Call for Innovations!

Throughout the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development, a knowledge and innovation fair will showcase novel approaches to advancing the SDGs. Over the course of three days, the fair will invite people to get their hands dirty with some of the best examples in immersive storytelling, data, tech and community organizing.

If you or your organization has a great idea to share, please consider applying! Due to the limited space at the Conference Centre, we will be approving applications based on availability and the criteria the below.

Criteria & Selection of Proposals

The fair is being developed as a complementary track to the immersive conference, and as such, booths are expected to be as interactive and hands on as possible. Our goal is to make it PAPERLESS – digital screens, mobile phone apps, selfie stations – showcasing some of the best new tools out there to involve people in policy decision making, or mitigate the challenges with the SDGs to make them more accessible.

It is highly likely that you will be requested to provide an individual to be present at your booth during the designated hours on the agenda. If your proposed idea is more conceptual, rather than visual or interactive, then we ask you to consider applying to participate in a session instead: apply to host a session.



The Knowledge and Innovation Fair will be set up on the day before the Festival begins – Tuesday 20th March 2018 and will run for the entirety of the Festival. With over 1000 participants expected across the course of the 3-day event, the Knowledge and Innovation fair will be positioned outside the plenary room and will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to network, discuss, explore and connect with some of the minds behind the latest innovations in this space.

The window for submissions will close on 15th January 2018, these will then be reviewed by the core organizing team and all lead organizers will be contacted by early February to be notified if their submission has been accepted.

Innovators will be expected to cover the costs of their staff and to attend the Festival and run the booth, while the core organizers of the Festival will cover communications and media work to promote the session, the venue costs and all technical requirements and various logistical support. Innovators will bring with them any supporting materials but should identify in the application form what technical requirements and support they would envisage needing. All innovators will have their logos featured on event materials and on the website (See Partnerships page for further information) and all participants of the Festival will be invited to join the UN SDG Challenge Awards Ceremony (21st March) and the social event on the evening of 22nd March, free of charge.

The Head of Innovation from the Events organizing team will connect with all innovators in advance of the Festival to run through logistical, technical and set-up requirements to support the preparations for the fair.

The​ ​main​ ​organizer​ ​and​ ​host​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Festival​ ​is​ ​the​ ​​UN​ ​SDG​ ​Action​ ​Campaign​,​ ​who​ ​is​ ​in​ ​charge​ ​of​ ​the overall​ ​strategy​ ​and​ ​program​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Festival.​ ​The​ ​UN​ ​SDG​ ​Action​ ​Campaign​ ​is​ ​seeking​ ​partners​ ​for​ ​the 2018​ ​edition​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Festival.

Partners​ ​receive​ ​to​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​co-design​ ​the​ ​Festival,​ ​thereby​ ​setting​ ​the​ ​agenda​ ​and​ ​influencing​ ​the SDG​ ​Action​ ​community.​ ​Partners​ ​also​ ​receive​ ​the​ ​visibility​ ​of​ ​being​ ​formally​ ​associated​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Festival. We​ ​expect​ ​over​ ​1000​ ​diverse​ ​participants​ ​from​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world​ ​representing​ ​civil​ ​society, government,​ ​youth,​ ​the​ ​private​ ​sector,​ ​activists,​ ​artists,​ ​cities​ ​and​ ​more​ ​more​ ​-​ ​tap​ ​into​ ​their​ ​potential​ ​to advance​ ​the​ ​SDGs​ ​by​ ​partnering​ ​with​ ​us!

There​ ​are​ ​different​ ​types​ ​of​ ​partners​ ​with​ ​various​ ​roles,​ ​duties​ ​and​ ​rights.​ ​The​ ​Festival​ ​is​ ​conceptualised as​ ​a​ ​platform​ ​for​ ​partners​ ​and​ ​participants​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​and​ ​increase​ ​action​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​SDGs.​ ​Partners are​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​proactively​ ​contribute​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Festival​ ​including​ ​to​ ​its​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​budget.

Please see the Partnerships page for further information.

We welcome all session ideas, whether it be a high-level panel discussion, a policy simulation, an interactive workshop, a hackathon – we want to hear from you! If you think your innovation would be better delivered as a session, please apply through the session submission form. If you feel a booth in the fair would support your session, please feel free to apply for both although if space is limited, we may need to decide which submission is more suitable pending the submission review.

If you would like to enter the UN SDG Challenge Awards programme with the same project or initiative, please do so, but let us know! Simply tick the relevant box at the end of the application form. You will need to ensure that you then complete Challenge Awards entry form and tick the box that links that award entry to this submission.