One Innovation Challenge Award prize in the amount of $250,000 USD will be presented to the app, website or service that the judges determine best meets the needs of one of the four designated population categories: women, students, farmers and migrant workers (four awards total). Each of the Innovation Challenge Award winners will also be eligible to receive a package of tools and services worth up to $60,000 USD from Facebook’s FbStart program
In addition, two apps, websites or services designed for each of the four specified population categories will receive an Impact Award prize in the amount of $25,000 USD (eight awards total).
1. Who is eligible to participate?
Individuals, organizations, and groups around the world are eligible to participate so long as their applications, websites or services are designed to meet the needs of Indian women, students, farmers and/or migrant workers. (Note: Residents of countries where the United States has trade restrictions will not be eligible. See rules
2. Does it matter what platform I’m using to develop my app?
You may develop your app, website or service on any platform, so long as it will work on a mobile phone. Keep in mind that the platform you choose will affect your application’s potential reach and this will be factored into the judging (mobile web is more widely available than iOS, for example). If you’re looking for a hosting platform, Parse
offers application tools and limited hosting free of charge.
3. What if my app isn’t in English?
Your entry and all accompanying materials need to be in English, but the app, website or service itself can be in any language. We encourage you to to provide local and multilingual support.
4. Does my app have to be finished?
Your app, website or service must be in a working state, not simply a prototype. If it isn’t already publicly available, be sure to include the timeline for public launch as part of your entry.
5. Who are the judges?
A diverse global panel of technology leaders will be judging the competition:
Dr. Avneesh Agrawal, President, Qualcomm India & South Asia
Arun Bansal, SVP & Head of Radio, Ericsson
Chris Daniels, VP, Internet.org/Facebook
Ameet Suri, Partnerships Manager, Internet.org/Facebook
Raj Talluri, SVP of Product Management, Qualcomm
6. How will you choose the winners?
Entries will be judged based on innovation, impact, scalability and launch-readiness.
Innovation: How original, groundbreaking or creative is the app, website or service?
Impact: Will the app, website or service impact numerous lives in meaningful ways?
Scalability: Does the app, website or service scale technically? What percentage of the designated population will it reach? Is the content localized? Is multilingual support available?
Launch-readiness: How soon will the app, website or service be publicly available, beyond prototypes and limited trials, if it isn’t already? If it’s already publicly available, how stable and consistent is its performance?
Selection of winners will take place at the judges’ sole discretion.
7. How will winners be notified?
Winners will be contacted by email in late February, approximately one week before the public announcement. Due to the large volume of submissions we’re anticipating, only winners will be notified once selection has taken place.
8. Can I enter more than once?
If you have more than one app, website or service that serves the needs of one of the designated populations, you may absolutely enter more than once. However, a maximum of one prize will be awarded to each individual, group or organization.
9. What if I have more questions?
Please review the complete Challenge rules
, which contain additional information not covered by this FAQ. If you still have questions, you can reach us at [email protected]
10. How can I get up-to-date info about the Internet.org Innovation Challenge?
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