Monthly Archives: May 2013

Call for applications:2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise

rolex 2Rolex is accepting applications for the 2014 Awards for Enterprise, which are dedicated to young candidates aged between 18 and 30.

The Rolex Awards support pioneering work in five areas: applied technology, cultural heritage, environment, exploration and discovery, and science and health. However, projects may be submitted in almost any area of activity, provided they have the potential to bring benefits for mankind. Projects are assessed based on the feasibility, originality, potential for sustained impact, and, above all, on the candidate’s own spirit of enterprise.

Applications close on 31 May 2013.

Apply now: Click here to apply!

Call for Applications: AVAC 2014 Advocacy Fellowship applications

AVACAVAC is pleased to announce the call for 2014 Advocacy Fellowship applications for the fifth year of the Fellows Program.

This update provides information on the Advocacy Fellowship program, the application process, a short informational video, the latest edition of the Fellows newsletter Spotlight and details on an upcoming informational call to be held on Monday, 1 July 2013.

The submission deadline for the Advocacy Fellowship applications is Monday, 5 August 2013.

Download application materials at http://www.avac.org/2014fellowsapps.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The goal of AVAC’s Advocacy Fellowship is to expand the capacity of advocates and organizations to monitor, support and help shape biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation of proven interventions worldwide. The Advocacy Fellowship is guided by AVAC’s conviction that effective and sustainable advocacy grows out of work that reflects organizational and individual interests, priorities and partnerships.

The Advocacy Fellowship provides support to emerging and mid-career advocates to design and implement advocacy projects focused on biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation activities in their countries and communities. These projects are designed to addresses locally identified gaps and priorities. Fellows receive training, full-time financial support and technical assistance to plan and implement a targeted one-year project within host organizations working in HIV/AIDS and/or advocacy. Host organizations are critical partners in the Fellowship and hosting Fellowship projects can be an opportunity for an organization to further develop its own work in this field.

The Fellowship program focuses on low- and middle-income countries where clinical research on AIDS vaccines, microbicides and PrEP is planned or ongoing and/or where there are plans for or current work on implementation of voluntary medical male circumcision, PrEP, treatment as prevention, “combination prevention” packages that combine biomedical strategies for population impact, and where the links between reproductive health and HIV risk for women are being studied.

HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellows are:

*  Emerging or mid-career community leaders and advocates involved or interested in advocacy around biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation.
*  Individuals with some experience or education in the areas of HIV and AIDS, public health, medicine, international development, women’s rights, communications, and/or advocacy with key populations, such as sex workers, gay men, other men who have sex with men and transgender women and people who inject drugs.
*  Based in low- and middle-income countries where biomedical HIV prevention clinical research is planned and/or where implementation of “combination prevention” is planned, ongoing or emerging.
*  Able to collaborate with English-speaking mentors.

Please visit http://www.avac.org/pxrd to identify countries where research and implementation is ongoing or planned and to learn more about the research.

LEARN MORE
Prospective applicants or host organizations who want to learn more about this program or have questions about the application process are encouraged to:

*  Watch a three-minute video featuring past and present Fellows, host supervisors and AVAC staff reflecting on the program.
*  Download the 2014 Advocacy Fellowship Information Packet and application materials at http://www.avac.org/2014fellowsapps.
*  Visit AVAC’s Fellows page for more information on current and alumni Fellows.
*  Read the new edition of Spotlight, which highlights the work of our 2012 and 2013 Fellows.
*  Join an informational conference call on Monday, 1 July.

Informational Call: MONDAY, 1 JULY 2013
8am Lima / 9am New York / 10am Rio / 3pm Johannesburg / 4pm Nairobi / 6:30pm Mumbai / 8pm Bangkok (Visit http://www.timeanddate.com to confirm the time in your time zone.) Join AVAC for an informational call to learn more about the program and ask questions directly to those who lead the program and/or have been a part of it.

Register for the call here. [The call will be recorded and loaded to the Fellows page.]

If you have any questions about the Fellowship program or the application process, please email fellows@avac.org

Applications are due by MONDAY, 5 AUGUST 2013.

Please share this information with your partners, and we look forward to receiving your application!

