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Problem Statement #1:
Data Collection for the Sustainable Development Goals

Problem Statement

How can youths get involved in data collection for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out by the United Nations?

The Challenge

Participants are challenged to propose a method of data collection that is as comprehensive, scalable, sustainable, feasible, and real-time as possible. Details of each SDG indicator and the data points required are listed in the resources section.


How well do participants resolve differences and work together towards the common goal of creating effective, regulation-abiding ideas?


How concisely and clearly is the solution presented?

Number of
Data Points

Who can collect the most number of points?


Who can collect from the most number of countries?


Can this be implemented easily?

Time Sensitivity

How quickly can the data be surfaced in the main database once it is generated? Which is to say that the collection process needs to be (ideally) timeless. The more updated and real-time data is, the more accurately and expediently we can target the problems.

**The challenge and judging will be in the English language.


SGD 2,000


SGD 3,000


SGD 1,000


Choose your role


As Ideators, you will be charged with creating effective and scalable ideas to solve the problem statements listed under each of the three Tracks. Ideators should have a passion for enacting change and for complex problem solving. 

Participants from all educational and employment backgrounds are welcome; your edge lies in your understanding of the problem areas and willingness to think clearly and ideate effectively.


As Regulators, you will be responsible for ensuring the ideas generated are legally air-tight and ready to be implemented in reality for the country or locality it’s in. Regulators should have a general understanding of the rules and policies governing their locality, or have the resourcefulness to identify any legal information that may affect the implementation of an idea.

You will criticize and attempt to tear down ideas, allowing the Ideator team to grow with each passing evolution.

Participants here will generally come from a Law or Public Policy background, and/or are involved in discussions surrounding local policy.



The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030. Such goals include No Poverty (SDG #1), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG #8), and Climate Action (SDG #13).

To solve problems related to the incompletion of SDGs, we must first be able to track their progress accurately. The inability to diagnose the current rate of completion of each of the SDGs due to the lack of data results in bottlenecks for funding and investment, in turn leading to inefficient solutions to save our planet. 

Therefore there is a pertinent need for accurate, granular and sustainable SDG relevant data collection globally. The 17 SDGs span 247 indicators, but we have selected 42 indicators over 6 Goals that serve as a starting point. These are also relevant for measuring economies’ recoveries from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Judging Criteria