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GJC 2000

The first edition of the Global Junior Challenge, which took place in 2000, was a great success: more than 580 projects were presented from 49 different countries. The project categories for the Global Junior Challenge 2000 were:

  • Up to 10 years old
  • Up  to 15 years old
  • Up to 18 years old
  • Up to 29 years old
  • Projects promoting youth training for initial job placement

GJC 2002

The Global Junior Challenge 2002 focused on the issue of the digital divide, the gap that exists between those who have access to knowledge generated by new technologies and those who are excluded. This specific goal was anchored in the greater objective of pursuing the diffusion of good practices in the use of multimedia applications and Internet for educational purposes. International solidarity was efficiently promoted by  twinning ten Italian schools with ten  schools from the poorer areas of the world.
Moreover, the second edition featured a new project to create a global movement to fight the digital divide at a global level. By visiting the  www.e-inclusionsite.org site, anyone - with a simple click - can help support Global Junior Challenge Projects in the poorer areas of the world.
The second edition of the GJC was a great success with 433 projects from 64 countries around the world.

GJC 2004

The third edition of the Global Junior Challenge definitely consolidated the success of the initiative. In 2004, the GJC featured 647 projects from more than 70 countries.
The 2004 edition focused on the innovative use of technology to fight poverty. Moreover, a special category was reserved for equal opportunities. Over 500 projects participated in the two-day fair visited by over 6000 Roman students and teachers.
The final event launched the Holding Hands initiative, an on-line journal promoting cultural integration amongst Roman, Palestinian and Israeli schools.

GJC 2007

The fourth edition of the Global Junior Challenge further cemented the success of the event which has become a permanent appointment for youth around the world.
The GJC 2007 featured 600 projects from 70 countries! The jury selected 102 finalist projects in 7 categories and awarded 22 prizes at the awards ceremony held at the Rome City Hall on October 5, 2007. All finalists participated in the two-day fair visited by over 6000 Roman students and teachers.

GJC 2009

In the fifth edition of the contest and internation jury selected 109 finalists between more than 450 projects. The winners were awarded in the Campidoglio. The theme of the international conference was about the social innovation against the crisis and for the development. The fact that an increasing number of projects registered at the GJC come from underdeveloped countries shows how the technologies can speed up the process of social development in a country, expecially in the education field.

The Global Junior Challenge is an unique chance to refletc on the importance of the challenges given by the education in the 21st century and on the role that new technologies can have in the process of social integration, development and in the putting down of world poverty.