We are delighted to share that the second round of the tech challenge for atrocity prevention has been launched on March 6th. This is an exciting competition, organized by USAID and Humanity United, to find new and promising approaches to prevent large-scale, deliberate attacks against civilians.
The second round focuses on three critical issues: better modeling to help predict at-risk communities, improved communication with and among conflict-affected communities, and better technology to help gather and verify information from hard-to-access areas. What makes the competition outstanding is that the organizers look for for innovative (albeit feasible) ideas, as opposed to finished prototypes.
The Tech Challenge offers prizes of up to $10,000 for innovative solutions to some of the most intractable problems in the field of atrocity prevention. Both Humanity United and USAID will also consider piloting and / or scaling the most promising innovations. Furthermore, they are committed to playing a match-making role, helping to link winners and other interesting innovations to other donors.
Deadline for submissions is April 16th. More details can be found on thetechchallenge.org.