Programme Overview

SDG Summer School: Open Source Health Solutions

The theme of the 2022 edition of the SDG Summer School is “Open Source Health Solutions”. The school lasts four weeks, from Monday 4 July to Friday 29 July. The format is hybrid, with teams working locally in maker spaces in Geneva, Paris, Seoul and Shenzhen, while collaborating online in a global network.

IMPORTANT: Each of the four sites participating in the SDG Summer School has a separate application procedure. If you wish to take part in the Summer School from a different location please check this website.

For all inquiries about the 2022 SDG Summer School, contact

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This year’s edition of the SDG Summer School in Geneva is supported by the Global Fund for the Fight against AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, and corporate sponsors Partisia Blockchain Foundation and Seeed Studio.

The challenges come from organisations like the Global Fund and WHO, and these organisations provide mentors to the teams. In addition, PhD students working in leading health organisations in Geneva and around the globe, from the doctoral programme of the Institute for Global Health at University of Geneva, will coach the teams.

A few SDG Summer Student Stipends are available, to cover travel, accommodation and tuition fees. If these expenses are a challenge for you, please explain this in your application, and indicate that you would like to be considered for a stipend. 

DEADLINES: Students requiring visas should apply by Saturday, 30 April. Students not requiring visas may apply until Tuesday, 31 May.


NOTE*: Interested Candidates have to provide a public url (e.g. Dropbox, Google Folder) to a folder containing your application documents: CV and Motivation Letter. The Motivation Letter has to include a 1 min YouTube video where you explain your motivation to join the SDG Summer School. Be careful not to provide a protected url, but a public url.

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External students : CHF 2,000

UNIGE students: CHF 350

NEW! Register for the "Course + Accommodation Package"!

Participants choosing the package, can register through us for housing at the Cité universitaire de Genève. Please thorougly read our instructions before filling in the application form.

Note: 15 rooms are available for this course. We try to accommodate all external students.

Student stipends : some support is available to help cover travel, accommodation and tuition fees, for well-motivated applicants

Course Directors

Professor François Grey
Director of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative
University of Geneva

Professor Antoine Flahault
Director of the Institute of Global Health
Faculty of Medicine
University of Geneva

Course Management

Jose Luis Fernandez Marquez
GTI SDG Accelerator Manager
University of Geneva

Course Coordination

Giulia Brocco
GTI Program Coordinator
University of Geneva

Program of 2021 edition of SDG Summer School on Open Source Health Solutions, for reference

Download Schedule as PDF


Gokul Rajendran, Kerala University of Health Sciences

“Completely out of My world!! Because it showed me what I have not seen before! I learned about entrepreneurship, Gained confidence to pitch & to speak, Gained friendships around the world. The List goes on....! It also showed me what was near me! They connected me to Organisations near me to help my idea turn into a reality. I Still Remember the Virtual Trip we took to GENEVA to the UN Headquarters, The CERN Lab & WMO etc.. Leadership & Team work! which was the most important thing I would like to say! My team was of 4 People living in 4 Parts of the world (Indonesia, Mexico, India & Paris), still we developed our prototype & pitched as one the best. The Mentors they provided were Highly Experienced People from WHO, CERN etc loved them all. The Experience was once absolutely amazing! I would say! go for it! I'm the Guarantee that you will love this!!”

Valentina Rossi, University of Geneva

“This one-month opportunity allowed me to speak up, learn how to pitch a project idea and engage with different stakeholders from the International Geneva and beyond, all this in a stimulating learning environment! During the SDG Summer School in 2019, I developed a prototype of an application with fellow students from different academic backgrounds and continents. Working with them has been a unique experience that made me understand the importance of learning by doing first hand.”

Qike Huang, Erasmus University Rotterdam

" The SDG geneva summer school was definitely one of the highlights in my 2021. It was such an unforgettable and amazing experience in the one-month stay in Geneva. Even though due to the COVID, our summer school was held in a hybrid form, it also gave us such a great opportunity to connect with talented people from Singapore, Paris, Seoul, and Chile. Moreover, mentors from WHO, UN, and other international organizations gave us great insights on SDGs, especially on how open-source health solutions can solve various health challenges. This program would definitely enrich your summer and I highly recommend it!"

Xiaoyan Xing, Tsinghua University

“Participating in the GTI SDG summer school was one of the best decisions I have ever made. GTI is an amazing place where I collaborated with participants across the world and experienced mentors from different institutions and organizations. Those experiences extremely opened my mind and enriched my knowledge as well as communication skills. I believe through the four weeks of intense yet productive work you will learn how to achieve a SDG solution from scratch, how to work with people who have diverse cultural backgrounds and personalities, and so on. 100% recommend it!”