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Call for Nominations: Commonwealth Youth Development Awards

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The Commonwealth Youth Development Awards, which encourage and sustain investment in youth-led development, are open for 2013 nominations. Awards highlight the contribution of young people make to achieving the development goals.

Youth workers are encouraged to nominate young people, who are driving innovative projects in any number of areas, including agriculture, small enterprise, skills training, climate change/environment protection, sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction.

The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), promotes the awards as an attempt to raise the profile and highlight the contribution of young people who are integrally involved in the process of change and are working side by side with decision makers for a more secure future. The awards also give international, regional and national recognition to the young men and women who are selected.

CYP works with 54 Commonwealth member countries through four regional centres based in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. There will be four finalists per Commonwealth region with the top entry from each region receiving a regional winner award and the top regional winner receiving the pan-Commonwealth award.

Winners are awarded grants to advance the work of their projects and they also liaise closely with the CYP on the best way to use the funding. Nominees for the awards should be aged between 15 and 29 years. Applications close on 30 June 2013.

Evans Wadongo won both the pan-Commonwealth and Africa region 2012 Commonwealth Youth Awards. He received a £5,000 grant for the charity he founded, ‘Use solar, save lives’. Regional winners for Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific each won a £3,000 grant.

At 19, Mr Wadongo designed a solar-powered lantern using recycled materials. Over 27,000 of these lanterns have been produced and distributed across Kenya, providing a safer, cheaper and environmentally-friendly lighting alternative to kerosene lamps. His programme has expanded to include building regional youth centres, which provide skills training for young people.

For more information on the 2013 awards:

2013 Commonwealth Youth Awards Nomination Form 

2013 Commonwealth Youth Awards Brochure

Or contact:

The Coordinator
Commonwealth Youth Awards
Email: o.said@commonwealth.int

Read more about the 2012 Commonwealth Youth Award winners.

Call for Applications:Commonwealth Professional Fellowships

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Commonwealth Professional Fellowships support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend a period of time with a UK host organisation working in their field for a programme of professional development. Fellowships are typically three months but can be between one and six months in length, and can include limited time for attendance at short courses or conferences, as well as visits to other organisations.

Programmes must have demonstrable development impact in the Fellow’s home country and the Fellow must be able to show how the knowledge and skills they will gain during the Fellowship will be disseminated after their return home.

Organisations in any sector in the UK can apply to host a Professional Fellowship. A broad selection have done so over the 10 years since the scheme was established. Organisations previously selected to host Professional Fellows

Prospective host organisations might find it helpful to read about previously successful programmes:

Key features of Professional Fellowships

  • Applications must come from an organisation in the UK willing to set up a programme and host the Fellow(s), or have the agreement of a separate organisation in the UK to act as the host (if the latter is the case, a letter will need to be supplied at the time of application to confirm the agreement).
  • Organisations wishing to nominate a Fellow or Fellows will need to set up a suitable programme and identify the Fellow(s) themselves. A programme can include time spent within their own organisation, learning from colleagues in a structured manner and undertaking project work which meets their learning objectives, as well as time spent at other organisations within the UK and at conferences and a limited time on short courses.
  • Funding can be given for programmes of between one and six months (though typically for three months). Justification is required for awards of more than three months.
  • Applications are sought for programmes within the broadly defined fields of agriculture/fisheries/forestry, economic growth, education, engineering/science/technology, environment, governance, and public health.
  • Organisations can apply to host up to six Fellows in one year.
  • Fellows must be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons and must be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
  • Fellows must normally have at least five years’ relevant work experience in the field within which they wish to undertake the Fellowship.
  • A Commonwealth Professional Fellowship covers the living expenses for the Fellow as well as a return airfare to the UK. It also provides £800 funding support to the host organisation, with a budget of up to £3,000 available for attendance at conferences, on short courses, and other eligible costs.
  • Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are not for academic study or research of any sort. However, academics can be nominated for programmes of professional development in academic management.

