A Mobile4D Application Generator and Implementation Initiative

Mobile phones and smart applications have become an important if not the key factor in many current development initiatives. One of the main questions remaining is: Which are the key “killer” applications that make a real difference for personal and community development, provide real solutions and benefits, add value to the market place and are not just applications in search for a use? The main aim of the competition is to identify effective mobile phone applications for development and make them available globally whilst providing sustainability and growth for the application developers and network/service providers that offer the applications.

Organizer: Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation

Partner Organizations and Sponsors, (so far): IICD, The Netherlands; Fundacion CTIC, Spain; e-COMLAC, Uruguay; Fundacion ChasquiNet, Ecuador

Categories:

The competition is seeking entries to three categories:

  1. Applications that solve existing, real, every day development problems
  2. Applications that solve existing, real, every day development problems through use and adaptation, modification of existing internet applications such as Google Apps.
  3. Major Challenges and Dream apps. This category is seeking to identify real life development challenges and the possible key applications that should be developed to tackle them. These “killer” applications not only will make a real difference and have a huge impact to the users, but offer huge opportunities for network providers to expand and consolidate their businesses. This category is targeting the mobile phone user and development practitioner that have been thinking: If I had an app that can do this, it would make a real difference! Tell us what the development challenge is, what an application would have to deliver to tackle it and what impact the application would have for its users and service provider?

The proposed solutions should not only solve an existing problem but they should also be sustainable, based on a business plan and concept, but also be able to offer added value that can open up new markets for mobile phone use or expand the use of existing mobile phone infrastructures.

Who should submit competition entries?

The competition is open to everybody. Entries are in particular welcomed by development practitioners, mobile phone application developers and regular phone users.

Expected outcomes:

Identification, development and market introduction of the key ICT4D mobile applications with the highest development impact and sustainability.

Identification, development and market introduction of the key ICT4D mobile applications which offer added value that is able to open up new markets for mobile phone use or expand the use of existing mobile phone infrastructures.

Creation of win/win multi sector partnerships in the ICT4D sector.

The competition is planned to be a preparatory initiative for an GKPF co-sponsored  international Mobile4D conference in 2013

How to get involved?

Your organization can get involved in the competition is several ways:

Become a sponsor:

Different sponsorship levels are available:

Platinum Sponsor: USD 25.000, Named during competition as main Sponsor with prominent logo on each competition document and promotion, Stand at prize giving. Guaranteed co-presentation role during completion duration and prize giving event. “First pick” for securing partnership with completion winner applications and their development/market introduction.

Gold Sponsor: USD 10.000 Named during competition as Gold Sponsor with logo on each competition document and promotion, Stand at prize giving.

Silver Sponsor: USD 5.000, Named during competition as Silver Sponsor with logo on each competition document and promotion, banner at prize giving.

Become a Competition Partnership Organization:

Partnership organizations will actively promote the competition throughout their networks and will make in-kind contributions to the running of the competition and prize giving. Partnership organizations can request a seat on the competition jury. Qualified partnership organizations will promote the development and market introduction of competition winner applications.

Organizations named as competition partnership organizations will have their logo included in all competition documentations and promotions.

For further information please contact klaus.stoll@gkpfoundation.org

Competition Prices:

The main aim of the competition is to identify effective mobile phone applications for development and make them available globally whilst providing sustainability and growth for the application developers and network/service providers that offer the applications. For this reason the main price for the three best applications of each category will be the concrete support by the completion organizer, through experienced partnership organizations such as CTIC),  to provide technical and business development support for the application .

From the 9 winner applications, three will be nominated as “TOP ICT4D Applications of the Year” and from them one will be named as  ”ICT Application of the Year”.

TOP ICT4D Applications of the Year will receive a Cash prize of USD 2500 each.

The application chosen as  ”ICT Application of the Year” will receive an additional USD 5000 Cash prize.

Evaluation Framework for competition winners:

The entries in each category will be judged along these following main evaluation criteria:

25% Innovation

15% Business Plan of Sustainability strategy

15% added value of the application to existing mobile infrastructure

45% development impact

Competition Jury:

The competition Jury will consist of eminent personalities in the Mobile4D field and representatives of the Competition Partnership Organizations.

Tentative Time Table:

1June 2012: Closing date for Competition Sponsors/Partnership Organizations

1 June-31rst July 2012: Promotion of Competition

15th – 30th August 2012: Jury deliberations

From 1rst September 2012: Prize giving event during one of the Competition Partnership Organizations/Sponsor conferences

For further information please contact klaus.stoll@gkpfoundation.org

And be sure to visit the competition organizer: Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation