This platform is for anyone who wants to document projects they are doing towards tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or who wants to get inspired by other people’s projects, re-use them or re-purpose them.
The platform is based on Build in Progress, which was developed for documenting maker projects by Tiffany Tseng of MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten, as part of her Ph.D. thesis. It has been re-purposed by Oday Darwich of University of Geneva’s Citizen Cyberlab, as part of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative (GTI) for the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Geneva Tsinghua Initiative (GTI) is a partnership between the University of Geneva and Tsinghua University in Beijing. The GTI adopts a modern approach to open innovation for the SDGs characterized by a focus on challenge-based learning inspired by real-world problems, and collaboration through multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, inspired by mentors from the many international organizations in Geneva.
There are many ways to document projects: wikis, Github etc. The point of SDG in Progress is to build up an open repository of SDG projects, which may involve hardware and software development, or focus more on grassroots or policy initiatives. The idea is to inspire creativity, while minimizing redundancy. Reinventing the wheel is not a problem, as long as you can improve it each time.
If you have suggestions for the SDG in Progress, or would like to contribute to developing it as an open source software project, please get in touch.