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2013 prospectus – includes full details of the scheme and terms and conditions

2013 (Round 2) Professional Fellowships – information for prospective nominators/hosts

2013 (Round 2) Professional Fellowships – information for candidates

Apply: UoPeople Tuition-Free Online Associate & Bachelor’s Degrees with Scholarships

downloadUniversity of the People is still accepting applications for its tuition-free courses as well as scholarships to cover examination costs. The UoPeople is a leading provider of tuition free education with students from more than 135 countries all over the world who are receiving quality tuition-free education.

University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s only tuition-free, non-profit, online, degree-granting academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. Based on the principles of e-learning and peer-to-peer learning, coupled with open-source technology and Open Educational Resources, UoPeople is designed to provide access to undergraduate degree programs for qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints.

Degree-Granting Approval:

UoPeople is approved to operate by the State of California and is approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to award degrees.

Programs Offered:

University of the People offers the following four degree programs: Associate (2 years) and Bachelor (4 years) degrees in Computer Science, and Associate and Bachelor degrees in Business Administration.

Location:

With a convenient virtual web address, the University of the People is accessible anywhere a computer and Internet connection exists.

As an online university, all classrooms, correspondences, books and materials are found entirely online with University of the People. So long as you have access to an internet connection, meet the admission requirements, and are admitted, you may study at UoPeople conveniently from within your home country.

Eligibility to Apply:

University of the People is open to students in need of higher education. In order to apply to University of the People, notarized/official proof of high school completion, 18 years of age or older and English proficiency (as all studies are in English) are the only requirements.

Admissions Process:

The admissions application process consists of two parts.

  • Part 1 takes place online and requires an applicant to fill out personal information and respond to essay questions.
  • Part 2 takes place offline, and consists of sending all of the required documents to UoPeople’s Office of Admissions by post.
  • Once UoPeople receives the complete application, it will be processed for the next available term. There are five terms a year with UoPeople that you may apply to.

English Language Requirements (TOEFL or IELTS)

University of the People was created to open the gates to all qualified individuals around the world.

If you are unable to send an IELTS or TOEFL certificate, UoPeople will still consider your application. If you are accepted at UoPeople, you will become an Accelerated English student, which means you will automatically be registered for the course ENGL 0101 English Composition 1. You will then be required to pass the course with a grade of C or above in order to continue on to your desired undergraduate program.

Cost to Attend:

University of the People is a tuition-free university. UoPeople students will never be charged for their educational instruction, course materials or annual enrollment. UoPeople has succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education. In order to remain sustainable, UoPeople asks students to cover an application processing fee ($10-$50), as well as the cost of processing exams at $100 per end-of course exam. There are no other fees. If you are unable to pay all or part of this amount and you are accepted at UoPeople, you may apply for a scholarship.

Scholarship: There are various scholarships available to cover the above costs in case you cannot afford it. For information on all scholarships offered at UoPeople, please visit:http://www.uopeople.org/groups/scholarships

Deadlines: The university operates five (5) terms per academic calendar. The deadlines to apply for the University of the People 2013/2014 admission are listed below.

Term 1: July 18, 2013.

Term 2: October 3, 2013.

Term 3: December 12, 2013

Term 4: February 27, 2014

Term 5: May 8, 2014

You may see important dates, including the Admissions to the University cut-off day (when all documents need to have been received to be considered for a specific term) on the 2013-2014 Academic Calendar (click to see details) .

To start your application, go to the home page of the university website and click on the “Apply!” in the center of the homepage screen. Go to the website by clicking here.

 

Call for Applications: Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program

AfricaMBAFellowship_765x200Africa is at the forefront of significant global economic growth and opportunity. Stanford Graduate School of Business is excited to contribute to the region’s human and economic development by educating leaders committed to making an impact on the continent.

The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program pays for tuition and associated fees (approximately US$140,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. The Fellowship was created to reduce the financial barrier for African citizens to pursue an MBA at Stanford GSB. Up to eight fellowships will be awarded annually.

Within two years of graduation from Stanford GSB, Stanford Africa MBA Fellows are required to work in Africa for at least two years in a professional role that contributes to the continent’s development.

This pilot program was launched in 2013, and is expected to run for three to five years.

Application Process and Timeline

 

1) Apply to Stanford MBA Program in either Round 1 (2 October 2013) or Round 2 (8 January 2014).

