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Skills Challenge Innovation Call: Finding solutions to skills mismatch

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The ILO is calling on individuals and organizations to share innovative ideas and solutions to address the skills mismatch challenge. The ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call will recognise and support the development of solutions that aim to address the different forms and dimensions of skills mismatch.

These can include proposals to:

  • enhance the effectiveness of vocational education and training programmes through innovative delivery and assessment partnerships;
  • improve the development and recognition of knowledge, skills and attributes of employees through innovative work based learning initiatives;
  • empower enterprises to better utilise the skills of their workers;
  • improve the collection, analysis, management and use of data and information on skill needs and labour market trends;
  • improve the training and employment of under-represented groups including migrant and refugees, people with disabilities, young people and women;
  • improve the provision of active labour market programmes through the integrated provision of vocational and job search assistance, training and work placement for the unemployed; and
  • to establish new and innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships to address skills mismatch at the regional, sectoral or local levels.

Who can apply?

Any individual or any formally constituted and registered organisation/company in existence for at least two calendar years prior to the deadline. By organizations we mean cooperatives, education and training institutions (including schools, public and private training providers and universities), government agencies, NGOs and civil society organizations, public and private enterprises, regional and sectoral bodies and research organisations.

We are open to all ideas and solutions at any stage of development. They can be at an early-stage or more mature innovation. They can be a one person’s idea or involve a collaborative joint effort from different actors, such as governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations.

An expert evaluation panel will evaluate all proposals and the winner will receive support to turn the idea into reality and cement their role as innovators in skills development.

What will the winner get?

The winning entry will receive substantial support comprised on the following:

  • Financial support: The winner will receive a $50,000 grant to implement the proposed solution;
  • Six-month innovation lab: The winner will receive technical support to transform the idea into a prototype ready to be piloted, including through boot camps and remote mentoring via a virtual platform;
  • Worldwide visibility: The winner will receive support through awareness raising of the idea and solution, including an invitation to a global event to present the innovation concept to potential partners and sponsors, press articles in media channels, videos, among others;
  • Extended network and partnerships: The winner and shortlisted entries will join the ILO’s Global Network of Skills Innovators. They will have the opportunity to exchange with other innovators and share their solutions with ILO’s stakeholders. 

What is the application process and key dates?

To submit your idea or solution, applicants should:

  1. Go to the Skills Challenge Innovation Call webpage ;
  2. Revise the eligibility criteria  and terms and conditions  of the competition;
  3. Develop the proposal and secure support from partners;
  4. Complete the form  available on the website;
  5. Send the completed form and supporting documents to skills@ilo.org by 13 April 2020 (midnight, Geneva time).

Applications and supporting documents can be submitted in English, French and Spanish. There is no fee  to participate in the Call. Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their application has been received. Incomplete or late responses will not be considered.

Key dates and deadlines: 

  • Launch of the Call: 29 January 2020;
  • Submission deadline for ideas: 13 April 2020 (midnight, Geneva time);
  • Announcement of winner: 14 May 2020;
  • Skills Innovation Lab commences: September 2020;
  • Piloting of solution completed by: September 2021.

Any queries related to the challenge call in general or the application process itself should be directed to skills@ilo.org.

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The Roddenberry Prize 2020 for Organizations with innovative solutions

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The $1M Roddenberry Prize is a call for big, bold solutions from anyone, anywhere that address the challenges of an unpredictable and fast-changing global landscape. Four game-changing and innovative solutions will each receive $250,000 for their work in one of the following fields: Education, Science, Environment, and Humanity. Applications from anyone — individuals, for-profits, teams, non-profits, and B-corps — are welcome.

Deadline: April 10, 2020.
Eligibility

The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Prize applications from individuals, non-profits, social enterprises, and B-corps who meet all of the following:

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older
  • Organizations or institutions with a budget of $10mil or less
  • Organizations whose primary focus of their work is either Education, Science, Environment, or Humanity
  • Submit an application in English
  • Include completed responses to all required application questions
  • Agree to all legal terms and conditions of the Prize grant program
    Be able to legally receive grant funding
Prizes

Four awardees will receive $250,000 each. Awards will be announced in August 2020. The top organizations in each issue area that are not awarded a prize will be recognized publicly as Finalists.

