This innovation challenge, which in Sweden is called Ung innovation i kristid (Young Innovation in a Time of Crisis), is an initiative from IVA’s partner the New York Academy of Sciences, where students 13 to 17 years old from all around the world are given the opportunity to build virtual teams. The purpose is to develop technology-based innovative solutions to slow the spread or Covid-19.
“A solution-oriented virtual meetingplace, where young people can focus on problem-solving rather than on the apprehension and anxiety around the crisis, is welcome. We are challenging all Swedish social actors to get involved in various ways to spread information about this positive initiative to slow the spread of Covid-19,” says Maja Neiman, Project Manager for Junior Academy at IVA.
About IVA’s Junior Academy science competition
Junior Academy is aimed at sparking curiosity, the ability to solve problems and the joy of discovery among young people around science and technology. It is an international STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programme and gives young people the chance, in their spare time, to work on challenges facing society, and to develop their skills in problem-solving and innovation.
Junior Academy in Sweden is a collaboration between IVA and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). 68 young Swedes were accepted into Junior Academy in 2019. Read more about Junior Academy here.