The Mobile Solutions for Development in Asia Award: Challenging the Next Generation

Do you have a mobile service or app that is being used to address a development challenge in Asia?

Do you want the opportunity to promote your mobile solution to a broader audience of development and technology professionals?

If so, apply for the Mobile Solutions for Development in Asia Award today!

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners are proud to present the Mobile Solutions for Development in Asia Award, which seeks promising mobile solutions that can help solve some of Southeast Asia’s toughest challenges. USAID is looking for innovative mobile services, apps, and other fresh uses of mobile technologies that can positively impact Climate Change, Food Security, Health, Governance, and Biodiversity in Southeast Asia.

Up to five finalists will be selected and flown to present their solutions at the Mobile Solutions Forum on January 6, 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. USAID staff from across Asia, other donors, NGOs, technology companies, and mobile network operators will attend the forum. The deadline for applications is Monday, November 25, 2013.

A panel of judges will award two top finalists with grants of $6,000 and $4,000, based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Impact
  • Design
  • Creativity
  • Organizational Capacity

The first and second place winners will be profiled in a Mobile Solutions for Development Handbook that is being developed to help USAID and other development professionals more effectively integrate mobile tools into development assistance activities.

This competition is open to any non-governmental organization, non-profit or for-profit entity. To meet the minimum requirements for funding, applicants must:

  • be legally registered or otherwise authorized to conduct business in their country or countries of operation
  • have a product that addresses one of the five award theme sectors and that is currently deployed or has plans to deploy by 2014 in: Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and/or Vietnam.

USAID is committed to pushing technology and innovation to the center of our work, but we need your help. Applications are due Monday, November 25. Full contest details and applications can be found at: https://www.usaid.gov/documents/1861/mobile-solutions-development-asia-award

Jayce Newton is a Democracy & Governance Officer at USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia, based in Bangkok, Thailand. As part of the Governance and Vulnerable Populations Team, Mr. Newton collaborates with USAID missions across the region to craft and implement new methods for confronting long-standing challenges, including LGBT rights, protracted internal conflict, and civil society in restrictive environments.