SDG Summer School

Open Source Health Solutions

3-28 July 2023 in Geneva, Paris and around the world
Registration Deadline (extended): 31 May 2023

The SDG Summer School is all about challenge-based innovation, with the challenges coming from key players in global health, like The Global Fund. It is open to Bachelor and Master students from around the world.


  • A one-month format taking place in several innovation spaces around the globe (Geneva, Paris and Shenzhen were host cities in 2022)
  • Teams selected for their complementary skills (medicine, biology, law, business, IT, design etc) and their abilities to jointly develop out-of-the-box solutions.
  • Challenges mentored by practitioners in International Organisations and leading global health researchers in participating academic institutions.
  • Each team coached by a PhD student who has relevant research experience and a clear interest in tackling the team’s specific challenge.
  • A chance to learn hands-on about open science tools and methodologies (open data, open source hardware and software, citizen science)..
  • An emphasis on rapid prototyping of solutions and an evaluation through weekly pitching sessions and careful project documentation.
  • The summer school is worth 6 ECTS credits for undergraduates and 2ECTS for PhD coaches, if approved by the student’s home university.

Find out more and apply

Extended application deadline

31 May midnight CET

SDG Summer School in Geneva

SDG Summer School in Paris (apply via Geneva Summer Schools)

Here are some of this year’s challenges:

Geneva Challenges

  1. Monitoring access and usage of insecticide treated nets to prevent malaria
  2. Digital self-administered TB treatment patient support and monitoring
  3. Using AI to provide vulnerable individuals online with appropriate content on HIV/AIDS
  4. Antimicrobial exposure in early life
  5. Introducing health in the curricula of sport in Africa
  6. Using blockchain for menstrual health solutions

Paris Challenges

  1. Developing  an open-source dialysate manufacturing machine for resource-limited settings
  2. Reimagining open-source diagnostic tools for point-of-care testing and surveillance in resource-limited settings.
  3. Developing innovative interventions to improve health education  about noncommunicable diseases
  4. Developing interventions and devices for non invasive stress monitoring and mitigation
  5. Design for disability: an accessible world to empower all kinds of bodies
  6. Use AI to make education more accessible to kids with learning troubles or handicap
  7. Modeling, simulation & citizen science participation for disaster management & monitoring of biodiversity

Read about last year’s challenges and results in our SDGZine.

Download the
SDG Summer School 2023 flyer