“Empowering girls and women through technology and making them financially empowered through mobile internet” Won the ITU Innovation challenge 2020 from Bangladesh. Lead by Achia Khaleda Nila, Founder CEO, Women in Digital
This project won the Women in Technology Category. 26 different countries submitted more than 30 projects in this category and finally, Achia Nila from Bangladesh won this innovation challenge.
The 2020 edition of the ITU Innovation Challenge took place amid the global pandemic caused by Covid-19. This has resulted in stress on value chains and countries’ readiness for a digital economy, significantly affecting social conditions worldwide. Global supply, production, consumption and delivery chains are disrupted. Traditional economies are struggling, as industries have not been digitalized and infrastructure is inadequate to cope with current stress levels.
Policy-makers and innovators worldwide have been under pressure. Their communities must embrace a digital economy so that a semblance of normalcy can be maintained in these uncertain conditions. Therefore, the overall theme of this year’s challenges was on Rethinking the digital economy’s value chains during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The challenge was a global open competition platform for innovators and ecosystem builders to present their ideas and projects, empowering them to transform their communities into thriving digital societies.
Three opportunities to win
Digital change-maker challenge: For innovators with ideas that create digital impact in their communities.
Ecosystem best practice challenge: For ecosystem builders with good practices that nurture an enabling environment for innovators in their communities.
Women in technology challenge: For individual women tech innovators and eligible startups with digital projects that create impact for women in their communities.
The second edition of the ITU Innovation Challenges, co-organized by EQUALS and INPUT Hungary, ran from 4 May to 31 August 2020, receiving submissions from 26 countries.
The winners were announced on 17 September. A jury of 12, with six external experts and six ITU experts, selected the winning ideas. A total of 20 winners— 12 women and 8 men—have been chosen across the three categories.
Winners will go through a boot camp in early October and participate in the Global Innovation Forum during the final week of the month. Twenty-five mentors from 18 countries will be supporting this cohort during the boot camp.