Global Children's Design-a-thon 2021

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When: Jan 1st to Jan 23rd, 2021

Where: Accra, Amsterdam, Belgrade, Chengdu, Chennai, Daloa, Dar es Salaam, Dehradun, Eskinsehir, Hanoi, Harnosand, Istanbul, Kathmandu, Kayseri, Nairobi, Panjim, Paris, Sundsvall, Tunis, Warsaw and Zagreb.

What: Children design solutions for clean energy or less energy in their city to tackle global warming.
In each city, the children ages 8-12 work on the same theme, with the same design-a-thon method and the same materials. Where possible they have a live exchange.

Theme: SDG 7, Clean Energy and the Climate

Big picture:
A day dedicated to celebrating what the world could be like when children design better futures using new technologies. During the annual Global Children’s Design-a-thon, children in cities around the world come together to work in parallel and design & develop innovative concepts and build prototypes for one of the Sustainable Development Goals. The children present their ideas at the end of the day to a panel of experts, and a public audience.
Because of Corona, this year, some cities and children are working at a distance or connecting online.
This event highlights the ability of the children to imagine and design a better world.

Can I still join?
In some cities you can still join, drop us a line and we will connect you to the organisers in each city.
See belowe and here for detals of all the organisers:


Latest updates:
The finals of the Global Children's Design-a-thon are coming up! Children from 22 cities around the world joined, and despite Corona lockdown have worked together towards solutions for Clean Energy to tackle global warming and climate change.


In the Netherlands, almost 500 children took part in online workshops.

The Dutch finals will be streamed live on our Youtube channel
Members of the jury are Touria Meliani - Alderman for culture and art Amsterdam, Fardau van der Galiën - VandeBron and Wail Kherazzi child inventor food good.
You can watch the live stream of the finals in Amsterdam, 3-4pm CET -

In Turkey,  children in 3 different cities are taking part and 300 teams have posted their designs to the website. The cities are Istanbul, Eskishir and Kayseri. The jury are preparing their shortlists for the finals on the 23rd and 24th.

The organisers are Cocuk and you can follow them here -


In Nepal, 10 community organisations have been working with children over the last week design ideas for clean energy in Nepal. They have been working under the guidance of Karkhana Asia. See below from some of the amazing designs.

The finale, will held on 23 Jan at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Nepal Time with 7 finalists.

In Poland, Boleslaw Rok is joing the jury, he is Director of the Center for Business Ethics and Social Innovation at Kozminski University. The organsiers are Sabina and agata at Planeta Kreatow

Design for a solar powered street cleaner from Nepal

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