The concept of Smart cities is relatively well developed. It involves the capture of big data to make urban systems more efficient. But could the capturing of data optimise the performance and wellbeing of society as a whole? This was the main topic during Day One of the Youth International Summer School that is being held from 15th to 20th of July in the city of Shanghai.

If you are a young person from Central, Eastern or South Eastern Europe, France, Israel, North America or the Arab region, you are welcome to apply for the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) at the German Bundestag. This is the opportunity to experience how the Bundestag works over the course of five months, with three of these spent working in a Member’s office. Deadline to apply is July 31st.

World Food Program’s Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales bold solutions to hunger. Innovators, start-ups, and companies receive financial support of up to $100,000, access to a network of experts and a global field reach. The deadline is on September 24, 2018.

Open Technology Fund awards are aimed to support organisations that promote secure access to technology and human rights. Payment is issued on completion of stated objectives, activities, and deliverables per a schedule outlined in the contract. OTF’s target support ceiling is $300,000, with most supported efforts receiving between $50,000 and $200,000. The deadline is on September 1st.

Filmmakeres are invited to participate in the Paris MegaCities ShortDocs Citizen Film festival (MC-SD Festival) and compete for the funded trip to Paris as well as a EUR 1,000 award. The deadline is on July 15th.

Young people from ASEM countries are welcome to apply for a 2-week experiential learning journey and “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” for Asian and European students & young professionals. Designed to foster cross-cultural exchanges and networks among youth, it will offer you the opportunity to broaden your horizons, deepen your knowledge on contemporary issues, and propose concrete solutions to societal challenges. Deadline to apply is 3rd of July.

Applications are now open for the Ashoka ChangemakerXchange Summit in Greece. ChangemakerXchange is a collaboration platform for social entrepreneurs. ChangemakerXchange will bring prominent social innovators who have dedicated their activities to solving a social problem and have the skills and mindset to collaborate for collective impact. The deadline is on June 18th.

Are you a young cultural manager/practitioner looking to develop and strengthen your cultural leadership skills? Apply for the third edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP). This Cultural Diplomacy Platform is looking specifically for applications from outstanding cultural managers from Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA, as well as from the 28 Member States of the European Union. The deadline is on 14th of June.

Organisations worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting an initiative aimed at changing the diverse range of experiences women are facing. These initiatives should be able to share evidence about efforts that have led to the strengthening and protection of women's rights and/or to a balanced representation of women and men in public, political and/or economic affairs. The deadline is on 30th of May.

Editors, designers, developers, social media managers, and media entrepreneurs are welcome to participate in News Impact Academy in Spain. This year the annual event focuses on how to develop a vision and strategy for innovation and discuss what success looks like. The deadline is on July 20th.

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