Global Futures Contest - The End of World Poverty

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Global Futures essay and multi-media contest. We received entries from six continents addressing the question: Imagine it is the year 2030 and we have successfully achieved the World Bank’s goal of eradicating extreme poverty. How did we manage to achieve this? What was a key obstacle we overcame along the way?

First Place:
 Empowering the Poor to Eliminate Poverty, Jordan Greene
Second Place: Closing the Digital Divide, Haley Lepp
Third Place: The Journey Toward Zero Extreme Poverty, Chapa Perera
Honorable Mention: Agriculture: A Path to Extreme Poverty Reduction, Ademola Adekunbi

Contest Guidelines

Guidelines: Provide a response to the above questions in the form of a 750-1,000 word essay, 2-3 minute video, or piece of artwork and accompanying commentary. Submit your response, a short biography, and contact information to by 11:59pm EDT on April 14, 2015.

The contest is open to enrolled students at higher education institutions worldwide.

Three top awards of $1,000, $750, and $500 will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on the Georgetown Global Futures website.

Evaluation: A panel of Georgetown faculty and students will select the winning entries based on:
  • The creativity and originality of the ideas presented
  • The clarity and organization of the message
  • The author’s demonstrated grasp of challenges and potential solutions around poverty reduction