Technology for Citizen Engagement

UNDP helps build better lives.  On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we partner with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis and sustain the kind of inclusive growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.

 

As the world is changing with increasing pace, it has become ever more important for UNDP to be able to respond to different types of development challenges with innovative, agile and flexible solutions.

 

We recognize that the rapidly changing technological landscape of today’s world allows us not only to access information and expertise with unprecedented ease, but also to find opportunities for the smart use of technologies to develop transparent and efficient ways for addressing development challenges.

In a gradual process of change, UNDP has begun to work differently. We are taking steps to create spaces for individuals to collaborate creatively, adopt an outside-in perspective that is driven and identified by the needs and perspectives of those we serve.

 

A key focus of the UNDP Strategic plan 2014-17 is inclusive and effective democratic governance. We are committed to supporting citizen participation and engagement in policymaking and governance, to foster more peaceful and inclusive societies.

 

That’s why we are running the “Technology for Citizen Engagement Challenge”.

 

UNDP invites you to come up with technology-enabled solutions that can help to better engage citizens in addressing some of the challenges faced in our daily lives.

 

UNDP offers both funding of up to $10,000 and mentoring support to help turn the best ideas into reality. Winning teams will also be invited to attend the 2nd Annual Build Peace through technology conference in Nicosia, Cyprus on 25th & 26th April 2015.

 

THEMATIC AREAS

 

Do you have an idea for a technology enabled solution that can help to better engage citizens in addressing the following issues?

 

Common Vision for the Future - How can we use technology to bring together different groups to imagine a common vision for the future?  Submit your ideas for how to embrace differing views to find common ground by sharing a vision for the future.

 

Inclusion through Diversity – How can technology help to diversify the voices that inform policy by embracing more inclusive decision-making processes?  Submit your ideas for how to increase dialogue between citizens and decision makers so that a multitude of voices are represented in public policy, including those of women and youth.

 

Improve access to public services and data – How can we utilize technology to improve access to public services and/or data? Submit your ideas for how better access to services and data can strengthen trust in institutions and encourage greater public participation in decision-making.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

STAGE ONE: IDEAS GENERATION

 

You are invited to post your most innovative ideas directly through the Mahallae website. This online brainstorming process will be supported by a series of webinars and google hangouts to respond to questions and help to stimulate and support the development of innovative ideas.

 

You can submit as many ideas in response to each thematic area as you want (but please bear in mind that you can only be part of one winning team). You’ll just need to set up a profile here, choose a title for your idea, provide a short description by answering these 3 simple questions and (if you want) upload an image.

 

1. Describe the problem that you want to address. How does this problem affect people in their daily lives?

 

2. Describe your proposed solution – How does your approach build on or add to more traditional ways of dealing with problem?

 

3. Which technologies are you planning to use and why? Please make reference to other similar uses of your proposed technology enabled solution.

 

Deadline for submitting ideas: Thursday 5th March 2015 17.00 GMT +2

 

To find out more about the challenge process and the selection criteria, read the Challenge Guidelines.

Stage Three | Solutions

Solutions are concepts that have been put into action. Check back regularly for updates on their development!

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Stage Two | Concepts

Concepts are ideas that have been refined and further developed. Everyone is invited to endorse, comment on or contribute to their favorite concepts!

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Stage One | Ideas

Ideas are the first step in addressing a challenge. Anyone who wants to make their community a better place can submit ideas!