders in the field, stakeholder discussions for delegates and livestream audience and expert panels that offer targeted insights.

Attendees will enjoy the Innovation Marketplace, where you can learn about partner organizations through interactive exhibits and engage directly with industry leaders.

NEW THIS YEAR: This year’s World Bank Group Youth Summit will feature a new action-based learning component: Smart City Solutions Case Challenge:

Over the course of the Summit, all participants will gain real time experience in a team-based, simulated scenario identifying key challenges and opportunities in the development of a smart city. Through facilitated working sessions led by leading development practitioners, you will work with your peers to develop and present your solutions. The case challenge will provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, problem-solving skills, and creativity while co-creating and networking with your peers and experts in the field.

The Summit also includes the live pitch of the finalists of the Youth Summit Competition to an expert judging panel and livestream audience (see below for further information).

2019 Youth Summit Competition

Do you have an idea that has the capacity to leverage technology to build sustainable and inclusive cities that will serve the needs of 1 million inhabitants by 2030?

Submit Your Proposal Now
Deadline for Submission: October 13, 2019 (11:59 PM ET)
Cities are places of opportunity. Globally, 4 billion people – more than half the global population – live in cities. By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, and a third of the world’s population will be housed in cities with 1 million or more inhabitants. Majority of this growth will occur in developing countries.However, rapid urbanization at this scale presents unparalleled challenges. The increasing population density, shocks from environmental pressures, growing infrastructure demands, and the increased expectations from residents and visitors for basic services are straining already limited resources.
This year, the Youth Summit Competition challenges young changemakers to harness smart technology to:

  1. Address the rising impacts of climate change and pollution in urban cities
  2. Promote urban inclusion to enhance social, political, and economic empowerment
These solutions will seek to address problems that lie at the intersection of technology, infrastructure, human development, and sustainable development for cities, which will impact the future of our youth and generations to come.


  • The Competition is open to individuals or teams of 1-4 people, aged 18 to 35 as of 11:59 pm ET on October 1, 2019 (prior entrepreneurial experience or business background is not required)
  • Proposals must be the original work of the participant(s), related to one of the themes specified, submitted in English, and applicable to at least one client country of the World Bank
  • World Bank Group staff, including consultants and interns, are not eligible to participate in the Competition.
Selection Criteria
  • Clarity, scope and relevance of the problem and of the proposed solution;
  • Innovation and originality;
  • Feasibility of implementation and sustainability over time;
  • Potential for impact; and
  • Compliance with competition criteria.
For more information about the Summit and the Competition, please visit website or contact 


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