• What types of Awards are conducted under M-Technology, M-Governance and Young ICT Innovators Challenges?

    Types of Challenges and Solutions

    A challenge under the M-Technology or Young ICT Innovator category may be defined as one of the three types: Ideation Award, Detailed Solution Award and Practice Award. The M-Governance category will only include the Practice Award. These types are discussed below.

    Ideation Award

    An M-Technology or Young ICT Innovators challenge may seek only basic ideas for the best solution to the problem or objective. Such a challenge will be referred to as an Ideation Award within such category. For the M-Technology category, an Ideation Award shall be a one-time award with a value of USD 2,000. As a condition of the award, the winner shall be required to give up to the GOIRA all IP rights to the idea that is selected for an award under this category. IP rights will be passed onto MCIT through a signed Certificate by the Award Winner.

    Detailed Solution

    The detailed solution award under this category would involve provision of detailed solution to the challenge posted including software source code if applicable. Depending on the nature of the challenge and the role that a sponsor/supporting agency intends to play, the winning solution provider may be required to give up its IP rights to the solution and the software as a condition of the award. The status of IP rights under this type of award will be stated clearly in the announcement of any challenge for a detailed solution.
    A Detailed Solution Award shall be a one-time award paid to the solution provider once the solution and all attendant software have been delivered and tested. For the M-Technology category, the value of the award is USD 5,000.

    Practice Award

    The practice award would be given to a solution provider who provides a detailed, extensive and elaborate solution but needs to develop and implement the solution provided in a series of steps over an agreed time period. The DEWAE staff and the Challenger will work with the solution provider in developing a detailed implementation plan and the budget for the solution proposed. Grant Award would be disbursed as agreed milestones are met by the solution provider in developing and implementing the solution. For the M-Technology and M-Governance categories, the value of awards under this category is US$80,000, recognizing the level of effort and the need to ensure implementation.

  • I would like some advice on how to apply for a challenge.

    We have links to journals, reports and articles that provide a lot of useful information on challenge Awards on this website. If after looking through these you would like to discuss receiving some more specific advice please email us at dewae@aims.org.af or dewae@mcit.gov.af.

  • I have experience in running challenges and would like to share this with you.

    We welcome any information that you want to share about your experiences with the DEWAE. Please email us at dewae@aims.org.af or dewae@mcit.gov.af explaining what you would like to share and discuss and we will get in contact with you.

  • How can I get involved with the DEWAE?

    If you have queries about running, promoting or collaborating on a challenge, event or research project, please send us an email with your request at dewae@aims.org.af or dewae@mcit.gov.af

  • How can I participate in a challenge?

    The best way to hear about challenges announced will be by signing up for the DEWAE newsletter via our website home page (www.dewae.mcit.gov.af). As each challenge is opened we will publish detailed information about how to participate.

  • Who is eligible to enter a challenge run by the DEWAE?

    Each challenge will have its own entry criteria that will state who is eligible to enter the challenge Awards. The intention will always be to secure the widest possible participation in Awards competitions. 

    Component 1: M-Technology Awards

    This category of awards focuses on rewarding the development of innovative mobile technology-based applications. Development of applications will respond to challenges defined by government agencies, recognized civil society organizations or private organizations.


    All business firms, technology companies, nongovernmental organizations, legally combined groups and individuals, whether located inside or outside Afghanistan, shall be eligible to respond to the challenges announced. As described below, any group, organization and individual linked to a party playing any role in defining a challenge may not compete in such challenge.

    Component 2: M-Governance Awards

    These challenges are intended to promote and reward the adoption by Afghans and impact of the use of mobile technologies for public service delivery and governance. In contrast to the M-Technology challenges, the challenges for M-Governance Awards focus not only on development of the application by the public sector, but also the broader adoption and impact of technologies across Afghanistan.  M-Governance challenges will be posted on the website of the DEWAE (and AIMS) and advertised in the traditional media, seeking responses from innovators anywhere inside or outside Afghanistan.
    This category of awards may cover development of an  application, solutions aimed at facilitating use of existing m-applications in government, solutions that may help in the delivery of public services to citizens using mobile technologies or mobile technology based solutions that would help in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the government departments and agencies in their day-to-day operations.


