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The Botnar Challenge

How can we improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Tanzania using AI and digital solutions?
stage:
Won
prize:
10,000 CHF
Overview

Challenge Overview

The Challenge

"How can we improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Tanzania using AI and digital solutions?"

We run this challenge twice, in parallel: the World Summit AI track and the Sahara Sparks track!

For each track, two finalist teams are selected to send two members to the respective conferences, World Summit AI in Amsterdam (Netherlands) or Sahara Sparks 2018 in Dar es salaam (Tanzania). At these renowned and progressive conferences, you get the chance to mingle with experts, challenge your concept and pitch your idea.

Each track yields one winning team, each receiving 10’000 CHF (Swiss Francs) to realise their idea.

Do you have an idea of how to approach a relevant problem with AI or other digital solutions? Build your team and join our challenge!

Why you should apply now:

  • You have the chance to travel to and participate at leading conferences with innovators and experts
  • You have the chance to win 10'000 CHF in seed money for your concept
  • You have the chance to be coached by innovation experts from Creaholic and Sahara Ventures and learn about Human Centered Design tools and Lean Startup methods
  • You have the chance to solve a relevant problem and make a difference

 

 

Your Journey

 

 

Phase Date Description
I. Application until July 31st Teams can apply with a NABC concept description and a team introduction uploaded via heroX.
II. Semi‑Finals August 6th - September 9th Semi-Finalist teams receive coaching from innovation experts and local partners to validate assumptions and iterate their concept.
III. Finals September 13th - October 13th Finalist teams join World Summit AI or Sahara Sparks 2018 to challenge their concepts in expert workshops and pitch their idea to a jury.
Winning teams will be announced at the end of this phase.
IV. Realisation from October 13th Winning teams receive coaching and seed money to make this concept reality. E.g., implement the solution or pitch the solution to somebody who takes idea forward.

 

 

Background

About the sponsor

Fondation Botnar (fondationbotnar.org) is a charitable foundation established with the core purpose to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing secondary cities around the world. 

We were founded in Basel in 2003 by Marcela Botnar with the aim of continuing the philanthropic work of the Botnar family for the benefit of children worldwide. We want to ensure that every child has the right to enjoy good health, balanced nutrition and quality education in order to lead a dignified life as a thriving citizen who positively contributes to society.

We're working to achieve our vision by: 

  • Bringing diverse local partners together with young people to transform secondary cities in thriving and safe urban spaces fit for children
  • Investing in AI and digital solutions to accelerate the transformation of modern healthcare as it moves from the hospital to the home. 
  • Funding research worldwide and creating learning hubs in key secondary cities where talent development, innovation and creativity are enabled.

 

About World Summit AI

World Summit AI is the world’s leading and most important summit for the entire AI ecosystem from Enterprise to Big Tech, Startups, Investors and Science. Fom applied solutions for enterprise, to mind-boggling innovation, to heated discussions on AI ethics and AI4Good, World Summit AI will tackle head-on the most burning AI issues for 2018 and beyond.

World Summit AI is the world's leading AI summit. 140 of the world's top AI brains will speak at this conference. More info: 

  • Date: October 10th – 11th, 2018
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • worldsummit.ai

 

About Sahara Sparks 2018 + AfriLabs AGM

Sahara Sparks is the largest innovation and technology entrepreneurship event in Africa. The event is an avenue for discussion around technological trends and the use of technology to impact the community and drive positive changes. The event also provides a platform for African startups to pitch and showcase their products to investors and potential partners. 2018 is themed, "Innovation in The Data Age". 

2018 event is organized in partnership with AfriLabs. AfriLabs is the largest network of innovation spaces and tech hubs across the African continent. Sahara Sparks brings together young African leaders in Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship in one platform. This year’s event will bring together speakers, investors, startups, and attendees from across the African continent.

  • Date: October 11th – 13th, 2018
  • Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • saharasparks.com

 

Documents

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Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Entry criteria

  • You demonstrate your motivation for participation.
  • You address the challenge ("How can we improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Tanzania using AI and digital solutions?").
  • Your concept is in the form of an NABC, in particular addressing a need and demonstrating an approach.
  • You are a team of least 2 members (and usually not more than 6).
  • You have at least one female on the team.
  • The majority of your team members are of age 18 to 30 years.

