Saturday, 23 March 2019

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

*This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

“Creating a Society Full of Kindness”
What does “Kindness” mean to you? How do you think we can create a kinder society?
Carry out ten acts of kindness, and then use your experience as inspiration in writing your essay (your essay does not need to be about your acts of kindness).


1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2019) in one of the following age categories:
 a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 - 25)
2. Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title and cover page. Essays may be typed or printed.
3. Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) your essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 15, 2017 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count. 
Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants' names, ages and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
* Please note that the organizer is unable to confirm receipt of essays or answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.
4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page and follow the required steps.
5. Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.

Deadline Entries must be received by June 15, 2019 (23:59 your local time).


The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize: Certificate, prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$900 as of Feb. 2019) ... 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate, prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$450 as of Feb. 2019) and gift ... 2 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift ... 5 entrants
Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift ... 25 entrants

* 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 23, 2019 and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)
* Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
* All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2019 (Japan time) on this website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2019.
* We are unable to answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.

Friday, 22 March 2019


This contest is not just for students. It’s for anyone who’s inspired to write an essay. The age and place of living don’t matter.

*The admission fee is FREE of charge.

First place: $500
Second place: $350
Third place: $150
We’ll also publish the best essays on our blog, crediting their authors. If you’re looking for a job as a writer or you maintain (or plan to start) your own blog, you’ll benefit from the exposure.

Your essay should be from 600 to 800 words long.
Your content should be 100% unique and plagiarism-free. All sources must be properly referenced.
The accepted formats are .doc, .docx, and .pdf.
We only accept essays written in English.
Choose from These 5 Topics
Your Biggest Achievement In School/College Years
Life Skills That Everybody Needs to Learn
What Factors  Influence a Person's Choice of Profession and Why
The Most Inspiring Story That You've Ever Heard
The Writers and Their City: Cities as Inspiration in Literature
You can send multiple entries, as long as they are on different topics. But keep in mind that you can’t get more than one prize on this contest. We’ll award three different participants.

How to Submit Your Entry
Send your essay as an attachment in an email message. The email address is to email . Please use “Essay for Brill Contest” as the subject line!

In the body of the message, please include your name, surname, country, age, and occupation.

The deadline for the submission is June 30, 2019 by 11:59 PST at the latest.

Announcement of the winners on July 25, 2019 on our blog.

Click here to visit the organiser's website
Take part in one of the biggest global business challenges today!
Go Green in the City — the ultimate global student competition for sustainable energy solutions — is open now.

What's Your Bold Idea?

Solve one of the four real-life case challenges within energy management or submit your bold idea for efficient energy management in a city environment.

Sustainability & Access to Energy
Digitize our business and enable access to energy or sustainable developments.

Buildings of the Future
Can buildings be smarter, more sustainable and incorporate new technologies?

Plants of the Future
 Apply IoT, AI, Machine Learning and more to the industries of the present or future.

Grids of the Future

Imagine the future of energy management and distribution!

Last date to apply : 25 May 2019

The Grand Prize
1st Prize
The winning team will win job offers from Schneider Electric, and an all-inclusive international trip to two cities of their choice (where Schneider Electric has offices).

Global Finalists
The Top 8 teams will be invited on a fully sponsored trip to the Schneider Electric Global Innovation Summit in Barcelona to pitch for the Grand Prize.

Regional Finalists
Participants will receive mentorship from Schneider Electric experts to polish their proposals and make it to the Grand Finale!

Women in Energy Award
One all-female team from the semi-finals will win the Women in Energy Award, securing a place in the finals and cash prize of USD $1,000.

The Contest is organized in three steps, with each step followed by a period of review, assessment and selection who will move onto the next stage in the competition.

Phase I – Submission of the Initial Application will run from January 2, 2019 – May 25, 2019 (as defined below).
Phase II – Semi-finals, as defined below, will run until August 23, 2019.
Phase III – The Final Round will run until the final presentations in October 2019.
The Final award will be announced by the jury upon the conclusion of the Final presentations during September 2019.