Timeline and Applications
Prize Launch: March 4, 2020
Between March 4 and April 10, learn about the Prize, register account, review and apply.
 
Round One Deadline: April 10, 2020
Complete registration and submit application by 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline.
 
Round One review: April 13–May 8, 2020
The Roddenberry Foundation team reviews submissions to ensure compliance with Prize eligibility and rules. Advisors provide specialised expertise to reviewers, and Round One applications are evaluated using a scoring rubric.
 
Round Two opens: May 11, 2020
Select number of applications will be invited to submit application for Round Two of the Prize. Only those who are invited to Round Two will remain in consideration for the Prize. Invited applicants will have four weeks to submit their Round Two application.
 
Round Two deadline: June 5, 2020
Round Two applicants will have three weeks to submit their Round Two application. All Round Two applications are due by June 5, 2020, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Applications cannot be submitted after deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered.
 
Round Two Evaluation: June 8- July 13, 2020
The Roddenberry Foundation team a panel of advisors evaluates applications using the scoring criteria, with consultations from advisors. Top scoring applications from each category are selected for award.
 
Prize Announcement: August 2020
The 2020 Prize Awardees will be announced on The Roddenberry Foundation website, The Roddenberry Foundation social media, and via press release.
HOW TO APPLY 

If you did not register for our new application system in 2019, or if you submitted an application in 2018 or earlier, you can create an account APPLY HERE.

If you did create an account, simply sign in HERE and click the “Apply” button on the right next to “Prize”.

For more Information: Visit the website for Roddenberry Prize 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs & Changemakers 

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Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest 2020 for Students & Young Entrepreneurs

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The Drucker Challenge is an international essay competition held annually by the Drucker Society Europe, in conjunction with the Drucker Forum. The Challenge explores a current topic in management – typically related to the theme of the Forum – in the context of Peter Drucker’s human-oriented management philosophy.

Requirements for Drucker Challenge Essay Contest:

General requirements

  • You must be 18-35 years old (inclusive of both ages)
  • You must have been selected no more than once (or not at all) among the top 10 since 2010

Essay category requirements
You can submit one essay to participate as either a student or a professional
(please mention your main occupation in the submission form)

Student category

  • You are a part-time or full-time student (bachelor, master, MBA, or PhD) or you are seeking your first opportunity after the completion of your last degree

Professional category

You are a

  • manager of people, projects, budgets, and/or processes
  • an entrepreneur or business owner
  • licensed professional
  • social volunteer or community leader

First Prizes:

  • A cash prize of 1.500 EUR  (to be handed over at Awards ceremony)

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue)
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
    Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
    Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
    Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
  • Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
    Sightseeing or Museum tour with an experienced guide (upon request)
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
  • Certificate with ranking
    on this website plus Drucker Forum newsletter and Forum Community newsletter. Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
  • Ranking list and publication of essay
  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.

Second and Third
Prize Winners

(Those who are ranked nr. 2 or nr. 3 in the Student or Professional category)

BENEFITS

  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue). A special Young Generation Luncheon will be organized
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
    Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
    Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
    Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
  • Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
  • Certificate with ranking
  • Ranking list and publication of essay on this website. Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.

Finalists Ranked
Places 4 to 10

BENEFITS

  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue). A special Young Generation Luncheon will be organized
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
    Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
    Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
    Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
  • Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
  • Certificate with ranking
  • Ranking list and publication of essay on this website.
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.

Places 11 to 15

(all equal without ranking)

BENEFITS

  • If you qualified for the Second Round of judging without being selected as one of the 10 finalists, you will receive free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue
  • You must make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation in order to attending the Forum. No cash refund.
  • However, you will be eligible to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay (with travel/accommodation reimbursement based on our travel process & policy)

How to submit your Essay for Drucker Challenge Essay Contest

Go to SUBMISSION in the main menu, fill in the form and upload your essay.

In case you encounter problems with uploading, please send your file and information to essay[at]druckerchallenge.org BEFORE May 24, 2020, 16:00 CET (4:00 PM CET)

Please note:

  • NO entry fees to be paid
  • Authors from all around the world are invited

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest 2020

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