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Sustainable Development Challenge

The Datathon 2019 Sustainable Development Challenge is an opportunity for you to improve your analytics and problem-solving skills, learn about important global issues, and practice using data to tell a story.

Challenge Starts: September 1st, 2019

Submissions Due: October 13th, 2019

Top 5 Teams Presentations: November 2nd, 2019

About the 2019 Challenge

At the heart of the 2013 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Challenge will focus on 5 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The SDG Knowledge Platform

The Sustainability Challenge is about effective storytelling with data. You will identify a smaller problem or topic within one of the five selected Sustainable Development Goals and develop a 10-minute presentation on the issue. More in depth instructions will be available in the Challenge Package that will be released when the Challenge begins.



After the submission deadline the top 5 submissions will be selected to present to judges in Toronto for the cash prizes. Travel costs from within Ontario to Toronto for the top 5 teams will be reimbursed.


First Place:      $3,000

Second Place: $2,000

Third Place:     $1,000

Register for the Challenge


The Challenge is open to registered highschool and post-secondary students. Challenge Information Packages are available through the link below, you must be registered to compete. 

Teams may be of 1-3 persons. Each team member must register separately using the same team name in the form below.

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