  • Only university students eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of submission of the Initial Application are permitted to submit their proposals.
  • Students worldwide must be registered in a bachelor’s (at least the 2nd year), master’s or MBA program of business or engineering are eligible to compete in the Contest.
  • The Contest is open exclusively to individual students in teams of two, of which at least one team member is female. Both of the team members must study in the same country for the duration of the competition. They are not, however, required to be from the same university, nor are they required to study the same subject or be in the same year, as long as they are not in their first year of their undergraduate education. Likewise, the students are not required to be permanent residents or nationals of the country in which they are studying in order to compete. Should an individual student Entrant be disqualified, that Entrant’s team will no longer be able to participate.

How to Participate

Phase I: Initial Application
You must register for the competition as an individual. However, to submit a full application you must also register as a team of two.

Accepted formats for the initial application:

Text description: .doc or .pdf format, max. 500 words, 12-size Arial or Times New Roman font, file size max. 15 MB
Infographic: .ppt or .pdf format, max. 10 slides/pages including 1 cover slide, file size max. 50MB

Selection for Phase II
The jury, composed of Schneider Electric managers, will select regional semi-finalists. All Initial Applications are evaluated on the same basis.

All the participants will be informed about their selection status via the contact details provided when entering the Contest.

The most important selection criteria include:

Innovation: does the proposal introduce a new, creative, innovative, unique and/or compelling solution to the case?
Feasibility: is the proposed idea both technically and economically feasible for implementation? How does it fit in with Schneider Electric’s current mission?
Presentation quality: how well is the proposal presented and laid out?
Sustainable impact: how sustainable is this proposal?

Top teams selected as semi-finalists
Selection to Phase III

    The deadline for your solution submission is 5 PM, CET, 25 May 2019

    Registration for Wild Wisdom Quiz 2019 is open now!

    About Wild Wisdom Quiz

    Wild Wisdom Quiz started in 2008 as an opportunity to sensitize students towards India's rich biodiversity and natural heritage. Since its launch, it has scaled up with every subsequent year to become Asia's biggest and India's only National level Wildlife Quiz. 

    Wild Wisdom is a unique opportunity for schools across India to facilitate knowledge and consciousness among students towards environment and wildlife. It enables the participants to think critically ,research and apply what they learn in the process.It is a singular competition which focuses on learning rather than on scores. With participants from all over India, Wild wisdom quiz has already begun creating future environmental leaders who with their sharp minds and wise hearts can make the planet a better place to live.

    And now, Wild Wisdom has gone global! YOU could be the next Wild Wisdom Quiz champion and make your parents and school proud - and even do great things for your country!

    The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is proud to announce the 7th annual Science Without Borders® Challenge. This international art competition engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources.

    The Science Without Borders® Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean conservation issues. The Science Without Borders® Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries.

    The theme for the 2019 Science Without Borders® Challenge is “Connected Ocean: No Barriers, No Boundaries, and No Borders.” There are no barriers, boundaries, or borders in the ocean, and although we often list the oceans separately, they are all interconnected to each other, forming one global ocean. For this year’s contest, use your artistic talents to create a piece of artwork that illustrates how the ocean is connected.

    The deadline for entry into the year’s Science without Borders® Challenge is Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

    The SWB Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old

    Work will be judged in two categories, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded for each:
    • 11 – 14 year-olds
    • 15 – 19 year-olds


    Winners of the Science Without Borders® Challenge will be publicly announced. Prizes awarded to contestant winners are as follows:
    1st Place: $500
    2nd Place: $350
    3rd Place: $200

    The theme for this year’s Science Without Borders® Challenge is “Connected Ocean: No Barriers, No Boundaries, No Borders.” 

    Submission of Entries
    Contestants must submit an Entry Forms with their submission. It is preferred that you submit your
    forms online at All fields on the Entry Forms must be filled out in order
    to be considered for awards.

    All original artwork should be mailed to:
    Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
    Science Without Borders® Challenge
    130 Severn Avenue, Suite 100
    Annapolis, MD 21403

    All participants under the age of 13 must have a parent or guardian fill out the COPPA Notice Form and mail it in with your artwork.

    For further information click here


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