A recent McKinsey study found that although internet adoption is showing steady growth in India, only 15% of Indians use the Internet and almost 70% do not understand how the internet can help them.
Internet.org Innovation Challenge: India
Facebook wants more people online and to grow beyond its 100 million Indian users, so its funded a $1 Million Innovation Challenge on Internet.org
Four $250,000 USD Innovation Challenge Awards will be presented to the app, website or service that best meets the needs of Indian women, students, farmers and migrant workers. Each of the Innovation Challenge Award winners will also be eligible to receive a package of tools and services worth up to $60,000 USD from Facebook’s FbStart program.
In addition, two apps, websites or services designed for each of the four specified population categories will receive a $25,000 USD Impact Award prize.
Entries will be judged based on these 4 different criteria:
- Innovation: How original, groundbreaking or creative is the app, website or service?
- Impact: Will the app, website or service impact numerous lives in meaningful ways?
- Scalability: Does the app, website or service scale technically? What percentage of the designated population will it reach? Is the content localized? Is multilingual support available?
- Launch-readiness: How soon will the app, website or service be publicly available, beyond prototypes and limited trials, if it isn’t already? If it’s already publicly available, how stable and consistent is its performance?
So what are you waiting for? Apply today!