Welcome to Medellín Challenge

Within the framework of the 55 years of the San José de Las Vegas Corporation, which will be celebrated 2023, we will hold the Medellín Challenge. This event, which will take place every two years, aims to connect students from local, national and international institutions through the resolution of real challenges that impact different communities.

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We have defined an SDG that allows us to pose three challenges:

Reto 1 MDE Challenge

How to generate sustainable alternatives that allow equitable access to public services in commune 14 in the city of Medellín.

Reto 2 MDE Challenge

How to generate strategies or tools that promote food sovereignty in commune 13 in the city of Medellín.

Reto 3 MDE challenge

What strategies or tools can be implemented to reduce the school dropout rate of children from strata 1 and 2 in commune 4 in the city of Medellín?

Why Medellín Challenge?


Medellín: a city that opens its doors to the world. We invite you to get to know our city and to work collaboratively to solve real challenges in our community. We believe in the power of young people’s ideas and in their leadership to make them a reality. Come, let’s learn together and be part of the change!

How will we do it?

We will carry out the event with the STEAM+H approach through the Design for change methodology, since it will allow us to guide the solution of challenges associated with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a collaborative way. Here, the answer, is not in charge of one, we all build it!

STEAM+H is a new way of learning that seeks to form global citizens that contribute to the solution of a sustainable world. Science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and humanities are a route to achieve this purpose.

Design for Change is an active methodology derived from Design Thinking whose purpose, through the steps: feel, imagine, do and share, is to empower young people to lead initiatives that solve community problems and, in turn, develop global skills such as empathy, collaborative work, communication and critical thinking.

If you dream of being part of this great event, you can register through the following form.
Keep in mind:​
  • Select the challenge that you find most interesting.
  • Identify a teacher to accompany your students in solving the challenges.​
  • Select three students who want to propose a solution to the selected challenge.​
  • Send a one-minute video in which the selected students tell us why they chose the challenge and what ideas they can come up with to solve it.​ ​

Who is invited?


Public and private schools from any country in the world are invited, you can register from any country!

Participation requirements

  • Students in schools must be between 14 and 18 years old.
  • The maximum number of students to enroll is three (3).
  • Students must be in grades 8 through 12.
  • It is important that you register one teacher per school to accompany your students in solving challenges.
  • You must select one of the challenges that catches your attention.
  • It is necessary to present the project in English.

How will we support you?

We will select three schools, which will receive this support:

  • Lodging in the city of Medellin.
  • Meals in the city of Medellin.
  • Transportation.

When will it take place?

Dates of the experience

Medellín Challenge will be held in Medellín, Colombia, from May 17 to 24, 2023, and will connect with the WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education), international educational innovation summit in Doha (Qatar) from May 29 to 31, also in Medellín.

Where it happens?

Commune 4 – Aranjuez 

Commune 4 - Aranjuez

Commune 13 – San Javier

Commune 13 - San Javier

Commune 14 – El Poblado

Commune 14 - El Poblado

Be part of the allies of the event! 

We can all be part of Medellín Challenge!

To be an ally of this international event, you can participate with ideas, resources or alliance management.

Contact us

Bureau Medellín
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