Local Solutions – Global Impact 

Welcome to GISS 2025, an international conference for young minds from around the world to meet, collaborate, exchange ideas and create practical solutions for a more sustainable planet by focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Welcome to GISS 2025

The Challenge


Round 1: Submit your Video pitch

Research and present a solution to a local issue your community is facing ensuring you make an impact that is both innovative and sustainable. “Community” can include your class, your school, your local town, or your country.  

These are the entry requirements for Round 1 of the competition:

  • Students must upload a 3-5 minute video pitch
  • Groups can be made up of 1-2 members only
  • Every member of the project should speak in the video pitch

Students must be in grades 9-12 (years 10-13).

  • Based on the 4 SDGs of GISS 2023 (see below)

As global citizens we encourage students to explore and learn more about the UN SDG’s, therefore Students will have four choices from the sustainability goals to focus their projects on, these are;

Decent work and Economic growth 

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Question: What can we do to fix these issues?

Industries, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Question: What is the price of inaction? 

Reduce Inequality 

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Question: Can we achieve equality for everyone?

Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Question: What happens if cities are just left to grow organically?

How to submit the video pitch:

A link will be shared with every school, check with your school focal point to upload your video pitch.

Up to 25 projects will be selected to proceed to Round 2.

Round 2 Submit an initial report by September 10th

you’re nearly there!!!!  

Round 2 Requirements:

  • Pass Round 1 and get an invitation to proceed.
  • Prepare an initial 800-1000 word report, to include the following:
    • Initial research findings –  this should include some data. 
    • A clear short reflection of how your project has made a difference in your community so far and any changes made to the initial plan if any.
    • Check the rubric and the Q&A for more details.
    • Initial report should not exceed 6 pages
  • Participants will have 4 months to implement their project and submit the Round 2 Report by the 10th of September 2024.

How to submit the Round 2 Report:

A link will be shared with every school, check with your school mento on how to upload your Round 2 Report.

15 – 20 successful projects who pass Round 2, will be selected to proceed with Round 3

Round 3 –Submit Final Report by January 5th, 2025

This is the last stage !

Focus on the theme: Local Solutions for a Global Impact!Prepare your final report for Round 3 as follows:  

  • 1500-2500 word report that includes
    • Final Research findings
    • Actions taken
    • Include suggestions for improvement. 
    • Include whether the local solutions ( your project), can be applied globally. Is it scalable?
    • Data and evidence showing improvements/ impact in the community. Evidence can be given through; numbers, tables, charts, pictures, and videos.
  • Reflection on how your project has made a difference, this evidence should include feedback from the community.
    • Visual/ multimedia evidence to document your journey
    • Video footage, pictures, or your journey to showcase the progress 
    • Video footage of interviews with the community
    • Pictures of the stages of development
    • Any other multimedia to support your submission (be creative!)
    • The final report should not exceed 20 pages.

How to submit the Round 3 Report:

A link will be shared with every school, check with your school mentor to upload your Round 3 Report.

Congratulations- you made it 

15 to 20 projects/students that have successfully completed Round 3 will be invited to the summit in Qatar.


  • Prepare one or more of the following to be presented at the Summit in Qatar 
    • 3D model of your project 
      1. Cost not to exceed 2000QAR
      2. Items should be easily shipped to Qatar, brought with you on your flight, or can be easily found and assembled in Qatar. 
    • Digital representation
    • Presentation (summary of the project to be presented at the conference using PowerPoint or other media)  
    • Posters to represent your project
    • Others ( be creative)
    • You will have 1/2 a day in Qatar to prepare your final presentation and/ or your 3D model before the Summit.

  • Pay the registration fee of 3000 QAR per project. The GISS 2023 sponsors will cover all other costs.  This includes:
    • Return airfare from country of residence for up to 2 students per project  and 1 adult per school
    • Accommodations for the duration of the stay (up to 7-8 days) 
    • Expenses for transport, excursions, and entry fees
    • Breakfast + one other meal
    • Other personal expenses are not included. 

  • What to bring with you to Qatar?  A detailed guide will be sent to you if invited to Qatar this will include the following:
    • What to pack?  
    • Passport and visa requirements
    • Cultural awareness
    • Dress code
    • How much money to bring for personal spending

Round 1: Submit your Video pitch

Research and present a solution to a local issue your community is facing ensuring you make an impact that is both innovative and sustainable. “Community” can include your class, your school, your local town, or your country.  

