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Technovation Challenge 2020 for Girls Worldwide

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Every year, Technovation invites teams of girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. We challenge girls to solve a problem in their
community by learning together.

About Technovation Girls:

Technovation Girls is a free technology-based program for girls ages 10 – 18. 

Working in teams (of 1 to 5), girls find a problem in their community and build a mobile app to help solve it. Along the way, they develop their collaboration, problem-solving, and leadership skills.

Duration:

Technovation Girls will take 30+ hours to complete (recommended allocation of about 12 weeks to finish) and is completely free.

Any girl or young woman (ages 10-18) interested in Technovation Girls is eligible to compete.

Eligibility:

To join the competition, a girl must create or join a team on the technovation challenge platform, have a parent/guardian sign the consent form and meet the following Student Participation criteria:

  • All students must be between the ages of 10 to 18 as of August 1, 2020.
  • All students must identify as female. Males participants are not allowed in this competition.
  • Teams are composed of 1 to 5 students. Students can only join 1 team.
  • Competition Divisions are based on the age of the oldest student on the team.
  • Students can participate in Technovation Girls for multiple seasons until they reach the age of 18
    • Students can work with the same team members and mentors, but they cannot submit the materials to competition over multiple years.
    • Teams can explore the same problem, but the app prototype must be different each year.

Technovation Girls is a self-select program and there is no application/selection process.

Registration Deadline: March 16, 2020
(The last day to formally register a team).

Submission Deadline: April 20, 2020 at 19:00 UTC

World Pitch: August 2020

Visit the official website of the technovation challenge for further information

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Become a UN Volunteer

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Are you ready to become an international UN Volunteer?

You can contribute your time, skills and knowledge through volunteering with the UN. This is an opportunity to create a positive impact and be a significant force for achieving peace and development. Make a difference to the lives of many!

Requirements
  • The minimum requirements to serve as an international UN Volunteer are: 25 years old and older (no upper age limit); university degree or higher technical diploma;
  • At least two years of relevant work experience in a professional background; good working knowledge of English, Spanish or French;
  • Commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism; ability to work in a multicultural environment; willingness to work with people and local organizations;
  • Ability to adjust in difficult living conditions and sometimes remote locations; strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Conditions of Service
  • International UN Volunteer assignments generally run for six to 12 months, with the possibility of extending for one to two years.
  • Short-term assignments are also requested by our partners from time to time. International UN Volunteers are entitled to certain allowances.
  • Allowances are in no way to be understood as a compensation, reward or salary in exchange for the volunteer work.
  • The purpose of allowances for volunteers is to enable them to sustain a secure standard of living in their duty stations
Profiles in Demand

Profiles in high demand include development and project management (community development, environment, programme and project development, project management, monitoring and evaluation); Legal affairs (human rights, protection, resettlement, reintegration, repatriation, refugee status determination, child protection); Political science (civil affairs, political affairs); public information (reporting and external relations); engineering (civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering), health (general medicine, public health).

 The first step to volunteer abroad with the UN is to determine whether you meet the minimum requirements (see below). If this is the case, register your profile in our Global Talent Pool. Profiles from the Talent Pool are then matched with assignments offered by UN partner agencies. Approximately 2,000 assignments become available per year. Most assignments are filled through the Global Talent Pool without being advertised. 

Visit United Nation Volunteer website for more information

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2020 King Carl Gustaf Scholarship for Students Living in areas of Conflict

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The King Carl Gustaf Scholarship is aimed at students who live in unsafe and dangerous conditions in areas of conflict outside Europe. Scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, but not living expenses, for studies at Uppsala University Master’s programmes offered during the current admission round and commencing 31 August 2020.

Level of study: Master’s programmes           

Eligibility criteria:

  • Citizens of: Afghanistan, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, India, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen.
  • Applicants must show why they are particularly vulnerable and therefore in need to belonging to the education environment at Uppsala University as well as having the academic talent required.
  • Students can only be awarded a King Carl Gustaf scholarship if a programme at Uppsala University is chosen as first priority.
  • You must have applied for the Master’s programme before the University Admissions deadline.
  • You must meet the entrance requirements for the programme you applied to and application fee and supporting documents must have been received before deadline to University Admissions. 
  • The programme must be delivered on campus. The scholarship is not available for distance learning programmes or programmes partially taught at other universities outside Sweden.

Documentation to send:

Application period: 16 January to 3 February 2020.

 

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