What is the Imagine The World Anew:

A Call for Youth Voices on COVID-19 in Malaysia?

“Imagine the World Anew: A Call for Youth Voices on COVID-19 in Malaysia” is an open call project organised by Impact Hub KL in partnership with Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH), Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI), supported by the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office (WHO – WPRO) and WHO Representative Office to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore. The purpose of this open call is to mobilize large numbers of youth in Malaysia, and through their voices, inform and contribute to the formulation of the national and regional health policies related to COVID-19. This project includes elements related to communication, futures thinking and social innovation for health and the future of health.

This call opens up an opportunity for Malaysian youth to participate in the national and regional health and future of health agenda; generate and share ideas on how they imagine the future: life now and in the year 2050, that includes the key issues in a post-COVID-19 world, and create social innovation projects related to building a better world after the pandemic.


Youth-Led Social Innovations in Health

Youth Messaging

Futures Thinking & Strategic Planning (Future of Health)

Any youth-led social innovations in health with proposals, ideas, concepts and prototypes to address problems or challenges brought by COVID-19 pandemic in a small or large-scale community; innovations can be in any of the two types:

  • Innovations to address direct COVID-19 health problems (e.g. management of COVID-19 cases, prevention and control of the spread of the virus, contact tracing practices etc.)
  • Innovations to address indirect COVID-19 health problems (e.g. mental health  etc.)

Application Format: Text (descriptions of novel solutions), Image, Video & Digital Apps

Any youth-focused messages, communication & engagement strategies which can reach and engage young people to encourage the adoption of healthy and safe behaviors, be aware of how individual actions can contribute to collective health, and empower others to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. These messages could be in the form of the following:

  • Text (short story/ poem)
  • Images (photographs, drawings, paintings)
  • Videos 
  • Music and/or Spoken Word

Application Format: Text (short story/ poem), Images, Videos, Music and/or Spoken Word

Create a vision of how you perceive the year 2050 will look. The vision may consider how a living arrangement in a city or other  community would look like in 2050 after the COVID-19 pandemic. The vision may highlight key issues in youth lives (e.g. work, education, family, health) including future-oriented ideas on  the problems or concerns that would emerge in youth lives out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vision that you create will feed into how countries and local communities must strategically plan for the future to ensure that they are resilient against future changes and adversity.

Application Format: Text (descriptions of novel solutions), Image, Video & Digital Apps

Participants can apply to 1 or more of the thematic tracks as long as the submissions are unique and novel to each other.


  • Malaysian youth & young adults (18-30 years)
  • Entries may be in English, or in Bahasa Malaysia
  • You can submit as an individual, or as a group of 3-4 members
  • Unlimited entries for each individual or group, with unique submissions
  • Commitment to participate in a Designathon and mentoring support program should you be selected
  • All submission entries should be aligned with the 3 thematic tracks:
    • Youth-led Social Innovations in health;
    • Youth Messaging; 
    • Futures Thinking & Strategic Planning (Future of health)
  • Application Format:
    • Text (maximum length of 1000 words)
    • Images (maximum file size of 10 MB, with text to explain the image)
    • Videos and music (maximum length of 2 minutes, maximum file size of 200 MB)
    • Digital applications (can be demoware or trial version, with text to explain the application)


  • Take part in a digital designathon: Selected youth finalists will take part in a designathon and have the opportunity to co-create solutions with experts in different fields
  • Mentorship and support: Selected finalists will also be matched to mentors and will gain access to opportunities from our partner institutions to help further expand and scale their projects and innovations.
  • Certificate of recognition: Participants will be given a certificate of recognition by Impact Hub KL, Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH) Global in China, and the World Health Organization – Western Pacific Region.
  • Memberships: 3 months Impact Hub Connect memberships and access to a community of young impact makers around the world, entrepreneurship programs, special events and exclusive invitations
  • Seed money: Each winning entry from the 3 categories will be provided seed money to improve and expand the implementation of their project or solutions. There is up to RM12,000 worth of seed capital to be shared among the 3 winners.


