#Tech4Governance Announces Entries For Innovative Ideas to Stimulate Democracy In Ghana – 60,000 Dollars Up For Grabs

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In a bid to aid good governance and greater citizens participation in governance processes using innovative ideas and digital technologies, Penplusbytes and Making All Voices Count (MAVC) will on May 30th 2015 host a pitching competition entitleded; #Tech4Governance.

The event which comes up at New Media Hub, Accra- Ghana focuses on two key areas of “Improved Public Service Delivery and better Electoral Process.

Applications are now opened and closes on May 17 and at 23:59 GMT. Competition finalists will be announced on May 22nd, 2015 with the pitching session slated for May 30th, 2015.

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The 10 selected finalists will participate at the pitching competition in Accra, Ghana, where they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges; the winner and first runner up of the competition will get incubation support for their ideas from Making All Voices Count, with mentoring.

This package will include preparation for potential innovation grants of up to $60,000 down the line, depending on first, the development of a proposal strong enough to warrant a grant and second, the demonstration of their capacity to successfully implement.

Winners will have access to mentoring support, international networking and related tools and resources through Making All Voices Count’s South to South Lab.

Aimed at attracting solid ideas and solutions to improving service delivery or electoral processes in Ghana, the competition is opened to receiving applications from Ghanaian entities: companies, government actors, non-profits, for-profits, education establishments, NGOs and individuals who have bright ideas carved along the definitive thematic areas of Improved Service Deliveryand betteringElectoral Processes.

Improved Service Delivery,will focus on the use of technology to increase accountability and responsiveness of District, Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies; use technology to strengthen feedback mechanisms from duty bearers at the local and district level; strengthen and promote the use and adoption of ICT tools in government ministries, departments and agencies.

Under this category, entries must also exhibit the ability to promote citizens engagement and government accountability through open data and information sharing; making effective use of technology to ‘make all voices count’ through active engagement of women and/or marginalized groups or communities.

On the other hand, entries submitted for the Electoral Processestheme must address the following; use of technology and innovation for voter registration, voter identification and voter verification processes; use of technology for election monitoring at district and national level; use of technology to allow citizens to vet the electoral process including gaps in voter registration; use of technology to allow media organizations effectively monitor and cover electoral processes at national and district level.

According to Ms. Juliet Amoah, Strategic Director of Penplusbytes, The competition seeks innovative ideas that aim at improving service delivery or electoral processes in Ghana. “We highly encourage entities from Ghana to apply: companies, government actors, non-profits, for-profits, education establishments, NGOs or individuals,” she said.

SEE ALSO: She Leads Africa Launches 2015 Entrepreneur Showcase: Winners Get $15,000 Cash Prize


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