As part of activities to mark Ghana’s 60th Independence Day anniversary celebrations, a Jubilee Innovation Challenge was launched at the Independence Square in Accra yesterday. The launch aims at mobilizing Ghana’s best young, innovative talents in utilizing technology to improve some facet of government business. The focus of the jubilee innovation challenge would be on mobile technology- driven solutions for both smartphones as well as non-smartphones. The app developed would provide an innovative solution to boost government work in sectors not limited to Healthcare & Science, Education, Local Governance, Poverty Alleviation, Agriculture, Industry & Manufacturing, Land Management and Transportation.
CRITERIA AND ELIGIBILITY
- Competitors must be aged between 18-35 years old.
- Solutions should be available via a mobile phone, either smartphone (Android, IOS, Mobile Web) or non-smart phone (SMS, USSD, Voice)
- Solutions can also include Internet of Things Based Solutions.
- Solutions should be demonstrable and work in Ghana.
- The solution should be built by a Ghanaian resident or Ghanaian registered Company.
- The solution should not be a copy of an existing business in Ghana.
Submissions of entries is currently open. Deadline for submissions of the prototype is on May 19, 2017. There will be shortlisting of entrants on 2nd July 2017 and the awards ceremony will take place on 19th July 2017.
The first prize winner will take home GH₡100,000. The 2nd prize winner will take home GH₡75,000 and the 3rd prize winner will receive GH₡ 50,000.
The Minister for Information Sheikh Mustapha Hamid stated that there’s no way Ghana as a nation will develop if mediocrity is not shunned and excellence adopted in all its endeavors. He lamented about how Ghana attained independence within the same era as the likes of Singapore, Malaysia, North Korea but these countries have gone ahead to develop using technology and innovation and Ghana still lacks behind as a result of its inability to do same.
He, therefore, challenged the youth to take up the Jubilee Innovation Challenge and be inventive and creative.
He also commended the Ghana at 60 committee for identifying excellence, creativity, and innovation as essential tools for development and focusing on the youth to blaze this trail.
As part of activities to mark Ghana’s 60th-anniversary celebration, there will be a Jubilee Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, the launch of the Heads of State museum, an International Gospel Concert, and the construction of library facilities for sixty deprived communities across the country.
1st March 2017 has also been declared a national flag draping day.