M-Tech/Gov Practice Category

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.

Eligibility

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.

Definition of M-Governance Award Challenges

Challenges may be proposed by a government agency, non-government organization or private sector firm and also Afghan citizens as individuals, with the assistance of the DEWAE staff and Expert Committee of the DEWAE. 

As with the M-Technology Awards, the sustainability of the winners’ M-Governance applications is a high priority. Therefore, it will be important to ensure support or sponsorship for a challenge by the relevant Government agencies (and perhaps other key stakeholders), which might include a commitment to adopt, use, own or maintain the winning application or solution depending on the nature of the specific challenge and what is needed to best ensure sustainability of the winning solution. For challenges proposed by non-government entities, it is expected that the AIMS, with assistance from the SEB and Expert Group, will secure such agency support before the proposed challenge is selected.

Practice (Implementation) Category

The Practice/Solution 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 solution provided must be innovative and unique, whereas documentation along with prototype, photos, videos etc. should be sent to ISP. The ISP 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/Governance categories, the value of awards under this category is upto US$80,000 per Award, recognizing the level of effort and the need to ensure implementation.

Value of the Award

The value of the award will vary depending on the nature and scale of the adoption desired. M-Governance Awards will all be based on specific implementations of the response to the challenge, i.e. they will all be Practice Awards only. Details are provided below. The M-Governance award will have at least 10 rounds in the first phase of two years of the DEWAE operation, with the DEWAE aiming to have 10 rounds in the second phase of two years as well.

Open Announcement

MCIT under the DEWAE program will give monetary awards to Afghan individuals, students and local ICT companies for their innovative Solutions and Practices under the categories of M-Technology/Governance Award Practice (Implementation). Awards ranging up to USD 80,000 will be distributed to winners with best Practical Solution.

Details of the competition is as follows:

  1. The submission period will run from 13th of September, 2015 Kabul Local Time until mid-night, 30th of October, 2015 Kabul Local Time.
  2. The evaluation process will start from 1sth of November, 2015 to 6th of November, 2015.
  3. The winners of the Challenge will be announced on 7th of November, 2015. DEWAE will notify the winners during 8th - 11th of November, 2015, via email and mobile number provided during submission.
  4. DEWAE Innovation Support Program official awarding ceremony will be on 10th of November, official awarding ceremony to winners will be conducted by MCIT and AIMS.
  5. Please note that all timelines given are based on estimated time taken, it may be altered depending on the circumstances, otherwise will remain same.

 Challenges Document | Rules for Award Competition

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List of Challenges for M-Tech/Gov Practice (Implementation) Category

Following is the list of challenges to which we need your practical solutions that can be implemented.Following is the list of challenges to which we need your practical solutions that can be implemented.

Practice (Implementation) Category

            1. Improve Communication of MRRD with Rural Communities and District Development Councils.

DESCRIPTION: MRRD communicates with Rural communities and District Development Councils on different timely basis to acquire information about the projects that have been initiated in different parts of the country. This form of communication includes attainment of information that is considered as essential for the successful management of mission-critical projects based on the applicable standards. 

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

          2. Improve Hajj Registration System.

DESCRIPTION: Hajj pilgrimage has remained one of the important ritual of Islamic faith to be performed by Muslims around the world, but hajj registration system in the country is still paper based and information of candidates are manually filed, which has led to encounter with many sorts of errors in data collection. The current registration system is slow, inefficient and mismanaged, which is why ordinary citizens are conned by the officials at the relevant authority and asked to pay bribe to include their names in the approved list that has brought gap between citizens and government.

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

           3. Mobile Based English - Pashto - Dari Dictionary

DESCRIPTION: Strong vocabulary knowledge may improve the effective communication in bilingual working environment. There is need for development of such mobile based application where academics and public can use it to reduce the multilingual communication barriers among different communities. Apart from official languages i.e. Dari and Pashto, English is also commonly used in working environment; in order to improve the effective communication, there is need for development of dictionary which covers all three languages, which may include vocabulary meanings, synonyms, thesaurus etc.

