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APPLY: 2021 Seedstar Global Digital Democracy Challenge for Young Innovators

Seedstar Global Digital Democracy Challenge aims to develop innovative solutions that strengthen and enhance Digital Democracy. 

The Hackathon will identify solutions that can be deployed to alleviate digital pain points experienced by citizens living in countries with limited cyber freedom and stringent communications restrictions.

Selected teams will receive coaching, mentorship, and training from experts in their field. They will present their ideas at a Demo Day event, in which participants pitch to a panel of judges and present their ideas.

  • Host: SeedStars
  • Category: Competitions 
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries 
  • Reward:  $24,000 USD
  • Deadline: September 6, 2021
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Details

Digital democracy faces many challenges such as:

  • A mix of urban and rural populations cannot rely on face-to-face or in-person meetings to have their voice heard or civic participation coordinated.
  • Internet connectivity is restricted – from near-total internet shutdowns for a time or the ‘throttling’ of internet speed.
  • Key social media platforms might be blocked permanently or suspended.
  • Free, independent media is censored.
  • Frequent online misinformation campaigns run by authorities in place.
  • Significant digital surveillance laws are in place, which might include penalties on the use of specific internet applications that protect privacy or increased access to private data;
  • Digital footprint of citizens on popular applications and websites is monitored. Censorship, together with much more severe, targeted human rights violations, may occur based on monitored activities.
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Scholarship Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for the challenge, applicants must:

  • Must be a team already (minimum of 3 members)
  • Passionate about solving issues surrounding the decline of democracy globally
  • Must have an idea already or even an MVP that can be developed further during the Hackathon

Reward

Three winners will be awarded a cash prize to continue developing their products:

1st – $10,000

2nd – $8,000

3rd  – $6,000

Note

Interview date, Process and Venue for Seedstar Digital Democracy Challenge

LAUNCH CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 16th of August 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 13th of September 2021

SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS: 18th of September 2021

HACKATON DATES: 29th September – 1st of October

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS: 1st of October

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should use the link below to register for the challenge 

Best of luck

Deadline: September 6, 2021

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