Event Agenda


High School SDGs Workshops

Sun – Wed, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Students are invited to experience activities including, workshops by ibTECHhar, a refugee tent experience, Halaqa talks, and various booths and activities in the gallery area. The workshops will be an open-ended project-based learning experience where participants are free to express and create solutions aiming to spread awareness about the Global Goals using technology tools and engaging activities. As for the refugee experience, students will get the opportunity of stepping into a refugee's shoes and better understanding the process of their registration in host countries. In the gallery area, students can watch short virtual reality documentaries and visit the booths displayed by our many partners.


Refugee Experience

Sun – Wed, 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) will be simulating an almost real refugee zone with multiple tents and a community hospital. The students will be going through the zone and learn about various difficulties refugees face in finding a place in a refugee camp. The tents will showcase registration processes, health checks and other health-related issues with simultaneous guidance from QRC experts.


Workshop by UNDP

Sun – Tue, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


United Nations Development Program will be represented by four youth delegates. The delegates will deliver Halaqa talks and lead a training program for three days entitled, "How to Become an SDGs Ambassador?"


Workshop by Bedaya

Tue, 10:00am – 3:00pm


Bedaya will be providing a one-day training program on Social Entrepreneurship. As a leading entity in youth empowerment and capacity building, Bedaya will be running workshops free of charge for the participants who have a keen interest in social entrepreneurship, business models and social impact.


Workshop by QCRI

Mon, 10:00am – 3:00pm


Qatar Computing Research Institute will be providing a one-day training program on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for social good. The workshop intends to tackle pressing worldwide social problems by using cutting-edge technology. It is argued that AI can bolster capabilities to tackle cases across all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, potentially helping hundreds of millions of people in both advanced and emerging countries.


Workshop by QGBC

Sun – Tue, 4:00pm – 5:00pm


Qatar Green Building Council will be delivering a workshop on how to transform university campuses into an ecocampus. They will give more insight and suggestions regarding how educational communities can make their learning spaces more environmentally friendly.


SDG Comic Zone

Sun – Wed, 8:00am – 9:00pm


This initiative attempts to make the SDGs accessible to the citizens around the world through comics to help educate people about the SDGs and empower them to create positive and lasting change in their own communities and worldwide. Comics Uniting Nations is an affiliate of Project Everyone, in partnership with UNICEF. The World's Largest Lesson is a global initiative aimed at bringing the SDGs to the classroom through lesson plans, videos, comics and other creative content – available freely and in a multitude of languages for educators to download, use or adapt for their classrooms. The inspiration behind the World's Largest Lesson is that the SDGs must be brought down to local realities if they are to succeed in changing the world for the better by 2030. Children, youth, families and communities must internalize how the issues represented by the SDGs affect their own daily lives and

environments, whether they be in improving health and nutrition; the importance of early learning and quality education; fostering more peaceful communities where children live free from violence; or establishing more sustainable approaches to use and preserve natural resources. When this understanding happens, people of all ages can be inspired to take action, resulting in sustained progress of these goals and shifts in social norms and behaviors in the long-term.


High Level Talks

Sun – Tue, 7:00pm – 9:00pm



- Dr. Richard Falk

Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus at Princeton University, member of the Editorial Boards of The Nation and The Progressive, and Chair of the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.



- Dr. Nader Hashemi

Associate Professor at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and Director of Center for Middle East Studies.

- Dr. Azza Karam

Senior Advisor on social and cultural development at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

- Dr. Hugo Slim,

Head of Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva.

- Mr. Jason Pronyk

Regional Manager of the United Nations Volunteer Program in the Arab States, Europe and CIS.



- Dr. Umar Oseni,

Associate Professor at Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia.

- Muyessir Taqi-Eddin,

International marketing consultant and co-founder of Innovation Catalysts Institute.