2) Receive an offer of admission in Round 1 (11 December 2013) or Round 2 (26 March 2014).

3) Apply for need-based financial aid by the deadline date. After reviewing financial aid applications, Stanford GSB will notify you if you are selected as a Stanford Africa MBA Fellow.

4) Confirm enrollment in Stanford GSB and accept the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship.

5) Matriculate in, and successfully complete, the two-year Stanford MBA Program.

6) Within two years of graduation from the Stanford MBA  Program, return to Africa. Work in Africa—in business, government, or a non-profit organization—for at least two consecutive years.

Fellowship Eligibility and Requirements

Stanford Africa MBA Fellows will be selected based on the following criteria:

1. Admission to Stanford MBA Program

The initial qualification for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship is earning admission to the Stanford MBA Program.  We consider you for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship only after you have been admitted to the Stanford MBA Program..

 

To earn admission, you must display the same criteria as all Stanford MBA program applicants: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions.  To learn more about the requirements and qualities we seek in candidates, please read the MBA Program website.

2. Commitment to Developing Africa

You must be a citizen of an African country. Dual citizens are eligible for the fellowship as long as one citizenship belongs to an African nation. Permanent residents of Africa who are not citizens of an African country are not eligible at this time.

 

You must have completed, or be in the final year of completing, your university studies. If you studied at an undergraduate or graduate institution in Africa, we especially encourage you to consider applying for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program.  Citizens of countries in Africa who studied in countries outside of Africa  remain eligible for consideration.

 

Stanford Africa MBA Fellows must return to work in Africa, within two years of Stanford MBA graduation, to work for a period of at least two years. Stanford MBA students pursue a wide variety of careers as alumni: you will be prepared to succeed in organizations of every size and description. As a Stanford Africa MBA Fellow, we expect you to contribute the management and leadership skills you learned at Stanford to developing the African economy. As such, our expectation is that Stanford Africa MBA Fellows will be committed to African organizations with significant operations and impact in the region.

3. Financial Need

To determine your financial need, you must complete Stanford’s financial aid process after you are admitted. All Stanford MBA students, regardless of citizenship, are eligible for financial assistance based on your demonstrated financial need.  Stanford GSB provides need-based fellowship to MBA students without regard to citizenship.  For international citizens, Stanford GSB offers a loan program that does not require a US co-signer. *

The financial aid application process requires information about your assets and income.  You will need to provide copies of your tax returns and other documentation. Information about the application process is available on the Stanford GSB Financial Aid Office website.

Stanford Africa MBA Fellows receive financial support for the cost of Stanford MBA tuition and associated fees for the full duration of the two-year course of study.

If you are admitted to the Stanford MBA Program but are not selected as a Stanford Africa MBA Fellow, you remain eligible to receive financial aid based on the need you demonstrate in your financial aid application. Your award will typically include a combination of fellowships and loans.

*Please note that citizens of Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya  Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Zimbabwe may need to discuss their loan options with the Financial Aid office.

For more information: Stanford GSB in Africa

Addax Petroleum Scholarship advert for 100Level Undergraduates

addaxThe community development and education support department of the Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Limited is inviting qualified 100Level  Nigerian students for the 2013 scholarship examination/aptitude test.

To be eligible, interested students must:
1. Be a Nigerian
2. Be a 100L student in a university in Nigeria.
3. Have a minimum of 5 O’level credit passes, including English and Mathematics.

Those who should not apply:
1. Children of Addax staff/workers.
2. Students currently under any other scholarship scheme.

How to apply/submit application

To qualify for consideration, applicants must submit an application with the following information
(a) Surname
(b) Other names
(c) Sex
(d) Functional email address and phone number
2. And attach scanned copies of original:
(a) Admission Letter into institution with information of course of study, year of entry and duration
(b) SSCE/GCE O’level certificate
(c) Evidence of state of origin / local Government
(d) School ID card or National ID or Driver’s licence or international passport.
Application without all these credentials will be rejected.

