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UN SDG Action Campaign - MY World 360° Media Competition 2020

Updated on May 27, 2020 536 views
UN SDG Action Campaign -  MY World 360° Media Competition 2020

The global COVID-19 health crisis is affecting people across the planet and across all facets of life, from jobs to access to education, basic services and family life. It’s also highlighting the importance of solidarity and how our individual actions have an impact in our communities and on the lives of people all over the planet, shaping the world we live in. Through immersive storytelling we can bring everyone closer together and inspire actions that have a positive impact for people and for the planet and create a common vision for a better world.

Since 2018, MY World 360˚ creators around the world have used immersive storytelling to share what is going on in their communities and to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals, a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. From climate action reporting to stories of local innovation and resilience, participants shine a spotlight on issues most relevant to them and their communities, by using new and emerging multimedia formats.

For this new cycle of MY World 360°, we invite creators of all ages, globally and in all languages, to share how they themselves, or people in their community, are making a difference in the face of COVID-19, and how these actions bring us closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Share with us your vision for the world you want to see after COVID19, a world where the Goals are achieved.

We recognize that many people are restricted to move freely in the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, we are expanding the call to all types of immersive media and encourage virtual team work and co-creation across borders to harness the world’s collective creativity and ideas.

How can you participate?

Submit your media through and share tagging @SDGAction and @DigitalPromise and using #MYWorld360

What types of media will be considered?

Your MY World 360° story may include one or more of the following:

  • Audio recordings that engage listeners with a story or new idea
  • Mixed media projects that combine drawings, photos, audio, video, animation and/or text in a unique way
  • Panorama or 360° photography or video that immerses viewers in a new experience, point of view, or place
  • Augmented Reality (AR) that brings digital content into our experience of the real world
  • Interactive digital games, simulations, or experiences that combine 2D, 3D, or Virtual Reality (VR) elements
  • Photogrammetry and 3D modeling that share natural or cultural artifacts
  • Or something else—show us what’s possible!

What stories are we looking for?

We encourage you to be creative within the context of your situation. Here are some guiding questions that might be helpful as you get started.

  • How are you or people in your community making a difference in the face of COVID-19?
  • How do these issues get us closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • What’s your vision for a world where the Goals are achieved?

What makes a compelling submission?

  • Potential for impact: Who is the intended audience for your media and how will it inspire change?
  • Creative use of media and technology: How are you combining tools and techniques in a unique way to convey a message or tell a story?
  • #TogetherAlone: How might you connect virtually with someone to share ideas and perspectives, or to co-create something?

Why participate?

  • Share your talent with the world and help us tell the stories that ignite positive action with the world.
  • Selected stories will be shared as part of the MY World 360° Selection, and showcased as part of United Nations events and activations.
  • Connect with other MY World 360° creators from around the world, develop your skills and access mentoring and sharing opportunities.

Learn more about MY World 360˚

MY World 360° is a global partnership initiative led by Digital Promise, Oculus, and the UN SDG Action Campaign that invites creators worldwide to use immersive storytelling to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Individuals or teams are welcome to create or co-create and share projects. Educators and adults working with students under age 18 are welcome to share their students’ media. Creators ages 18 and older are welcome to post their original work directly. Projects can be in any language.

Since launching in 2018, MY World 360° has exhibited at in-person events like the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, COP24 and COP25, the UN SDG Global Festival of Action, the DW Global Media Forum, Re:Publica and other global events. In light of the current pandemic, we will be rolling out an expanded digital exhibition to reach the largest audience possible. Follow for details!

For this round of MY World 360°, creators are invited to share work between now and August 31, 2020 for consideration to be screened alongside UN events and activations throughout the year.

We can’t wait to see what you create!


Mixed Media (Audio, Photography, Video, Animation and Design)

Combine audio, photography, video, animation, or design to tell a story or share creative work. Storytelling and design have the power to educate and inspire people. Consider these questions as you think about what you want to create and how you want to capture people’s attention and engage them in meaningful ways.

  • Who are you creating for?
  • What is the impact you want your project to have?
  • How do you want them to experience it?

