From 23rd to 27th of November, Youth Time International Movement in collaboration with the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare in the UAE hosted its third annual Youth Global Forum. The location for hosting the event was the cosmopolitan metropolis of Dubai with the forum bringing together experts and participants coming from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds. Attendees were exposed to a variety of innovative masterclasses and workshops which touched upon topics related to the overall theme of the event – Ethical Entrepreneurship in the Time of a Competitive Knowledge-based Economy. Further, thirteen social enterprise projects were presented by participants with one winner receiving Youth Time’s Idea Grant to convert their idea into a reality!

On a warm winter evening in Dubai, participants who had journeyed from far and wide gathered together to join honorable guests and experts at the venue which would serve as home to this year’s Youth Global Forum – the government building of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare.

The event commenced with an opening ceremony moderated by Youth Time International Movement veteran and former ambassador, Themistocles Papadimopulos. As he reflected on the positive impact and influence previous Youth Global Forums had contributed to his life, his remarks enlightened participants on what they could expect to achieve during their time in Dubai. This sentiment was reinforced when after being invited to the stage to make her opening speech, Ms. Julia Kinash, President of Youth Time International Movement posed the question to participants, Exactly what is the Youth Global Forum to you?” Following several varied answers from the audience, Ms. Kinash continued, “For some, it is just another event. For others, it will be a turning point in their life. To us, the organizers, the Youth Global Forum is a way of paying back our social responsibility. But predominantly, it is a place where we give a chance to extraordinary youth from around the globe to find new business opportunities and partners, build their professional network or even to find the inspiration to create positive impact in this complicated world.”


YT Co-Founder Ondrej Kafka, Jelizaveta Sarapova and Founder & President of Youth Time International Movement Julia Kinash

The opening ceremony was followed by a beautiful welcome reception which took place in the stunning gardens at the Park Hyatt Hotel. Here, participants had the chance to get to know one another over a delicious buffet style dinner which was complemented with music from a live jazz band and other performances. It was clear to see that the participants had quickly made friends with one another, with the vast majority joining together on the dance floor shortly after speeches were made partners and ambassadors.


The opening ceremony of Youth Global Forum 2017

The next day began early, with Mr. Roman Vishnevskiy, Managing Partner at United Traders LLC opening the morning masterclass session with his presentation on, “Cryptocurrency as an effective tool for startups.” The teachings of the session went down very well with the participants and the morning’s activities were only made more successful when Mr. Yousef Khalili, Head of Smart City Consulting Practice and Smart City as-a-service at NXN presented on the topic, “The role of young entrepreneurs in the future of smart cities.”


Mr. Goran Luburic, Vice Dean of the Zagreb School of Business, Julia Kinash and Prof. Željka Zavišić from the Zagreb School of Business


Mr. Roman Vishnevskiy


Mr. Yousef Khalili

Following lunch, the program for the afternoon was set aside for project presentations made by young social entrepreneurs who had sent through their initial proposals for assessment months before the event began. Thirteen projects that fell under the categories of empowerment, education, sustainable environment and social innovation were presented in front of fellow participants and a jury panel made up by Ms. Julia Kinash, President of Youth Time International Movement, Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the World Public Forum, Dialogue of Civilizations, Dr. Allam Ahmed, President of the World Association for Sustainable Development, Mr. Jimmy Gani, CEO of IPMI International Business School in Jakarta, Indonesia and Mr. Goran Luburic, Vice Dean of Youth Time International Movement’s valued partners the Zagreb School of Business in Croatia. Following each round of presentations, a Q&A session commenced whereby the audience and members of the jury panel were invited to delve into further details for each project. The presentations were followed by a voting process whereby each participant was asked to vote for an overall winner and state the reasons behind their choice. The results of the voting would be announced during the closing and awarding ceremony two days later.


Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the World Public Forum

Inspiring masterclasses on the roles of both individuals and technology in a sustainable knowledge-based economy led by honorable guests Dr. Vladimir Yakunin and Dr. Allam Ahmed respectively kicked off the third day. After a spot of lunch, two rounds of workshops were conducted by esteemed trainers who had travelled from all corners of the globe to be at the event. The educational and interactive sessions were centered on topics which encouraged participants how to think ethically and sustainably in business. Workshop titles included, “Utilizing blockchain for social innovation” which was hosted by Mr. Mohammad Shaheed Khan and, “Social factors that influence knowledge development and knowledge management techniques” led by Ms. Dorotea Milas. Among others were, “Strategies for smart city startups” conducted by Mr. Yousef Khalili and, “The importance of ethics in the process of digitilization of life” led by Dr. Delfina Fantini van Ditmar


Dr. Allam Ahmed


Workshop of Ms Dorotea Milas

The final day of the event began with the Youth Global Forum’s traditional closing and award ceremony in which guests of honour including His Excellency Ibrahim Abdul Malik Mohammed, Secretary General of General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and His Excellency Khalid Al Midfa, Assistant Secretary General were present. After a round of speeches made by honourable guests and Youth Time International Movement’s partners were made, it was time for the moment everyone had been waiting for, the announcement of the winners of the projects competition.

During the jury panel discussions two days earlier, it was decided that due to a large volume of high-quality projects presented, some additional prizes would be awarded. Ms. Suaad al-Hammadi of the United Arab Emirates was the first to receive an additional award for her project on providing a platform to help expose the talents of Syrian refugees, winning an internship with Youth Global Forum sponsors AIESEC. Mr. Adam Taufan Firdaus of Indonesia was then announced as the winner of the first special prize for his project on organic waste management, receiving a six-month internship at the IPMI International Business School in Jakarta, Indonesia which was kindly awarded by Mr. Jimmy Gani, CEO of the aforementioned school. The last of the special prizes was awarded the St. Andrew the First-called Foundation grant to realize their project. Ms. Elizaveta Sarapova was awarded the prize by Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, Deputy Chairperson of the board of the St. Andrew the First-called Foundation for her project which aims to help young disabled people develop their soft skills and eventually gain employment. ff

The promoting and special prizes were followed by the announcement of the three main winners of the projects competition. In third place, winning a one-year master’s or bachelor’s scholarship at the Anglo American University in Prague was Ms. Nadia Khan for her project which focussed on providing additional mental healthcare services and advice to young men in the United Kingdom. In second place, winning a full master’s scholarship at the Zagreb School of Business in Croatia were Ms. Joi Sears and Mr. Alexander Shelton for their project entitled “The Green Store” - a pop-up shop offering environmentally friendly clothing and accessories in addition to educational events on sustainability and conservation. The clear winner, however, receiving the vast majority of votes was Ms. Aurelia Abena Attipoe who travelled all the way from Ghana to present her project, “The Pitch Hub” – a training program aimed at equipping 50 young Ghanaian social entrepreneurs with the soft skills and platform required to build and sustain their businesses. For her fantastic efforts, Ms. Attipoe was awarded with Youth Time’s Idea Grant in order to realize her project.


Dr. Yakunin and Ms. Suaad al-Hammadi


3rd place winner Ms. Nadia Khan

The event was capped off with a swashbuckling desert safari during the afternoon which included a range of activities from sandboarding to quad biking, henna painting to dune bashing. All participants would then gather together for a traditional Bedouin dinner whilst enjoying various cultural performances including a traditional belly dance and a moment to remember from Youth Time International Movement ambassador, Qendrim Behluli.


Desert safari


Cultural performance during the Bedouin dinner

The general consensus was that participants and experts alike left the Youth Global Forum in Dubai with heads full of newfound knowledge and ideas. The lessons learned during the programme gave inspiration and motivation to all who attended, with participants gaining a new insight and understanding as what it means to be an ethical entrepreneur in modern society. As has become tradition since the very first Youth Time International Movement event which was held in Rhodes back in 2010, participants also jetted out from Dubai having made plenty of new friends and a sense of belonging to the ever-expanding Youth Time family.

Follow Youth Time International Movement and Youth Time Magazine websites for more updates on future events and activities and do not miss your chance to participate in one of them.

Published in Global Youth Forum
Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:01

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 After a series of meetings between Youth Time and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Prague, main representatives of both parties Ms. Julia Kinash, President Youth Time International Movement and Mr. Wahono Yulianto, First Secretary for Social and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of Indonesia in Prague, on Monday 5 September 2016 officially signed a letter of intent on cooperation, for the organization of the Youth Global Forum.

Both parties came to agree that the event will be held in Jakarta from the 24th to the 26th of November 2016 and will bring together 150 to 200 ambitious young people, consisting of students and young professionals from all over the world. The main theme for the event was set at: ‘The Interdependence between Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship. Creating a Sustainable Environment for Social Development through Tech Innovation’.