Addax Scholarship Aptitude Test
An aptitude test for all applicants will be conducted at the following centres at a later date that shall be communiated to shortlisted applicants. Applicants should indicate their preferred centre for the test on their application
(i) Abuja
(ii) Lagos
(iii) Owerri
(iv) Port-Harourt
(v) Calabar

Submission of completed application
All application should be submitted with scanned copies of credentials through the following email address
CRL1@addaxpetroleum.com for applicants whose preferred test centre is Abuja.
CRL2@addaxpetroleum.com for applicants whose preferred test centre is Lagos
CRL3@addaxpetroleum.com for applicants whose preferred test centre is Owerri
CRL4@addaxpetroleum.com for applicants whose preferred test centre is Port-Harcourt/Calabar

All application closes on
Closes by Friday 17th May, 2013.

Call for Applications: Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP)

AgricThe Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) offers fellowships to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines as defined by Title XII. Borlaug LEAP was developed in conjunction with the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) but operates as a separate program.  The Borlaug LEAP is part of the US Government’s Feed the Future 21st Century Leadership Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

The Borlaug LEAP Fellowship supports engaging a mentor at a United States (US) University and at a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) system center to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience. Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show strong scientific and leadership potential, have a well coordinated proposal between their home university, a US university mentor, and the CGIAR mentor, and whose research is related to a strong research and support project within the host country. Emphasis is placed on work that has relevance to the national development of the student’s home country.

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFAs)

Applications are requested for sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US Government’s global hunger and food security initiative — FEED THE FUTURE.  The focus region is sub-Saharan Africa.  All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the research strategies of the Feed the Future Initiative are admissible. The administrative due date for applications is: JUNE 14, 2013.  Applications must be RECEIVED BY JUNE 14, 2013 to be considered for fellowships beginning September 15, 2013 through September 14,2014.

Download your 2013 LEAP Application form!

Call for applications: 2013 Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Programme for Africans

mo ibrahimThe Mo Ibrahim Foundation, in partnership with three of the world’s most influential multilateral organisations has launched the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships programme. Working with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) the Fellowships Programme will help to prepare the next generation of outstanding African leaders by providing them with unique mentoring opportunities.

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Programme is a selective Fellowship that prepares the next generation of outstanding African leaders by providing them with unique work opportunities at the most senior level of prominent African institutions or multilateral organizations, whose mandate is to improve the economic and social prospects of Africa. The Fellowship allows talented individuals to increase and enhance their professional capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries thereby creating a pipeline of future African leaders. The Fellow  will work with the Bank for this purpose, for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months, and the Foundation will finance the costs associated with the position on the following terms. 

Objectives

Established in 2006, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation aims to support good governance and great leadership in Africa.  The Foundation works to:

  • Stimulate debate on good governance;
  • Provide criteria by which citizens and governments can measure progress;
  • Recognise achievement in African leadership and provide a practical way in which leaders can build positive legacies on the continent when they have left office;
  • Support aspiring leaders for the African continent.

Duties and responsibilities

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellow will take leadership guidance from the President, the Chief Operating Officer and/or a designated Representative. Administratively, the Fellow will be assigned to the Bank’s Strategy Department (STRG). With this guidance, the Fellow will contribute to the design and implementation of strategic assignments that will increase and enhance their professional and leadership capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries. The Fellow will be also responsible to:

  • Advise on and develop strategic initiatives to advance the Bank’s mission and objectives;
  • Plan, develop, and implement strategies for generating resources;
  • Conceive, develop and promote innovations in Bank development policies;
  • Review activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revise objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions;.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • The Fellowship is for young professionals, mid-career, and new executives. He/She shall be national of an African country, residing anywhere in the world;
  • He/She should not be an active, non-active, retired, or separated staff member of the Bank;
  • He/She should not have close family relations with an active or non-active staff member, such as mother, father, sister and brother.
  • Government officials, active military personnel and political party leaders are not eligible;
  • Under the age of Forty (40) years or Forty-Five (45) years for women with children;
  • Hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Economics, Engineering, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Finance, Banking or any discipline relevant to the Bank’s business: such as outstanding academic credentials, relevant work experience, strong communication skills, demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with others ;
  • Have at least 8 years work experience relevant to the Bank’s activities;
  • Demonstrate proven leadership and consultative skills;
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution ;
  • Knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management;
  • Enhanced skills in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures;
  • Experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;
  • Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources;
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data;
  • Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government and to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
  • Ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects; 

