Medellín opens its doors to the world!

Welcome to Medellín Challenge

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!


Generate collaborative and intergenerational learning to analyze real challenges in communities of a developing city, and empowering youth to cocreate and prototype sustainable solutions for a better future in a global ecosystem.

This is how we will live the MDE Challenge 2024

November 24th,



October 1st to

November 22th, 2023


January 20th,


Challenges launching

February 2nd, 6th

and 9th, 2024

Online training for students
and teachers

February 12th to

April 12th, 2024

Online learning

April 15th to

April 18th, 2024

On site

The challenges

Our students selected the following challenges


Skills for a changing world: young people learning and inspiring

Currently, the lack of connection between the school curriculum and the needs of the real world, as well as the absence of educational approaches that encourage active participation, lead to a loss of interest in learning. That’s why we propose the following challenge:

Driving question:
What kind of learning would you find most valuable for your personal and professional life?

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Education without borders: young people promoting the closure of educational gaps

Currently, migrants face multiple barriers in accessing education and social services, including not knowing the Colombian education system, lacking legal requirements and inadequate documentation. (UNICEF COLOMBIA, 2022, p. 1)
Therefore, we propose the following challenge:

Driving question:
How can we promote equitable access to healthy food and education for immigrant children and adolescents?

Guardians of Water: conservation challenges in the watersheds of Comuna 14 Poblado

Young people seeking to transform their territory with sustainable solutions focused on water conservation.

Driving question:
How can we generate sustainable strategies to take care of water sources in commune 14 as we use them properly?

Ecomobility Medellín

The school transportation dilemma is a big challenge in the heart of El Poblado district. The demand for efficient and sustainable school transit solutions is palpable, as the current system brings issues of congestion, delayed routes, and environmental concerns. Addressing this transportation puzzle is not just about getting to school on time; it’s about forging a path towards a greener, more streamlined future for education in El Poblado.

Driving question:
How can we enable sustainable school transportation to reduce the environmental impact and increase the well-being of users in Commune 14, Poblado?


We chose  the best of each active methodology and  integrated it into the following 3 learning stages

Inspiration for learning

  • Try to understand and empathize with real problems and investigate about their causes.

  • Build a driving question

  • Reflect about the problems of people and communities.

Connection to learning

  • Learning by thinking:

Think creatively about different ideas that would solve the problem and select the one that is most sustainable and benefits the community economically, environmentally, and socially.

  • Learning by doing: 

students learn by doing through prototype design.

Share and validate learning

Let the world know about your inspiring solution and impact the selected community in Medellín

How are we going to develop this experience?

How is each team going to work?

Staff: This team must guarantee that the project purpose and goals are achieved and that the different student commissions work collaboratively and efficiently.

Academic Commission

 Students and teachers must guarantee that the methodological and academic components are developed.

Logistics Commission

Students and teachers must guarantee that all the project participants (mentors, tutors, and others) have everything they need to solve the challenge.

Communication Commission

 Leaders and students must promote the communication strategy of the event.

Alliances Commission

Promote the event among national and international organizations, and consolidate alliances and sponsorships that help the event to take place. 

How much is it?

For more information

Would you like to participate?

The time has come to recall the memories that have left an indelible mark on our hearts!

It was #MDEChallenge2023 💙

We have embraced new cultures, received unwavering support from thematic experts and social leaders, and shared laughter and knowledge that transcended borders 🌎🙌

Medellín Challenge 2023 Social Impact

Together, we are building a better future for all! 🚀✅

We were sharing the special moments that have transformed us, inspired us, and filled us with joy 😍😍

Don’t miss out on this!

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