Global Tech Challenge

The Global Tech Challenge, launched at CES 2020, is presented by CES® and the World Bank Group.

2021 Winners

The result of a partnership between the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the World Bank Group, the Global Tech Challenge was launched at CES 2020 to reward scalable and innovative technological solutions in three main areas; digital health in East Africa, resilience in India and gender equality around the world. Selected among over 1000 applications, three winners were selected for gender equality, ten for resilience and 17 for digital health. View our 2021 winners:

Challenge Focus Areas

The Global Tech Challenge will focus on three areas:

  • Digital health.
  • Gender divide.
  • Climate change.

Finalists of the Global Tech Challenge will be announced at CES 2021.

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About the World Bank Group

The World Bank Group, one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries, provides knowledge and financing to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.

Helping close the global digital divide, and making sure countries can take advantage of the opportunities created by disruptive technologies, is a key part of the World Bank Group's mission.

Our global challenge with the World Bank Group calls on technology companies around the world to create solutions to some of our biggest problems.

Gary Shapiro
President and CEO, CTA

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TechEmerge Resilience India

Applications are closed.

Calling on the tech community to help cities and communities in developing countries build resilience to climate change and disaster — through disruptive technology.

Selected innovators receive market-entry support and funding to pilot solutions in the local market.   Learn more arrow-black

Solutions for Women

Applications are closed.

We are calling on the tech community to help tackle gender inequality through access to digital technology.

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New Focus Area for Rapid Response

Applications are closed.

Addressing the gender digital divide is crucial to ensuring the sustainability of women’s livelihood. This is particularly the case during crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, when connectivity is key.

Historically, leaving structural gender inequalities out of the crisis response has further compounded those inequalities. At times like this, we need to emphasize the importance of digital access for women.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we will accept rapid response applications to fast track implementation of sustainable solutions around digital access and online content.  Learn more arrow-black

IFC TechEmerge Health Challenge

Applications are closed.

Matching health tech innovators from around the world with leading health care providers in East Africa to conduct pilot projects and build commercial partnerships. 

Selected innovators receive market-entry support and funding to pilot solutions in the local market. 

Ready to expand to new markets and contribute to resolving some of East Africa's biggest health challenges? 

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Hear More About the Challenge


The Global Tech Challenge is an opportunity to bring the voices of entrepreneurs from countries often underrepresented to the global tech stage.

Makhtar Diop
World Bank VP of Infrastructure


Technology Innovations for Climate Resilience

Technology can greatly aid the response to natural disasters, such as wildfires, floods and landslides, but it can also help the world plan and prepare for climate-related problems.

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Making Resilience Accessible to All

With access to technology differing from country to country, the World Bank is helping to build resilient societies around the world through empowering local communities.

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The 5 Disruptive Solutions for Climate Resilience

Resilience solutions can address climate-related challenges, from ensuring the reliability and safety of housing, water, food and power to addressing migration and refugee issues fueled by climate change, as well as rising climate-related pollution and health risks.

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Podcast: How Resilient Societies Use Tech to Adapt

Get an in-depth look at how the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, a trust fund housed within the World Bank, is piloting different and innovative ways to manage disaster risks using technology.

Conference Programming from CES 2020

CES and the World Bank Group collaborated on conference programming for CES 2020, with content focused on the intersection of technology and development.

Disruptive Tech Disrupting Climate Change

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Ensuring Connectivity During Disasters

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Peace Building and Technology

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