Global youths brainstorm on future energy
Updated: 2017-07-26

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Participants attending the 2017 Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance pose for a group photo. The competition was held in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan from July 8 to 11. [Photo/fudan.edu.cn]

The 2017 Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance (YICGG) drew to an end in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan on July 11.

The annual event originally initiated by Fudan University in 2007, also gained support from the Kazakhstani Nazarbayev University and a Shanghai-based public welfare foundation during this year's competition.

With the theme of "Future Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure", the four-day event saw 198 contestants from 42 countries sharing their ideas on releasing the potential of transportation and enhancing cultural and educational exchanges. 66 of them entered the final stage – the China Pavilion of the 2017 Astana Expo.

A group of members from China, Latvia, Romania, Singapore, Russia and Germany stood out with their design – an app which gives real-time directions on the prices of various energy sources. It was granted the "Best Value" award for enabling consumers to expend energy at their preferred time, while simultaneously giving more possibility of accesses to low-income families.

Peng Bo from Fudan was awarded for his excellent performance, which helped his team – the one eyeing the practical applications of photovoltaic systems in Mid-Asian grasslands and desserts – take the "Creative Ideas" crown.

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Participants are put in random groups of 10 teams to cooperate together in developing solutions on global governance issues. [Photo/fudan.edu.cn]

A youth summit was held on the sidelines, inviting Chinese and Kazakhstani government officials, enterprise representatives, and college students and teachers to focus on global governance issues concerning the background of closer international exchanges and the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

YICGG was designed and run by Fudan as a communicative platform for global young generations. Featuring creativity and globalism, the competition encourages participants to attend global issues, stimulate their innovation, enhance global civic awareness, and shoulder their responsibility for the common future of humanity.

It is estimated that over 21 percent of previous YICGG participants have devoted themselves to global governance and over 50 percent have participated in global governance and public affairs by further studying at home and abroad, working in the government sectors or NGOs.

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Guests speak at a youth summit on global governance held on the sidelines. [Photo/fudan.edu.cn]

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