Sep 18
September 18, 2014

Announcing the Winning Ideas in CGI and OpenIDEO’s Global Challenge on Youth Employment


Earlier this summer at the CGI America Meeting, President Clinton announced our Global Challenge on Youth Employment with OpenIDEO. With nearly 75 million young people unemployed globally and hundreds of millions more underemployed, our challenge sought out unique ideas from communities around the world to create employment pathways and opportunities for youth.
We were excited by the response. Over the past two months, individuals from 142 countries visited the challenge on OpenIDEO’s platform. Participants submitted 177 ideas—which ranged from new programs to connect young people to potential careers and mentors, to technology solutions to support young people in their job search, to educational programs to prepare youth for opportunities in the future. The ideas were unique and innovative, and the concepts exhibited the specialized challenges that communities experience when addressing youth employment.
After rounds of feedback and refinement, a diverse panel of cross-sector experts reviewed a selection of 22 final ideas from 13 countries and provided their perspective on the potential impact of each idea. The expert panel was comprised of members of the CGI community, including: 
  • Dr. Wiebe Boer, chief executive officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation 
  • Brian McCallister, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation 
  • Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, vice president of strategy and partnerships at Education For Employment
  • Mark Thain, vice president of social innovation at Barclays PLC
  • Yvonne Thomas, senior manager of global programs at Microsoft Corporate Citizenship & Public Affairs
  • Issue experts from across the Clinton Foundation, including Madhuri Kommareddi, Patrick Hynes, and Danielle Goonan 
Their insights informed our selection process and provided challenge participants with valuable direction as they refined their ideas. 
Today, we’re thrilled to announce the group of winning ideas. These ideas stood out for their potential for implantation and impact, novelty, and collaborative development. We encourage the global community to explore the ideas (which can be found below and at, consider the potential for the idea’s implementation in your community, and support all of the participants in the challenge as they work to create employment opportunities and pathways for young people around the world.


Open Source Business Models
Simon Blampied, South Africa: An online and offline platform that would offer a searchable database of established business models to assist entrepreneurs with the process of launching new businesses. Learn more.
The Social Getwork
Priyanka Botny, United States: An online platform that would aggregates young people’s use of social media and leverage that data to match them with employment opportunities relevant to their skills. Learn more.
Preflight: Real-World Challenges in the Classroom

Gavin Cosgrave, United States: A program that would bring representatives from a business or organization into high school classrooms and engage students in ongoing, real-world business projects as part of their class curriculum. Organizations receive free contributions and fresh insight, while students gain real world experience and the ability to network with potential employers. Learn more.
Pop-Up Bus (and Boat) & Innovative Centre

Leigh Cullen, United States and Alex Mokori, Uganda: Initially two separate proposals, Leigh and Alex merged their ideas together during the challenge. The concept includes a toolkit and program to facilitate pop-up career support centers for young people, including tools to onboard facilitators and teams interested in starting a hub to connect young people with employment resources. The team is currently prototyping by onboarding facilitators in Uganda and Kenya. Learn more about Pop-Up Bus (and Boat) and Innovation Centre. 
Millennial Tech Corps
Liz Duffy, United States: Leveraging a model similar to AmeriCorps, this program would place young people with NGOs, start-ups, governments, and other entities for a two-year fellowship program. The fellows would help these organizations harness technology to advance their missions. Learn more.
The Bridge Project
Jean-Marc Mercy, Democratic Republic of the Congo: An initiative that would connect college students in Kinshasa with internships in their area of interest and help prepare them for the recruitment process through resume writing and interviewing skills support. Learn more.
One Day

Barcelona OpenIDEO Meetup Spain: An online platform that would connect young people with professionals in specific fields of interest. Users would have the ability to view professionals’ profiles, see their career trajectories, and reach out to spend a day at work with them. The platform would specifically targeted at young people in Spain. Learn more.