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

           4. Crowd Engine for Translation of Documents into Official Languages.

DESCRIPTION: Most of the documents produced in the government are in English and as per the laws of the country all of them should be in Pashto/Dari so a crowed transition engine will help all government agencies to translate their documents in to local languages.

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

           5. Facilitate the provision of required information about agriculture to farmer.

DESCRIPTION: Lack of planting and harvesting knowledge, Not able to protect from diseases, Product quality is not consistent and Not having information about market prices and environmental issues are the key constraints which are barriers for agriculture development in Afghanistan.

With the help of m-technology what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

           6. Improve provision of public health and public health facilities information and awareness to public..

DESCRIPTION: Ministry of Public health of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan requires providing Awareness and Education program on public health, Disease News, Disease General Knowledge, Safety Guidance, First Aid Treatment and Nearest Clinic Guidance to public.

With the help of M-technology, what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?.

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

7. Improve the reporting and form submission of MoE assets

DESCRIPTION: MoE have several assets (schools, training institutes, Islamic Educational schools, TVET schools and literacy schools etc…), we do have statistical data for them at school level, but due to security reasons and lack of facilities, MoE is facing problems in receiving school forms, up to date information, Data in time.

With the help of m technology, what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

8. Government directory for citizens in official languages

DESCRIPTION: Government is eager to facilitate citizen to give them access to all important information about agencies that are directly involved in dealing with the queries of the citizen e.g. driving license department and passport office etc. whereas citizen will be able to access information from its device remotely in language of their choice i.e. Pashto, Dari or English.

With the help of m technology, what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

9. Improve Quality Assurance and Accreditation to process and rank universities

DESCRIPTION: Ministry of Higher Education has a department of Quality Assurance and Accreditation to process and rank universities according to their academic performance quality. Currently all quality assurance works of universities and faculties area performed manually and through physical verification by visiting each university and faculty which is time consuming and complicated and also requires too much effort.

With the help of m technology, what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

10. Development of ICT Sector Information directory

DESCRIPTION: With the technological benefits felt by masses in the country, businesses and individuals are in search for organizations in ICT sector, which provide services that may prove valuable for business operations, which is why they may need contact details of ICT organization for their concern. 

With the help of m technology, what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

11. Tracking the parcels of Afghan Post

DESCRIPTION: Afghan Post delivers all kind of post and parcels within the country, but citizen using the service are not able to track the parcel at any given time from their devices, which is why Afghan Post has to answer each query made by citizens from all around the country.

With the help of m technology, what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

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12. Improve youth employment prospects, empowerment and protection?

DESCRIPTION: High rates of youth unemployment are becoming a social emergency. Many young people turn to insurgency and criminal activities, Inadequate social protection, vulnerable to fraud, difficulties in finding suitable work.

How can ICT be used to improve youth employment prospects, empowerment and protection? What are your innovative ideas, solutions and practice for this challenge?

With the help of m technology, what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

13. Improve monitoring process of food expiration and food quality?

DESCRIPTION: Food and imported food items expiration dates are the most challenging issues in Afghanistan; on monthly basis, a large number of people are admitted to hospitals because of food poisoning.  Quality of the food is the major challenges in Afghanistan.

How can we use ICT to monitor expiration dates of food Items which are available in Afghanistan markets and how can we monitor the quality of the food?

With the help of m technology, what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here

14. Improve survey system in Afghanistan

DESCRIPTION: Traditional and manual survey in Afghanistan is time consuming in sharing the data, pictures, audio & video ,especially at regional levels; Time consuming, Error-prone data, User always isolated, No data verification Mechanism, Several resources needed (camera, Live Telecast, GPS, data entry, database, reporting), Users always isolated; No data verification Mechanism to address this challenge at present.

With the help of m technology, what is your innovative solution and practice for this challenge?

AWARD: up to 80, 000 USD

To download the application form for this challenge click here