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Mr. Wahono Yulianto, First Secretary for Social and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of Indonesia in Prague, emphasized throughout the meetings held in the Youth Time office as well as at the Indonesian embassy, the importance of organizing an event concerning this topic: ‘We hope that by being involved with the organization of this event and thus bringing together the brightest young minds from all over the world in our capital Jakarta, Indonesian youth will be able to learn and get inspired on finding solutions for this urgent matter’.

Ms. Julia Kinash, president of the Youth Time international movement explained the importance of organizing the event in cooperation with the Indonesian counterparts: ‘Organizing an event with an official institution as an Embassy, offers a real example on how the government can support young people achieving their goals in their regular lives’.

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The main purpose of the event is to provide an interactive platform for young social innovators to openly communicate, share ideas and experiences with their peers from different cultural backgrounds and regions around the globe. The event will offer an opportunity to connect and engage with social entrepreneurs, as through networking participants can find human support by like-minded people.

Young people from all over the world that are between the age of 18-32 years old, that are particularly interested in sustainability related matters and social enterpreneurship, are encouraged to apply for the event. Application deadline is set at 19 September, 2016.

For more information on Youth Global Forum Indonesia:

http://globalforum.youth-time.org/

Published in Global Forum 2016
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 08:12

The Youth Global Forum In Jakarta: Apply Now

International movement Youth Time opens applications for the Youth Global Forum 2016! The event will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia in November 24-26. The forum will gather together more than 150 participants from all over the world with the aim of brainstorming solutions for the most prevalent youth issues. The topic of the annual event is The Interdependence Between Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship - Creating a Sustainable Environment for Social Development Through Tech Innovation. Participation is partially funded. Deadline to apply is September 19th.

 

The Youth Global Forum is organized by Youth Time movement in close cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Prague.

The main focus of this forum is set on how to realizing sustainable development in ever-changing global markets. This forum will provide an interactive platform for young social innovators to openly communicate, share ideas and experiences with their peers from different cultural backgrounds and regions around the globe. This event will offer participants to connect and engage with other social entrepreneurs, as through networking they can find human support by like-minded people, as well as they will get guidance from experts and global think tanks in order to get inspired and find motivation to collaboratively lay down the foundation and to envision their successful future.

Main criteria

  • Young people 18-32 y.o. from around the world;
  • Students, social entrepreneurs, young professionals, startupers;
  • Fluent in English.

You can either apply as a project presenter or an interested participant. 

As project presenter you can expect to:

  • Have a chance to win a substantial grant to realize your project.
  • Work on your project proposal in the supervision of an expert (in setting up business initiatives) before the event.
  • Get a platform to present your ideas. Have a unique opportunity to network with 150 like- minded people.
  • Have a valuable working and learning experience in the amazing city of Jakarta.
  • The program, food, and accommodation are covered by Youth Time. Please take into consideration that travel expenses are at your own expense.

As project presenter you are expected to:

  • After invitation pay an entrance fee of € 100. Please note, that only after payment, we will take your project into consideration.
  • Hand in the project proposals before the by Youth Time set deadlines.
  • Present project in front of all participants, experts and journalists at the event.
  • To gather 30% of the total needed budget yourself.

As interested participant you can expect to:

  • Be inspired by all ambitious ideas and all knowledge that will be shared by our honorable guests.
  • Have a unique opportunity to network with 150 like- minded people.
  • Have a valuable working and learning experience in the amazing city of Jakarta.
  • The program, food, and accommodation are covered by Youth Time. Please take into consideration that travel expenses are at your own expense.

As interested participant you are expected to:

  • After invitation pay an entrance fee of € 150,- .
  • Only after payment your participation is guaranteed.
  • Evaluate all projects that are presented to you during the event and vote for a winner.
  • Take part in all workshops that are offered by the program.

Click to find out more about the event and the application procedure.

Published in Global Forum 2016

The win­ning social project “Health For Female Com­mu­nity Lead­ers” cre­ated and pre­sented by the recent med­i­cine grad­u­ate from Nepal Swek­shya Neupane.

Published in Winners
Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00

Promi­nent past speak­ers at YT events

Leading experts on the topic of youth unemployment will be the keynote speakers at the YT Forum in Barcelona. Speakers at earlier YT Forum and Summer Schools in the past have included:

Published in Global Forum 2015
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