OICT and Partners Launch Initiative to Facilitate e-Learning

The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) is pleased to announce that, in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Informatics of the European Commission (DG DIGIT) and Moodle, it is launching a series of innovation challenges in the framework of the “Open Source Software for Sustainable Development Goals (OSS4SDG)” initiative.

Registration is open for the first OSS4SDG challenge, which is related to Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education.

The competition will take place 16-29 May.


Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 600 million learners worldwide have been forced to study from home. Many of them in developing countries had to abandon their studies due to a lack of appropriate digital learning infrastructure.

Open source technologies, including Learning Management Systems (LMS), play a key role in facilitating e-learning, providing educational material, and enabling students and teachers to interact and share course-related information and resources.

The open source LMS “Moodle”, with over 300 million users, is a leader in expanding digital learning possibilities. Challenges, however, remain regarding plugins for the mobile app and integration with existing video conferencing solutions.

To improve the app and reach more learners, the objective of the first innovation challenge of the initiative is to extend existing Moodle plugins for:

  1. Mobile app – to allow users to access all Moodle functionalities via mobile devices.
  2. Video conferencing – to allow users to easily access and switch to virtual classes.

Through the competition, participants will work with Moodle mentors to establish concrete open source software solutions that can then be re-used through open source licensing terms and conditions.

For more information and to register for the challenge, visit the OSS4SDG page on Unite Ideas at: https://ideas.unite.un.org/moodleapp/Page/Overview

If you plan to attend the opening session on 16 May, at 14:00 (CET), kindly RSVP at: https://bit.ly/3k9ooyT 


We rely on open source software every day. It is the main source that powers the cloud and provides tools for big data and for information and knowledge management. It is in supercomputers, blockchain, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.