These are the entry requirements for Round 1 of the competition:

  • Students must upload a 3-5 minute video pitch
  • Groups can be made up of 1-2 members only
  • Every member of the project should speak in the video pitch

Students must be in grades 9-12 (years 10-13).

  • Based on the 4 SDGs of GISS 2023 (see below)

As global citizens we encourage students to explore and learn more about the UN SDG’s, therefore Students will have four choices from the sustainability goals to focus their projects on, these are;

Decent work and Economic growth 

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Question: What can we do to fix these issues?

Industries, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Question: What is the price of inaction? 

Reduce Inequality 

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Question: Can we achieve equality for everyone?

Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Question: What happens if cities are just left to grow organically?

How to submit the video pitch:

A link will be shared with every school, check with your school focal point to upload your video pitch.

Up to 25 projects will be selected to proceed to Round 2.

Round 2 Submit an initial report by September 10th

you’re nearly there!!!!  

Round 2 Requirements:

  • Pass Round 1 and get an invitation to proceed.
  • Prepare an initial 800-1000 word report, to include the following:
    • Initial research findings –  this should include some data. 
    • A clear short reflection of how your project has made a difference in your community so far and any changes made to the initial plan if any.
    • Check the rubric and the Q&A for more details.
    • Initial report should not exceed 6 pages
  • Participants will have 4 months to implement their project and submit the Round 2 Report by the 10th of September 2024.

How to submit the Round 2 Report:

A link will be shared with every school, check with your school mento on how to upload your Round 2 Report.

15 – 20 successful projects who pass Round 2, will be selected to proceed with Round 3

Round 3 –Submit Final Report by January 5th, 2025

This is the last stage !

Focus on the theme: Local Solutions for a Global Impact!Prepare your final report for Round 3 as follows:  

  • 1500-2500 word report that includes
    • Final Research findings
    • Actions taken
    • Include suggestions for improvement. 
    • Include whether the local solutions ( your project), can be applied globally. Is it scalable?
    • Data and evidence showing improvements/ impact in the community. Evidence can be given through; numbers, tables, charts, pictures, and videos.
  • Reflection on how your project has made a difference, this evidence should include feedback from the community.
    • Visual/ multimedia evidence to document your journey
    • Video footage, pictures, or your journey to showcase the progress 
    • Video footage of interviews with the community
    • Pictures of the stages of development
    • Any other multimedia to support your submission (be creative!)
    • The final report should not exceed 20 pages.

How to submit the Round 3 Report:

A link will be shared with every school, check with your school mentor to upload your Round 3 Report.

Congratulations- you made it 

15 to 20 projects/students that have successfully completed Round 3 will be invited to the summit in Qatar.


  • Prepare one or more of the following to be presented at the Summit in Qatar 
    • 3D model of your project 
      1. Cost not to exceed 2000QAR
      2. Items should be easily shipped to Qatar, brought with you on your flight, or can be easily found and assembled in Qatar. 
    • Digital representation
    • Presentation (summary of the project to be presented at the conference using PowerPoint or other media)  
    • Posters to represent your project
    • Others ( be creative)
    • You will have 1/2 a day in Qatar to prepare your final presentation and/ or your 3D model before the Summit.

  • Pay the registration fee of 3000 QAR per project. The GISS 2023 sponsors will cover all other costs.  This includes:
    • Return airfare from country of residence for up to 2 students per project  and 1 adult per school
    • Accommodations for the duration of the stay (up to 7-8 days) 
    • Expenses for transport, excursions, and entry fees
    • Breakfast + one other meal
    • Other personal expenses are not included. 

  • What to bring with you to Qatar?  A detailed guide will be sent to you if invited to Qatar this will include the following:
    • What to pack?  
    • Passport and visa requirements
    • Cultural awareness
    • Dress code
    • How much money to bring for personal spending

FAQ

Who can apply?

What happens after registration?

Can we apply as a team?

Is there a Registration Fee?

How many winners are there?

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Our talented teachers go above and beyond to achieve QAW’s vision, encouraging and guiding our students to discover, learn and think creatively. 


Teachers collaborate and work across subject areas to develop students’ academic skills, inspire inquiry and foster independence. Our students are provided with the opportunities to reach their potential and become competent, independent, and responsible individuals who are effective members of the global community.

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Visit GISS 2023 website

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