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The Access Innovation Prize is a new initiative that will award 5 lots of US$20,000 to individuals, organizations or networks that have the best actionable ideas of how to use information technology to promote and enable human rights or deliver a social good outcome. $100,000 will be granted in 2012.
We are looking for communication technology initiatives from across the world, in all languages and addressing the issues that are important to you and your community. The Access Innovation Prize is designed to discover and reward ideas that demonstrate unique promise, opportunity and possibility. You can submit a near to complete project, improve an existing tool or create something totally new.
Here are the five categories
US$20,000 will go to the best actionable idea to help build an open-sourced, blackout resilient technology for use by activists and human rights workers in conditions where there is a need for alternate communications infrastructure to the one put in place and/or controlled by the authorities. For example, where there has been a communication network shutdown.
Making Crypto Easy
US$20,000 will go to the best actionable idea to properly integrate encryption into an existing product/system, educate users as to how to use encryption and/or build a community who use encryption by default.
A US$20,000 bounty will be granted for the best patch for a disclosed or as yet undisclosed vulnerability in a program/platform or software used by human rights defenders and activists.
This is an unthemed category. US$20,000 will go to the best actionable idea of how communication technologies can be used to promote and enable human rights. This could include a funding a researcher for $20,000; the development of a training guide for activists; a new censorship circumvention program; or an initiative to detect surveillance equipment on the network.
Access Facebook Award
US$20,000 will go to the best actionable idea of how to use the Facebook platform to deliver a human rights, human development or social good outcome. We're looking for initiatives across the spectrum - from enhancing freedom of speech and expression to improving the economic well-being of a disadvantaged group.
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August 15 - Application process closes
September 15 - Finalists announced
October - Winner announced.
The winners will be awarded $20,000 each and acknowledged publicly by as Access Innovation Prize 2012winners. There will also be opportunities for ongoing collaboration and integration with Access.
The Application Process
Applications are relatively simple.
Applicants are asked to complete the following 6 questions:
- What is your idea and why is it needed: Who will make use of it?
- What is the technology? We're interested in code, bits and platforms.
- How are you making it happen: Who are you working with?
- How will you keep it going: How will you evaluate it and keep the project going?
- What are the risks: Have you done your due diligence?
- What is your track record: What you have done before and how advanced is the idea?
Completed applications should be 2 to 4 pages.
Individuals, organizations and networks can apply.
Any intellectual property of the winner will remain his or her property.
We are looking for an idea that has real impact for people on the ground! That is, the winning project will be chosen because it has already generated tangible positive outcomes or evidence that it has the potential to do so.
Coming up with great ideas is important, but making sure ideas can actually change the world is what really counts. The judges are looking for a concept that is, or can be, a reality. One way to demonstrate a likelihood of future impact is to show evidence of past success on this project or another.
We're looking for cool stuff that is new, innovative and interesting. Don't be afraid to experiment, innovate and explore new ideas. We are looking for ideas that show promise, and can be scaled, replicated or applied to new locations.
How are you sustaining this project? And how will you determine the real world benefit of the concept? How many people benefit? Are they the ones in need? The idea should have an evaluation mechanism built in, or at least should anticipate how the results will be measured. And you should be thinking about the long term sustainability of the project.
Applications or questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15.
Sponsor a Prize
Contact us @ email@example.com to inquire about sponsoring a prize category and learn more about how you can help play an integral role in supporting innovation designed to protect human rights.