    All business firms, technology companies, nongovernmental organizations, legally combined groups and individuals, whether located inside or outside Afghanistan, shall be eligible to respond to the challenges announced. As described below, any group, organization and individual linked to a party playing any role in defining a challenge may not compete in such challenge.

    Component 3: Student Awards

    Two types of student awards are foreseen:

    1. Young ICT Innovator Awards: For winning responses to pre-defined challenges;
    2. Technologist Prizes: To recognize students who develop innovations independently.


    All students and researchers, competing as individuals or in teams, at universities and institutes of higher learning in Afghanistan are eligible. Minimum age of participants should be 18 years.

    Technologist Awards

    DEWAE will design and conduct a program for students and student groups to compete for a prize for the best ICT project, application, mobile technology solution or ICT product or service that may have been designed and/or developed by a student or a student team. Technologist Prizes will not be awarded based on any specific challenges. Instead, students will compete based on their efforts (apps, solutions or other ICT products/projects) done on their own or for other purposes.


    All students and researchers, as individuals or in teams, in the universities and institutes of higher learning in Afghanistan are eligible. Minimum age of participants should be 18 years.

    Component 4: IT Champion Awards

    The IT Champions Award is a prize to be given to an officer of the Government of Afghanistan, an Afghan national (Resident or Non-resident), or an Afghan-owned Organization to recognize their outstanding contributions to the development of the ICT sector as it may relate to governance, market development or public service.

    Nominations for this Award will be secured from all Government of Afghanistan Ministries, Presidents Office, all the departments working directly under the President’s office and all Provincial Governors offices, industry associations and civil society bodies. The DEWAE will send official request for nomination to these groups and announce this prize on its website.

    Submissions Required

    A nominating entity or person will be required to provide all the details of the nominated individual including his/ her name, designation and his detailed resume. In addition, the submission must give a detailed account of the nominee’s work and accomplishments, the projects that he/she has successfully completed and the work that the officer is currently engaged in. To facilitate the submission, a nomination form shall be designed by the AIMS and sent along with its request for nomination. Only individuals or Afghan-registered organizations—unassociated with any aspect of the AIMS—will be eligible for this award.

    Criteria for selection

    The individual who has done the most exceptional and outstanding work in the use of technology for governance and development is sought to be selected. Therefore, the criteria would include his/her accomplishments in terms of their impact on the ICT sector, public service, social and economic development of communities, poverty reduction, and strength of reputation. Personal attributes of the candidates would also be taken into account such as perseverance, enterprise, personal integrity, leadership and ability to bring about change. The selection committee may short list some candidates for personal interview if it so wishes and seek additional information or clarifications if required.

    The AIMS must provide the selection committee in all cases with an objective scoring sheet indicating precise categories, scoring guidelines, and any weighting factors. The scoring sheet should be defined in consultation with the SEB.  The minutes of the selection committee meetings to discuss the selection must also be recorded and endorsed by all committee members. While the scoring sheets and minutes will not be publicly disclosed, they should be made available confidentially for future review and audits.

  • How DEWAE decides what challenges it is going to run?

    DEWAE program finds out the issues and challenges that various government organizations face which could be resolved through the use of mobile applications. Once such challenges are identified, the priorities are assigned based on the legitimacy and importance to the organization. After that, it goes for review to various specialized groups established under DEWAE program and finally to the executive board for approval. Once approved then it goes for the announcement over the DEWAE website.

  • What Challenges and Awards is the DEWAE program currently having?

    The DEWAE program will initially target four types of challenges and award programs:

    • M-Technology Awards: To reward and support the development of mobile applications to address challenges in services delivery, program management, and performance management;
    • M-Governance Awards: To reward and support specific impact through the use of m-applications for services delivery, program management, and performance management;
    • Student Awards: To encourage innovative and socially-geared thinking and action among students in the field of technology and m-applications;
    • IT Champion Awards: To recognize the contributions of individuals and Organizations those have played a role in promoting ICT innovations in Afghanistan.

  • Who is funding the DEWAE?

    The World Bank is funding the DEWAE program under the Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project (referred to as “ICTDP”) of the Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT), Afghanistan.

  • Does the DEWAE have a board/committee?

    The DEWAE program has four committees (Strategic Executive Board, Expert Group, Challenge Evaluation Committee and Panel of Judges).

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