Selection criteria for Semi-Finalist teams

  • We judge the need that you're addressing. Do you address a relevant problem related to adolescent health and wellbeing in Tanzania? Basis for judgement is your NABC.

  • We judge the approach you're proposing. Is there a feasible element in your approach? Do we see potential to realize it? Do you use AI or digital solutions? Basis for judgement is your NABC.

  • We believe in your team. Are you a dream team? Do you take a real interest in understanding the problem and making your idea real? Basis for judgement is the introduction video and your team's motivation.

Selection criteria for Finalist teams

  • We judge the need that you're addressing. Is the need validated? Are there indicators that support the need is actually a need?

  • We judge the approach you're proposing. Is the approach feasible in a Tanzanian context?

  • We judge the overall concept. Does the concept progress in a good direction?

  • We judge your morale. Are you motivated and willing to realize your idea?

Selection criteria for Winner teams

  • Winners will be selected by a live Jury at the conferences World Summit AI and Sahara Sparks 2018.

Conference addmittance of finalists

  • Each finalist team can send 2 people to the respective conferences.
  • Travel cost, accommodation and conference admissions are paid for.

The prize

  • There will be 2 winner teams in total, one from each conference. Each winner will receive 10’000 CHF (Swiss Francs) seed money.

  • The prize is seed money NOT cash money. It will be released on a per-activity basis with the aim to make your concept sustainable.

Timeline
Updates 8

Challenge Updates

The Journey Continues...

Nov. 22, 2018, 9 a.m. PST by Ceri Jones

They came, they shared, they innovated! One month after #TheBotnarChallenge 2018 reached the ultimate finale, we are reminiscing over the highlights and enjoying updates from our inspiring winners. We wish them every success on their journeys as they further develop their concepts and empower people to realise the benefit of digital health management and assistance in Tanzania and beyond.

Watch our newest round up video here to catch up on all the action from both tracks: Sahara Sparks and World Summit AI.

Also, if you want to hear from the two winning teams and some of the jury members that made it happen you can watch exclusive interviews via the links below.

Winners: Yapili

Winners: Dr Elsa

Keep following #thebotnarchallenge for news and updates.

 

With thanks from, Fondation Botnar.


Winners - congratulations!

Oct. 22, 2018, 12:49 a.m. PDT by Michi

Congratulations to Yapili and Dr Elsa for winning TheBotnarChallenge 2018.

The judges from Fondation Botnar, Sahara Ventures, Creaholic, UNICEF Innovation, Impact Hub and Women Deliver Young Leaders Network had a difficult decision but these two teams demonstrated innovative solutions but also great team motivation to take their ideas to the next level.

In addition, Voice-Sauti and Vijana Afya demonstrated great problem definitions that need to be addressed in Tanzania. Hence, Fondation Botnar will continue to provide coaching and mentorship as well as a small grant to further innovate around their idea.

Congratulations to all!

Continue to follow stories and videos to be posted: #TheBotnarChallenge

News and future opportunities via:

Facebook: FondationBotnar, SparkSahara

Twitter: @FondationBotnar, @SparkSahara


Here they are: Our final four revealed!

Sept. 14, 2018, 9:02 a.m. PDT by Kiara Barnes

After much anticipation, the news is in. We received some truly inspiring applications for this year. Thanks to all the 47 teams who participated in the challenge to address young people’s health and wellbeing in Tanzania which which closed back in July. Our 12 semi-finalist teams had some fantastic project ideas and we enjoyed seeing these evolve at the coaching sessions hosted by Sahara Ventures. The judging panel for the final selection included representatives from Fondation Botnar, Sahara Ventures, Creaholic, UNICEF, Impact Hub, and the Women Deliver Youth Network. Together, they have decided on the following 4 finalist teams:

Finalists

  • Yapili: An all-around user-centered approach to health in the form of health advice, digitalisation of medical records and online medical follow up features.
  • Voice - Sauti: Geospatial data analysis and data visualisation to mitigate violence against children, girls and young women.
  • Vijana Afya: A team on a mission to fight noncommunicable diseases by leveraging new media and digital technology to increase young people’s awareness.
  • Dr Elsa: An AI-powered, smart health assistant that aims to improve the national state of health through affordable, inclusive, and high-quality access to health expertise.