Your media could take any form, from narrative to documentary to experimental. The only requirement is that it relates to taking care of each other and the world we live in, and that you connect it back to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sample Audio, Photography, Video, Animation and Design Apps and Tools

  • Adobe – Multimedia and creativity tools, including Adobe Fresco for digital drawing and painting, Adobe Spark for easily creating social media content in just a few steps, Adobe Premiere Rush for quickly creating, editing, and sharing online videos
  • Audacity – A digital audio editor and recording tool
  • Clips (iOS only)- A mobile video editing software application
  • Canva – A web-based graphic design tool
  • Flourish – Turn spreadsheets into online charts and maps or combine them into one interactive story.
  • Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program) – A tool for image manipulation.
  • Inkscape – A tool for creating or editing vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, and even complex paintings
  • Knight Lab’s storytelling toolbox – Easy-to-use tools to tell stories using photos, audio, timelines, maps, and numbers.
  • OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) Studio – Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.
  • Thinglink – A platform and tools for adding clickable tags (including text, audio files) and creating interactive infographics, maps, drawings, photos and videos.
  • WeVideo – A collaborative, web-based video editing platform.

Interactive Design

Use 2D, 3D, or virtual reality elements to build an interactive digital game, simulation, or experience that others can interact with. Creating for interactive design projects is often referred to as “experience prototyping.” As you think about what experience you want to create, the questions below might be helpful to consider.

  • What is your story concept or idea?
  • Who are you designing it for?
  • Why should it be interactive?
  • What is the impact you want it to have?

Your interactive design could take any form, from an interactive game to an immersive virtual world, and should relate to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sample Interactive Design Apps and Tools

The tools listed as beginner and intermediate below can also be used for complex creations, or can be great starting points for those new to creating interactive experiences.


  • A-Frame – A web framework for building virtual reality experiences.
  • Gamestar Mechanic – A tool for learning about game design and making your own video games.
  • Glitch – A platform and community with free tools to create and use millions of apps, including VR experiences.
  • Godot – A 2D and 3D, cross-platform, free and open-source game engine.
  • Minecraft – A sandbox video game in which players can explore a blocky, pixelated, 3D world, and discover and extract raw materials, craft tools, and build structures.
  • MIT App Inventor – A visual programming environment for creating fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets.
  • Mozilla Mixed Reality Home – Free tools to create VR experiences.
  • OpenSpace3D – A platform for creating virtual and augmented-reality applications or games.
  • Ready Maker – An open-ended software creator for building games, apps, and software without any previous coding experience.
  • Scratch MIT – Learn to code your own interactive stories, games, and animations.


  • Unity – A cross-platform game engine used to develop three-dimensional and two-dimensional video games and simulations. Includes a Free Online Unity & Oculus Course for intermediate Unity developers.
  • Unreal Engine – A 3D creation tool for creating interactive experiences and immersive virtual worlds.

Augmented Reality (AR)

Leverage the potential of emerging technologies like Augmented Reality to design interactive experiences that bring digital content into the real world.

  • Identify community needs and related SDG(s) that could be better understood or solved;
  • Visualize and define the use case;
  • Prototype your design

Augmentation can take any form – from a tour of sustainable practices in your own living space, to an experience of a natural environment or phenomenon, and should relate to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sample Augmented Reality Apps and Tools

The tools listed as beginner and intermediate below can also be used for complex creations, or can be great starting points for those new to creating interactive experiences.


  • Adobe Aero (iPad and iPhone) – Design and share augmented reality experiences using assets you’ve created in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or images from phone or desktop.
  • Artivive – A platform where artists build can combine analog and digital art.
  • Cospaces – Web-based application for easy-to-build AR and VR.
  • Hoverlay – A platform that lets you create, link, and share digital twins of your art, products, or yourself.
  • Echoes – A tool for creating and exploring immersive geolocated experiences.
  • Snap Camera – A tool for creating lenses to add to live streams and video chats.
  • Torch – A tool for building Web AR apps.


  • ARKit – Apple’s augmented reality (AR) platform for iOS devices enables developers to produce apps that interact with the world.
  • ARCore – Google’s platform for building augmented reality experiences enables your phone to sense its environment, understand the world and interact with information.
  • Spark AR – Facebook’s Spark AR Studio for Mac & Windows enables creation of AR effects for mobile cameras.
  • Lens Studio – A real-time tool for creating Snapchat Lenses that allows you to create Face Lenses (front camera experiences) and World Lenses (rear camera experiences).

3D Modeling Tools

  • Blender – A 3D creation suite that supports modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing motion tracking, and more.
  • Sketchfab – A platform to publish, share, and discover 3D, VR and AR content that allows users to display 3D models on the web, to be viewed on mobile browsers, desktop browsers or VR headsets.

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