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Editors Lab Final 2015

The World Cup of Newsroom Innovation.

The crowning of the Editors Lab season

Throughout the third season of the Editors Lab programme, the Global Editors Network has organized hackdays all over the world. Each winning team has been invited to take part in the Editors Lab Final, ’The World Cup of Newsroom Innovation’, that took place during the GEN Summit 2015 in Barcelona. The winning teams competed during two days to win the title of Editors Lab World Champion.

The theme of the Editors Lab was: "Hack for Sustainable Development".

And the winner is...

  • The France 24-RFI team has won the Editors Lab Final in Barcelona. Steven Jambot, Emmanuelle Nicholas and Alaeddine Ouertani created the winning prototype Earth Alert as they competed against teams from around the world during the GEN Summit 2015 at the CCCB in Barcelona. The team's concept is based on crowdsourcing, with the users as the source of information. Members of the public are invited to submit alerts, called “Earth Alerts”, about a sustainable development concern in their country, city, town or village.




  • The team from The Times, UK, won the second prize with Think 17 - a tool that asks questions to help guide journalists towards key issues which can inform their work, and provide the resources and information to make them aware of the UN's 17 sustainability goals. 


  • The team from Datum, Austria, came third with their the prototype, Urban Sustainability Index (USI) - a data-driven application designed to show the user thesustainability performance of each of Vienna's 250 urban communities, such as green spaces, water use, energy use, public transport and recycle rate.

The Jury


Évangéline de Bourgoing

Global Editors Network

Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

Millán I. Berzosa

Millán I. Berzosa

Google News Lab


Ying Chan

The University of Hong Kong


Hack for Sustainable Development

One of the main outcomes of Rio+20 – the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – was the agreement by member states to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a universal set of global priorities for sustainable development that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their policies over the next 15 years.

For this #EditorsLab Final, participating teams have to pick one of these goals, a few of them, or even all of them and think about new ways to report on these topics. How can you build prototypes to engage audiences and innovate coverage on these sustainable development issues?


The 17 Sustainable Development Goals:

    1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
    2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
    3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
    4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all
    5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
    6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
    7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
    8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
    9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
    10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
    11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
    12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
    13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (in line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
    14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
    15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
    16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
    17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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