This is #generationIB

Showcasing the unique approaches taken by IB students to address some of humanity’s greatest challenges

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we’re inviting students from all four IB programmes to join a week-long #generationIB event from 24 to 28 September 2018 to showcase their collaborative skills and innovative ideas and solutions with the world. We’re connecting with some of our most renowned alumni to grow ideas for the themes and challenges that will shape the event. We are partnering with SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) Youth and the Global Schools Program to promote the best solutions to a global audience and showcase them to leaders from business, academia, government and civil society. 

How can we capture the incredible stories and the unique approaches to problem-solving taken by IB students and share them with the world? #generationIB

How will it work?

1. First, create a team. Either within your own school groups or, even better, reach out to students from other IB World Schools and collaborate across the globe.

2. Choose from one of the following five themes:

Health and nutrition #healthIB

This theme covers such topics as food poverty, sustainable food production, mental health, health care, exercise, nutrition and obesity.

Citizenship and responsibility #citizenshipIB

This theme covers topics such as global communities, migration, economics, conflict, freedom of speech, responsibility of the press, fake news, the use and abuse of social media.

Environment and humanity #environmentIB

This theme covers topics such as climate change, energy, pollution control, recycling, sustainable living and urban planning.

Social justice and equality #equalityIB

This theme covers such topics as human rights, racial equality, gender equality, LGBTQI+, economic opportunities and the distribution of wealth.

Education and literacy #educationIB

This theme covers topics such as technology and its impact on education, life-long learning, access to education and skills for the future.

3. Identify an issue related to your chosen theme. Is there an issue you feel passionate about? Do you live in a society which is already dealing with the issue and is it effective, or do you think it can be done better? What world-changing ideas could you come up with?

4. Share and showcase your work. Post photos and videos of your team in action to find solutions to these global issues on Twitter, Instagram or Periscope. Share sketches, texts and other creations that help you think smart. We’d love to see your ideas grow and develop during the week, and demonstrate how you work with each other in new and creative ways. Use #generationIB to recruit for your team across the IB’s global community of schools Don’t forget to use #generationIB and the hashtag of your chosen theme with all your posts to get them the most coverage with the IB community and beyond, and always include pictures and tag your location.

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You’ve done all the hard work, now it’s our turn to shout about it

We know that all schools involved will be very proud and keen to share their students’ involvement in this event across their own communities. By tagging your location when you post to Instagram and/or Twitter, we’ll create a map of the student work taking place as it happens around the world.

After they’ve grown on our platforms, we’ll showcase the solutions and ideas at our final IB Global Conference of 2018 in Vienna, Austria in October, to a global audience of more than 1,500 heads and educators. #IBVI2018

Our IB Global News newsletter will showcase the event and your ideas with more than 47,000 people worldwide who will get the chance to read, share and like the posts with their own friends and communities.


We hope you’re as excited as we are about this truly global, collaborative and showcasing event. If you have any queries, you can contact us, or Tweet us using #generationIB.