Deadline: August 14, 2020
Submissions are open for the WorldBank Group Mission Billion Challenge WURI West Africa Prize 2020. The Mission Billion Challenge WURI West Africa Prize seeks sustainable, tech-based solutions that facilitate portable contributions to social insurance programs, such as pensions and savings accounts, by informal sector workers in West Africa.
Through its West Africa Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI) program and funded by the Identification for Development (ID4D) initiative, Rapid Social Response program, and the Disruptive Technologies for Development (DT4D) initiative, the World Bank has launched the Mission Billion Challenge WURI West Africa Prize to surface tech-based and human-centered solutions that strengthen social insurance systems at the regional level.
The World Bank’s Mission Billion Challenge is seeking innovative solutions to increase inclusion and access to digital platforms such as identification systems. This challenge will crowdsource solutions to make ID systems more accessible and responsive to the needs of vulnerable persons, such as informal workers, particularly at a time when countries seek to leverage digital technologies and platforms to shift services to online channels and deliver cash relief to persons affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mission Billion Challenge winners are eligible to receive a total prize of up to $150,000, participate in a high-level event at the World Bank, and receive mentorship and support from Google Developers Experts.
- GLOBAL PRIZE: How can countries ensure that everyone—especially vulnerable groups—are able to apply/register for an ID in a way that protects people’s health and the integrity of the ID system? How can countries ensure that digital authentication mechanisms in low connectivity environments are accessible and user-friendly for vulnerable populations to facilitate remote access to services and benefits?
- WURI WEST AFRICA PRIZE: How can informal sector workers in West Africa more easily participate in social protection programs?
- Finalists will be invited to a high-level event in Washington, D.C. to present their solutions or ideas in front of distinguished judges, in a high-level event at the World Bank, and receive mentorship and support from Google Developers Experts.
- A total of US$150,000 in cash prizes are available.
The Challenge is open to Contestants from member countries of the World Bank.
- Individuals, including academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists and other engaged citizens.
- Organizations involved in research, advocacy, design and implementation of digital ID systems, digital payment or social protection systems.
- Individuals must be of at least 18 years of age at time of entry
- Organizations must be legally established entities (profit, non-profit, academic) in their respective countries.
The Mission Billion Challenge will consider solutions at all stages of development:
- Idea: A plan or concept by an individual or organization.
- Prototype: An individual or organization building and testing a product, service, or model.
- Pilot: An individual or organization deploying a tested product, service, or model in at least one location.
- Growth: An individual or organization with an established product, service or model rolled out, which is poised for further growth in multiple locations.
- Scale: An individual or organization working in several locations and that is looking to scale significantly, focusing on increased efficiency.
- Alignment: The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth.
- Context Appropriateness: The solution takes into account the context of developing countries, including low to no connectivity in some areas and little formal technical training among individuals, as well as low literacy and numeracy levels.
- Scalability and Ease of Use: The solution can easily be scaled to affect the lives of millions of people.
- Feasibility: It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself after implementation.
- Innovative Approach: This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, or a new process for solving the challenge.
- Submissions must be in the format provided in the MIT Solve platform.
- Contestants may submit more than one Submission. However, Submissions must not be substantially similar to a prior Submission by the same Contestant.
- Each Submission must be in English, or if in a language other than English, the Submission must be accompanied by an English translation of the full text.