Selection Process

  • Interested candidates shall send an application for becoming an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow along with their curriculum vitae providing details of education and relevant experience.
  • Candidates interested in the World Trade Organization announcement are requested to apply to AfDB.
  • Applicants will only be considered if they submit electronically fully completed application (Personal History Form (PHF) a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV)) indicating date of birth and nationality, their academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
  • The Bank’s Human Resources Department will carry out an initial vetting of applications to develop a short list of ten (10) applicant files to be sent to  the Foundation for further reduction to three (3) candidates presented to the President of the Bank (or his designate) for final selection. The applications will be examined by an  Evaluation Committee. Only applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are being considered for interview will be contacted.

Deadline: July 31, 2013

For more information, and to apply online, click here

 

Call for applications:ITU Telecom World 2013 Young Innovators Competition

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The Young Innovators Competition seeks to foster innovative ideas amongst the next generation of social entrepreneurs working to change the world through technology. It is open to any young person between the ages of 18 and 26 with an original solution to one of our six Global Challenges.

How to apply

It’s easy to apply. Just fill in the application form and send it to young.innovators@itu.int with “2013 Young Innovators Competition” in the subject line. Remember, your submission must address one of our six Global Challenges:

  • Improve employment opportunities for young people and migrant workers

    High rates of youth unemployment are becoming a social emergency. Many young people seek better opportunities abroad, but migrant works are often vulnerable to fraud, inadequate social protection, difficulties in transferring funds or finding work upon their return. How can ICTs be used to improve youth employment prospects and empower and protect young migrant workers?

    This challenge is organized in collaboration with the International Labour Organization and International Organization for Migration.

  • Reduce food and water wastage at individual and retail level

    Almost a third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted in current systems of food production and consumption. This is often due to retailers or individuals discarding food that is fit for consumption, despite expiration date management or improved production processes. How can we use ICTs to reduce the amount of food wasted?

    This challenge is organized in partnership with FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and YPARD – Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development.

  • Facilitate access to public services for the elderly

    Senior people utilize online services less frequently than other groups of population. Addressing elderly people’s concerns about using these services, as well as improving the efficiency and decreasing cost of provision of these would allow greater political participation and enhance governments’ transparency and accountability. How can connected technology enhance the access to and the delivery of public services for the elderly?

    This challenge is organized in collaboration with G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies.

  • Improve natural disaster prediction and response

    Predicting natural disasters before they strike is vital to ensure correct preparations and an adequate response. First responders, those arriving first at the scene of disaster, often rely on outdated and inefficient radio equipment to communicate. How can we use connected technologies to improve current prediction systems and create user-friendly communication systems for first responders?

  • Improve road safety for both drivers and pedestrians

    Around 1.3 million people die each year on the world’s roads and millions sustain non-fatal injuries, particularly young people. Technology has focused on innovation within the automotive sector – it now needs to drive the road safety debate. How can we use technology to make the roads safer for both drivers and pedestrians?

  • Protect sensitive personal data and inspire the creation of local digital content

    We have created vast amounts of digital content, including cultural, educational, scientific and administrative resources, as well as technical, legal, and medical information. It is all vulnerable to loss or misuse, and must be preserved and protected. Creating digital content drives the economy, but digital devices unequipped for local content (especially in non-Latin scripts) are holding back local development and infrastructure. How can we use technology to safeguard existing personal data and other forms of digital content without compromising on its availability? How can ICTs inspire the creation of local digital content and bridge the content divide between cultures?

Download the Application_form

Benefits

The ten finalists selected by a committee of experts will win:

  • Up to USD 10,000 in seed money to implement and bring to scale winning start-ups; up to 5,000 USD for winning concepts
  • An invitation to attend ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok
  • Mentoring from high-level industry representatives both in Bangkok and for the following year
  • Hands-on workshop training in entrepreneurial skills
  • Opportunities to meet and network with leading ICT players
  • Showcasing platform at our dedicated pavilion on the showfloor

Deadline for applications: June 30th, 2013 at 24:00 GMT+2