Sustainable Development Geek

How much do you know about the SDGs? Sustainable Development Geek (SDGeek) is a game designed to test your knowledge and get people talking about development topics in a fun way. It is grounded in the belief that successful development requires questioning, discussing, and improving our ideas, rather than finding the “right” answer.

SDGeek was inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations’ goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that officially came into force on January 1, 2016. The SDGs apply to all countries of the world, and aim to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.

Originating in Switzerland at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDGeek has now come to China! Our Chinese edition of the game includes a number of new questions that pertain specifically to sustainable development in or related to China. Home to over 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country in the world. Over the years, the country has experienced massive change and growth. In the area of development, China has now become a global leader and has been involved in the achievement of the SDGs both at home and abroad.

The Geekiness Goes Digital

In 2019, UNDP China is creating a digital version of the original SDGeek card game. This new version of the game will see players face off in head to head development trivia as they compete to see who is the geekiest of all! By playing and sharing the game with others, players will have the opportunity to earn badges and points that will go towards prizes!

After successfully piloting version 1.0 of the digital game at UN Day in 2018, we are now aiming to release a second version of the game in February 2020. 


Help us spread the geekiness and play SDGeek at your next event!  Click here to download the SDGeek question cards and see a full reference list and instructional manual. 

Photo Gallery

A sample SDGeek question
Piloting the SDGeek digital version at UN Day, 2018.
SDGeek displayed as part of an interactive exhibition at the 2019 International Horticulture Expo
Students playing SDGeek at Peking University's 15th Annual National Model United Nations
Launch of SDGeek wechat game version 2.0 at UNDP China 40th anniversary celebration in Beijing

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