M-Technology/Governance

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-Technology Award Challenges

M-Technology challenges are intended to focus on meaningful social and economic problems faced by any government program, economic or social sector, or industry domain. Finding effective solutions to challenges of this nature are expected to involve mobile and ICT technological developments or innovative adoption of existing technologies. Challenges may focus on a specific sector or problem, or be defined more broadly for use across government, for example as a shared m-service.

M-Technology 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.

M-Technology challenges may be proposed by a government agency, non-government organization or private sector firm and also Afghan citizens as individuals. However, the sustainability of winning applications is a high priority, as is government adoption of apps created through M-Technology challenges. 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 an agency’s 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.

Value of the Award

The value of the award will vary depending on the nature and scale of the challenge: for example, whether the challenge is for the innovator to offer a basic idea expected to lead to a solution (Ideation Award); for the innovator to offer a detailed solution complete with all documentation and software (Detailed Solutions Award); or for the innovator to offer a solution that has been implemented (Practice Award). Details are provided below. Each of these three categories of awards will have at least 10 rounds in the first phase of two years of the DEWAE operation, and the DEWAE aims to have at least 10 rounds in the second phase as well;

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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.

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.

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.