Register to Attend: The World Bank Youth Summit 2019: Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future – Washington DC, USA.

Application Deadline: October 6th, 2019 (11:59PM ET)

The 2019 World Bank Youth Summit will be a two-day interactive event, taking place at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC from December 2-3rd, 2019.

The theme for the 2019 Summit is Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future.

NEW THIS YEAR: This year’s World Bank Group Youth Summit will feature a new action-based learning component: Smart City Solutions Case Challenge. Over the course of the Summit, you will gain real time experience in a team-based, simulated scenario identifying key challenges and opportunities in the development of a smart city. Through facilitated working sessions led by leading development practitioners, you will work with your peers to develop and present your solutions. The case challenge will provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, problem-solving skills, and creativity while co-creating and networking with your peers and experts in the field.

Established in 2013, the Youth Summit is an annual event hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG) to engage with youth globally on the most pressing topics facing our generation.

The primary goals of the Summit are to (1) empower youth to explore innovative ideas to tackle emerging development challenges, (2) provide youth with the tools to build and engage in impactful projects, and (3) promote dialogue between youth, the WBG, and other key stakeholders globally.

The 2019 Youth Summit will be a two-day interactive event, taking place at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC from December 2-3rd, 2019.

The theme for the 2019 Summit is Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future.

Cities are places of opportunity: 80% of global GDP is created in cities, helping hundreds of millions lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Over recent decades, cities have become a magnet for talent, investment, and for youth seeking a prosperous future. 

The two-day Summit will include the following components:

1.       Theme content

·         Keynote speeches from leaders in the field

·         Stakeholder discussions for delegates and livestream audience

·         Expert panels that offer targeted insights 

2.       Global pitch competition for business & policy ideas (competition finalists)

·         5 stage competition for innovative ventures related to the Summit theme

·         Finalists pitch and share ideas at the main event in DC to an expert judging panel

3.        Smart City Solutions – Case Challenge (all delegates) 

·         Delegates form teams to tackle a case scenario, identiying challenges and opportunities for development

·         Facilitated workshops enable delegates to grow their ideas

·         Teams present their innovative solutions to a global audience

4.       Networking opportunities

·         Delegates’ reception

·         Speed mentoring 

·         Online communities via social media before, during, and after the Summit

5.       Innovation Marketplace

·         Learn about partner organizations through interactive exhibits

·         Opportunities to engage directly with industry leaders

REGISTER NOW to attend the 2019 Summit.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the World Bank Youth Summit 2019


  1. I am Prince Messiah Yeboah Hayford, the Executive Director of Festive Kids International Foundation . My foundation has design a Six module program on community Development in line with the vision and the mission of the secretariat, this year’s conference theme and SDG goals number 1,4,5,11and11 . I cant wait to share this modules with the secretariat as it seeks to build a five-phase capital of communities. That is: physical, financial, human, social and environmental to help increase Economic Growth in communities in Ghana to be extended to other part of Africa if need be. This would also improve the standard of living of people in the community. The “concrete” benefits of community development such as employment and infrastructure occur, when indigenes have a change in mindset, existing human capital is well harnessed, people become more problem-solving oriented and community resources are efficiently managed and used in new ways.

  2. I humbly request if an invitation could be extended to me by the secretariat to further discuss and present on the six modules which seeks to enhance the developments of communities in Africa.


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