Advancing human welfare and confronting the great challenges of our time.

Photo: UNDP Peru/Monica Suarez Galindo

Think-a-Thon Overview

The Columbia University School of Professional Studies is partnering with the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) to bring students and alumni together to advance human welfare by confronting the great challenges of our time.
We invite students and alumni of Columbia University and their team members to join the UNICC & Columbia SPS Think-A-Thon to propose solutions for the challenges presented by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Challenge Goals

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Communication, Presentation

Heightened Awareness of Global Challenges and Priorities
Capacity Building for Sustainable Development Decision-Making

Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration of Diverse Perspectives for New Thinking


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$3,000 Cash Prize for the winning team


$2,000 Cash Prize for the runner-up team


$1,000 Cash Prize for the team selected by the audience