Deadline: December 31, 2020

Calling changemakers across the world! Apply for the 2021 Opportunity Desk Impact Challenge (ODIC). The OD Impact Challenge is a global competition that seeks to recognize and support efforts of young changemakers working to bring positive change to their communities, while projecting and highlighting the impact Opportunity Desk is making in the lives of people worldwide. 

This year’s challenge prize is organized in partnership with Vantage Migration, Momentswithbren, Cynthia Untamed, Studentshubgh, Young Transformers and Transcriativa. Thanks to our partners, the 2021 edition comes with lots of exciting benefits including up to $1000 in cash prizes and a fully-funded trip to the Netherlands.

How It Works

The competition is simple, it challenges participants to answer three main questions in 60 seconds:

  1. What are you doing to bring positive change to your community? Tell us the problem you are solving and how it is making a difference.
  2. How is OD making an impact in your life?
  3. How will the prizes help you if you win?

About Opportunity Desk

OD is an online platform that bridges the opportunity gap for people across the world, by creating open access to information and educative resources. These opportunities help to facilitate young people’s efforts in exchanging ideas and preparing themselves for the future. They include: scholarships, conferences, fellowships, awards, jobs, internships, and grants targeted towards individuals and organizations worldwide.

Since inception in 2012, Opportunity Desk has reached 186,200 people from over 180 countries around the world. Our website currently attracts more than 500,000 views monthly with about 100,000 people connected and engaged with us on social media.

Prizes and Benefits

The top 12 finalists will receive e-certificates of recognition.

First Prize:

  • Cash prize of $500
  • 1 week fully-funded trip to study a mini-MBA course in the Netherlands in March 2021. Sponsored by Vantage Migration.
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Media Feature and Remote Interview with Cynthia Untamed, Studentshubgh, Young Transformers and Transcriativa.
  • Mentorship and business consultation with Transcriativa

Second Prize:

  • Cash prize of $300
  • Fully-funded spot in the Momentswithbren-OD Career Accelerator 2021. 
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Media Feature and Remote Interview with Cynthia Untamed, Studentshubgh, Young Transformers and Transcriativa.
  • Mentorship with applications and business consultation with Transcriativa

Third Prize:

  • Cash prize of $200
  • Fully-funded spot in the MWB-OD Career Accelerator 2021
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Media Feature and Remote Interview with Cynthia Untamed, Studentshubgh, Young Transformers and Transcriativa.
  • Mentorship with applications and business consultation with Transcriativa

People’s Choice

  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Fully-funded spot in the MWB-OD Career Accelerator 2021
  • Media Feature and Remote Interview with ODIC media partners: Cynthia Untamed, Studentshubgh, Young Transformers and Transcriativa.
  • Mentorship with applications and business consultation with Transcriativa

Top 30 Under 30

  • Exclusive Listing as OD Impact Challenge 30 under 30 Changemakers
  • Certificate of recognition

Eligibility

This global competition is open to changemakers around the world who are actively solving a problem and improving the lives of others in their community.

  • Participants between 18 and 30 years from any nationality are welcomed to apply.
  • Participants should be active Opportunity Desk users:- You are a fan or follower on our social media pages:- Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and Telegram and you must be subscribed to our Newsletter.
  • You are an active follower of Vantage Migration on social media.
  • You are actively engaged in your community and you have at least 1 year track record of impact either as an individual, employee or entrepreneur.

Terms and Conditions

  • There is no entry fee
  • Video submissions must be original, unpublished work by the contestant and cannot infringe upon any copyright laws. The contestant must be the sole author of all entries and hold full rights to them. Videos that have won awards in other competitions are not eligible to enter;
  • By entering the contest, video submitters are deemed to have agreed to the use of their videos in OD promotional material;
  • The organizers reserve the right to remove and disqualify submitted videos which may cause offence or may be deemed unsuitable or inappropriate for this contest;
  • The contestant must have received permission from the subject(s) used in the video. Videos that violate the rights of those depicted or put people at risk will not be considered by the judges;
  • Opportunity Desk can take no responsibility for entries that are incorrectly or incompletely submitted.

Judging Criteria

The jury, made up of social change leaders and impact drivers will carefully select finalists and winners based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Project Impact
  • Sustainability

How to Enter the Competition

  • Step 1: Make a one-minute video telling us:
    • a) your name and country;
    • b) what you are doing to bring positive change to your community;
    • c) how OD is making an impact in your life.
      You don’t need a sophisticated camera to do this. You can use your smartphone in landscape mode. Just ensure we can see and hear you clearly. Be creative too.
  • Step 2: Post your video to your social media page: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc. using the hashtags: #ODImpactChallenge #ODIC2021.
  • Step 3: Complete the online application here before December 31, 2020.
  • Step 4: Prepare for voting. Top 12 finalists will be contacted and provided with a link to the voting page.

Ready? Simply prepare your video, then apply: bit.ly/ODIC2021apply.

For more information, visit OD Impact Challenge.

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