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Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity countdown begins

On 7 June 2021, the second Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity will be launched by University College Cork, along with Irish and International partners such as UNESCO and ISCA, and sponsor Sport Ireland. ISCA will once again be a media partner for the global hackathon.


After more than a year of lockdown and restrictions on activity it is time to assess the impact on our lives. Global evidence suggests that sport and physical activity have largely decreased during this time, with consequent long-term effects on our health and wellbeing. Getting things back on track and engaging more people in sport and physical activity is critical to our recovery and addressing this challenge will require innovation.


The purpose of the Global Design Challenge is to stimulate ambitious, innovative ideas for reinvigorating sport and physical activity. We want to find individuals and teams around the world with great ideas that can be rapidly turned into reality in the pandemic and post-pandemic environment.


We have Development Grants of up to €10,000 for the best ideas, and mentors and partner organisations ready to help you and your team to achieve your ambitions.


In 2020, almost 200 teams from around the world entered the Global Design Challenge. This year, we are aiming to increase that number and we are looking for ideas to tackle the major challenges in sport and physical activity, including to:


  • remove barriers that are preventing the inclusion of all people in sport and physical activity regardless of physical ability, age, race or socio-economic background
  • inspire community-level engagement in physical activity
  • bring participants, volunteers and fans back to sport and physical activity
  • use sport as a means to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a practical way
  • reimagine how space is used by sport and physical activity to make it more sustainable and resilient to shocks and change
  • motivate children and youth to engage in sport and physical activity, that leads to life-long interest
  • harness technology to radically change the way sport and physical activity are imagined
  • integrate sport and physical activity into leisure and lifestyle activities e.g., cycling for transport, gardening for food security.


If you have innovative ideas, which could solve any of these challenges, come and join us in trying to get people more physically active.


"The Global Design Challenge is more important now than ever! We have been in and out of lockdowns, and social distancing has made us all, well, more distant. We need activity and sport more accessible and more inclusive than ever before to protect our mental health." says Blaine Doyle, CEO at GlowDx, UCC alum and mentor during the Global Design Challenge 2020.


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