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.
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.
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
Three winners will be awarded a cash prize to continue developing their products:
1st – $10,000
2nd – $8,000
3rd – $6,000
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
Method of Application
Interested and qualified applicants should use the link below to register for the challenge
Best of luck