Each type of entry will be independently judged based on the following criteria:

  1. submits an INNOVATIVE approach to address a certain problem or challenge directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. proposes a FEASIBLE idea that could be assessed and improved
  3. demonstrates an EQUITABLE idea which promotes gender and health equity. 
  4. an INCLUSIVE idea whereby the solution includes special considerations for the most vulnerable groups.
  5. exhibits EFFECTIVE intervention to stimulate health promoting actions by a target population
  6. has the potential to INFORM AND CONTRIBUTE to regional and/or national health and social development policy
  1. provides an INNOVATIVE message;
  2. proposes a CREATIVE engagement strategy to raise awareness on potential problems or issues during COVID-19 or post-COVID-19.
  3.  sparks conversations and INSPIRES action
  1. provides a CLEAR description to reimagine the future of health and our collective future post COVID-19
  2. submits an INNOVATIVE idea about the future of health (e.g. workplace, family, health, social interaction) in a compelling way
  3. demonstrates the use RESEARCH insights and DATA analysis to incorporate into futures thinking and strategic planning.



The Steering Committee provides strategic advice on the overall implementation of the Malaysia Youth open call and will support to judge, evaluate and select finalists. The members bring with them extensive knowledge, commitment and experience in the areas of Social Innovation, Youth Empowerment and Community Impact in Malaysia and across the region


Supported by the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office


Are you feeling lost? Don’t worry we are here to help you!

You will find the answers to the most common questions or topics in this document, as well as links to relevant resources. We are also available to answer any direct questions you may have. Just drop us an email at [email protected] and our team will get back to you.

What is an Open Call?

Open calls provide a structured mechanism to solicit diverse feedback over a period of time. Open calls have been widely used by governments, private foundations, and others to spur innovation. More details about open contests for health are available here.

How is this different from all of the other youth open calls?

The solutions that we identify will be compiled into a regional report and shared with national, regional, and global health experts. In addition, exceptional ideas will be recognized with prizes and linked to potential mentors and capacity building opportunities.

What is Social Innovation in Health?

The World Health Organization defines Social Innovation in Health as “A solution (process, product, practice, market mechanism) implemented through diverse organizational models. The solution has been developed by a range of actors in response to a systemic health challenge within a geographic context. It profoundly challenges the current system status quo and has enabled healthcare to be more inclusive, effective and affordable.”

What is futures thinking?

Futures thinking is a process where an individual thinks and anticipates a possible future. It allows an individual to address and shape the desired future in all aspects of social life by looking and reflecting at the changes that occur and may occur around him or her. The individual foresees that these changes affect the future and that he or she has the ability to influence these changes and hence create the future (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2020; United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2020).

Who is supporting this open call?

This open call is organized by Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur and is implemented in partnership with Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH), Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) and is supported by the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office and WHO Representative Office to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.

Can I contribute multiple submissions?

Yes. You may also submit for different categories at the application process. However, in the interest of fairness to all other participants only 1 of your ideas may be selected to qualify for the Designathon and mentoring.

Do I need to be in a specific place to participate?

No. We accept submissions from anywhere in Malaysia that have been impacted by COVID-19 as long as you are Malaysian between 18 to 30 years old.

Can I submit something without providing my name?

Yes. This is acceptable, although we may need to contact you to follow up, with the assurance that your anonymity would be guaranteed.

Can I submit as an individual or with a group?

You can submit either as an individual or as a group of up to four (4). For group submissions, all of the group members must be 18-30 years old. Entries must be initiated by youth members.

What will happen to my application if i am unable to attend the Designathon and mentoring?

Selected finalists who do not participate in the Designathon and/or mentoring will be disqualified from the open call. All selected finalists will be expected to commit to the Designathon and mentoring support.

Do i need to have an incorporated business before i enter the open call?

Since the open call is for early stage ideas, concepts and proposals, participants do not need to have an incorporated business in order to enter the open call.

How will i know if my team has been selected as one of the finalists?

Selected participants will be notified by email by 24 May – 2 June 2021. Announcements will also be made on our social media pages



Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur is part of the world’s largest impact entrepreneur network focused on building entrepreneurial communities for impact at scale. Impact Hub KL is an advocate for placing wellbeing at the centre of policy and development efforts. We recognize the complex challenges communities face and the need to reinvent how we think about economic growth and social progress. 

This call is implemented in partnership with Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH), Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) and is supported by the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office and WHO Representative Office to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.


Contact our open call coordinators:

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