YouthConnekt launches Mobile Apps 4 Human Development Challenge powered by Motorola Solutions

11 Feb 2014

Mobile technology is rapidly changing the face of communication in the most remote areas of the world. Today, out of the seven billion people in the world, approximately six billion are cell phone subscribers. In response, companies, governments, and NGOs alike have realized the potential of this tool in addressing today's most pressing global challenges.

In Rwanda, there are many social innovators who are already pioneering mobile solutions for human development. Local social innovators are taking advantage of the lower entry barriers for app development. In combination with their excellent knowledge of the local reality and daily needs, relevant innovations provide ample opportunity to improve local lives. Yet these markets are fragmented with a lot of duplication; initiatives are not scaled and thus foster human development less effectively. 

Recognizing the catalytic natures of mobile technologies in fostering Human Development , UNDP and Motorola have entered into a partnership to address some of these challenges and further stimulate the diffusion of mobile initiatives on a larger scale.

To this end, Motorola Solutions will power a Mobile App Challenge that will be implemented by #YouthConnekt. The challenge will promote job creation and youth empowerment utilizing mobile technologies. 

The Challenge has the unique aim of encouraging youth participation in innovation and apps development through entrepreneurship promotion by coming up with Mobiles Solution in the areas of Human Development –Education, Governance, Health, Agriculture and Gender.  The Challenge is expected to help entrepreneurs grow businesses - efficiently and effectively. Providing the winners with seed funding for their successful proposals, we help them to scale and grow successful, sustainable businesses and in turn create jobs for young people and stimulate the local economy.

Cash prizes range from USD 1,000 – USD 6,000. In addition to the cash prize, the first winner will receive business training and mentoring by successful entrepreneurs throughout the initial phase of their start-up.

The challenge is for young people between 18 and 35 years of age. All applications should be made via the online application. DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS THE 20TH OF FEBRUARY, 2014.

Access the Application form here: http://goo.gl/Ngnbb8

 For more information please contact Aylin Schulz van Endert at aylin.schulzvanendert@undp.org

 About Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. (www.motorolasolutions.com/giving)