- Dr. Omneya Abdelsalam,

Professor at the College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Founding Director for the Ethical Finance Research Centre at Durham University, and Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy- Advance HE



Sun – Tue, 6:00pm - 7:00pm


This platform will give students of HBKU a chance to informally meet with leading academics, experts and practitioners. Braindates are designed to facilitate meaningful connections between participants and ensure that everyone heads back home with actionable tools and ideas to affect positive change. Students will have a chance to register with inspirational figures and interact with them to learn about their area of expertise and explore the potential for future collaborations.


Halaqa Talks

Sun – Wed, 8:00am – 1:00pm


Halaqa talks will be short, 10-minute ‘TED style’ talks about global problems and local solutions. Every day, members nominated by our partners will give a short presentation outlining an SDG-related problem and a possible local solution. Halaqa talks will represent local tradition imbued with a global twist and foster inspirational and innovative thinking among youth.


Virtual Reality Experience

Sun – Wed, 8:00am – 5:00pm


“Clouds Over Sidra,” an innovative interactive experience designed by UNICEF's own Chris Milk and Gabo Arora, is the 2015 winner of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Award in the interactive category. With just a smartphone and a VR viewer, students can see the story of a refugee child — Sidra, a resident of Zaatari Camp in Jordan.


SDGs Awards

Wed, 4:00pm – 7:00pm


The intention of the SDGs awards is to recognize individuals, civil society organizations, subnational governments, foundations, networks and private sector leaders who are advancing the global movement for the SGDs in the most transformative, impactful and innovative ways. Five major categories of the awards include: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Moreover, additional partner awards will be dedicated to Silatech, Akhlaquna, QGBC and Qatar Social Work.


CMU-Q SDG Experiment

Sun – Wed, 8:00am – 5:00pm


Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and HBKU will be undertaking an experiment to understand the perceptions of Education City Students on Sustainable Development Goals. The experiment will attempt to understand the responses of students before and after a test

about SDGs and the impact of Maker Majlis on their perceptions.


Exhibitions (Various local organizations)

Sun – Wed, 8:00am – 9:00pm


• Green Maasai Troupe

• Quranic Botanic Garden – Exhibition of plants and tents

• Qatar Green Building Council – Displayed Eco-Campus Project

• Akhlaquna – Small Competition

• Qatar Social Work, NAMA, TAMM Network

• Global Shapers – Played SDG game

• EdClude – SDG activities for children with disabilities

• Qatar Science and Technology Park

• SDGeneration

• Mission20

• Thimun Qatar

• Green Institute

• Greener Future

• Qatar Red Crescent

• UN Volunteers

• Quranic Botanic Garden


Qatar University SDG Law Exhibition

Sun – Wed, 10:00am – 2:00pm


The Voices of Gulf Women in Law History Project & Competition is a joint initiative between Qatar University College of Law, Hamad bin Khalifa University College of Law and Qatar Foundation. The aim of this project is to memorialize the stories of women pioneers in Qatar’s legal profession whose early entrance into the profession presented unique challenges and dilemmas. This project is based on the ABA Women Trailblazers in the Law Project (WTP) from the United States. The overall goal of the project and competition is to increase the historical documentation regarding women’s participation in Gulf society. The point is to contradict popular stereotypes regarding Gulf women by providing an accurate history of their societal participation. The collection will be donated to Qatar National Library to preserve these experiences and observations for future generations of Qatar.



Sun – Wed, 8:00am – 5:00pm


It's an intensive week-long exercise where groups of university students will design projects based on the Sustainable Development Goals. The Makeathon attempts to support Silatech's mission to achieve SDGs 1, 5, 8 and 16. It is expected to result in various prototypes, applications and other outputs, which can later be utilized by Silatech to achieve social and economic impact.


Shared Studios

Sun – Wed, 2:30pm – 3:30pm & 6:00pm – 7:00pm


Doha Debates will be providing The Portable Inflatable Shared Studio, where they will enter a portal and come face-to-face with refugees in a distant place as though they were in the same room. It is meant to connect people separated by distance and difference and an exciting opportunity to meet new people across the globe, live.