Huge congratulations to all of you!

Each team now has the opportunity to send two members to the respective conferences, World Summit AI in Amsterdam (Netherlands) or Sahara Sparks 2018 in Dar es salaam (Tanzania). At these events, they will get the chance to mingle with experts and innovators, challenge their concepts and pitch their ideas to a jury!

Two winning teams will be announced at the end of this phase.

 

Keep following #TheBotnarChallenge for news and future opportunities via:

Facebook: FondationBotnar, SparkSahara

Twitter: @FondationBotnar, @SparkSahara


The semi-finalists are in!

Aug. 7, 2018, 7 a.m. PDT by Kiara Barnes

Wow! Thank you to everyone for all your amazing contributions – it was hard to choose just 12 ideas. Our judges from Fondation Botnar, Sahara Ventures and Creaholic selected the following semi-finalist teams that are through to the next round:

 

  • A parents' "cheat book" for adolescent upbringing – providing advice to parents on topics related to adolescent health including hygiene, substance abuse, violence and STDs.
  • AfyaPlus: Smart blood glucose level monitoring – early detection and treatment of noncommunicable diseases through monitoring of blood glucose via a smart mobile app.
  • AI and Blockchain Powered Micro-Dispensaries – a scalable and future-proof system that can reach even the most remote places and provide women with quality and personalised healthcare including preliminary diagnosis, critical medication, personal hygiene products and sexual health education.
  • Dr. Dora (Doctor Oriented Assistant) – a mobile-powered AI and machine learning app with speech recognition technology to help youths get help, information and/or knowledge and answers about their bodies and changes they face as adolescents. 
  • Dr. Elsa: Integrated, Intelligent Healthcare – an AI-powered, smart health assistant that aims to improve the national state of health through affordable, inclusive, and high-quality access to health expertise.
  • Identitas – a smart phone-based gaming social network platform that allows adolescents with learning difficulties to understand themselves, develop and build their social identity, find others who share the same interests, and discover their talent and natural vocation.
  • iMama Africa app – a Swahili app which provides maternal health advice through a smart chatbot for pregnant women and a portal with tips, reminders and information about birth preparedness and complication readiness.
  • Nuru: Integration of AI in Mental Health – a digital platform where users seek initial assessment and access to information about mental health and where professionals interact with patients.
  • UTI Diagnosis using smart phones a smart digital app for diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTI) through image recognition and machine learning.
  • VOICE – "SAUTI" – geospatial data analysis and data visualisation to mitigate violence against children, girls and young women.
  • YAPILI an all-around user-centered approach to health in the form of health advice, digitalisation of medical records and online medical follow up features.
  • Young Health Programme Tanzania – a team on a mission to fight noncommunicable diseases by leveraging new media and digital technology to increase public awareness in Tanzania.

 

Thanks to all the 47 teams who submitted their concepts. Congratulations to all for the great work and look forward to seeing how our semi-finalists evolve their ideas before we announce the teams through to the final on 12 September 2018.

The judging panel for the final selection will be announced soon and include representatives from Fondation Botnar, Creaholic, UNICEF, Impact Hub, Sahara Ventures and the Women Deliver Youth Network. 

 

Keep following #TheBotnarChallenge for news and future opportunities via:


12 hours remaining to submit!

July 31, 2018, 3 a.m. PDT by Kiara Barnes

If you're still preparing your submission, you have exactly 12 hours left to complete it! Don't forget to include and upload your NABC concept description.

Here's a tip: HeroX recommends innovators plan to submit with at least a 3-hour window of time before the true deadline. Last-minute technical problems and unforeseen roadblocks have been the cause of many headaches. Don't let that be you!

We look forward to receiving your submission!


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