2018 #MyLittleBigThing Universities’ Sustainability Innovation Challenge



In 2018, the competition is even bigger and better.  We have signed on a number of key and the stage is set for the development of future sustainability business leaders through the following key events:

Youth-led Implementation of the SDGs – Survey Report  (January 2018)

We will start the year with the launch of a report following a survey done to find out the level of awareness and engagement around the SDGs by Kenya’s youth.  This is a media event which will include a media briefing, expert panel analysis of the report and the announcement of the #MyLittleBigThing 2018 competition.

The review of the survey report will feature speakers from the competition sponsors and partners as well as Government and development partners.  The event will be hosted by KPMG and will be covered by all media houses as well as widely discussed on social media.

Regional SDG Fellowships (February – March 2018)

After the survey launch event, we will have 6 SDGs fellowships across the country.  The objective of each fellowship will be sensitize university students from that region on the 17 SDGs with the aim of getting them to think about relevant projects they can enter into the #MyLittleBigThing competition.  The events are scheduled to take place as follows: –

1. Nairobi Nairobi Sat. 17th Feb
2. Eastern Machakos Sat. 24th Feb

Central Nyeri Sat. 3rd March
4. Rift Valley Nakuru Sat. 10th March

Western Kisumu Sat. 17th March
6. Coast Mombasa Sat. 24th March

Each fellowship will be attended by at least 100 student ambassadors from universities in that region. These invite-only networking events will comprise of the following: –

  1. An education session and video on the SDGs
  2. Review of Youth SDGS survey report as it relates to the region
  3. A panel discussion by 3 MLBT Finalists (students) and 3 industry leaders
  4. SDGs in Action – presentation by sponsors
  5. Brief on the #MyLittleBigThing Competition
  6. Presentation by KPMG’s Graduate Recruitment team

At each fellowship, 3 of the 15 finalists from 2017 will have been briefed and trained as panelists.  These events are opportunities for thought-leadership and influencing policy national county level regarding the implementation of the SDGs and youth involvement.


The fellowships will culminate in a gala event on March 28th 2018.  We will be awarding the 2017 competition finalists and launching next year’s competition.  KPMG is handling the VIP guest list which includes Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi – UNCTAD Secretary General, UK ambassador Nic Hailey and Mr. Wilson Irungu Nyakera, Principal Secretary at Ministry of Devloution and Planning as the keynote speakers.  Themed ‘Generation SDGs Now’ the event will recognize a new, young and engaged generation of sustainability trailblazers who are looking to implement the SDGs in Kenya now.  The event aims at bridging the boundaries between established and emerging leaders to create an atmosphere, which fosters the most innovative, collaborative and transformative solutions to our most pressing challenges and greatest market opportunities.

The Gala consists of three integrated events on the same day:

  1. A Youth Innovation Forum
  2. Networking Reception & Innovation Exhibition &
  3. Awards Dinner



We will unite the creative young leaders who are the finalists in this year’s competition with established professionals and youth-focused organizations to discuss how to transform youth innovations into solutions for the future of our climate and the environment.


The Gala evening will open with a networking reception and Innovation Exhibition. A highlight of the evening, this interactive exhibition space offers Platinum and Gold sponsors the opportunity to showcase their youth engagement through innovative products, services and technologies to about 100 environmental professionals and sustainability business leaders.


The evening continues with the Gala Dinner, which will be attended by student participants in the 2017 #MyLittleBigThing Competition, sponsors, partners, the student community and various corporate guests.  You’ll hear from inspiring business and youth leaders who bring optimism and innovation to the conversation around disruptive implementation of the SDGs.  There will also be a panel discussion on the SDGs featuring the top 3 winners, Platinum sponsors as well as keynote speakers.  This take place before the presentation of the annual #MyLittleBigThing Innovation Awards. This annual networking event is an essential relationship building opportunity for established and emerging leaders alike.

We welcome participation in the gala as panelists, speakers and guests as we reveal our findings on youth-led SDGs action and implementation in Kenya.


Entries into the competition will close on 8th April 2018.  This will be followed by the selection of 15 finalists by KPMG.  On May 22nd,KPMG will train the finalists in business and presentation skills before the judging day on Wednesday May 23rd 2018.  On this day, the finalists will present their ideas before a high-level panel of professionals and sustainability business leaders. There are also opportunities for special category prize sponsorships based on the focus areas of the regional fellowships. 7 students from this process will then proceed to the public voting on www.mylittlebigthing.com.  The 3 students with the most votes will attend the Sustainability Practioners Program in South Africa in August 2018.  They will then return to Kenya for 3 months of internship at top companies in the country.

We are looking for though leadership and partnership in influencing national policy on youth engagement around the SDGs.  We are therefore happy to customize a sponsorship package to meet your specific company / brand needs while meeting the competition’s overall objectives.