Win R20000 in the Community Information Challenge 2010

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Vodacom and RLabs have teamed up to bring you the “Community Information Challenge 2010?. Many people in local communities have mobile phones and use them for voice and text. However, the use of mobile Internet is growing fast and can be used to enhance local communities. The mobile Internet can be used to share many types of information around the globe but there is often difficulty in finding local and relevant information.

Continue reading to find out how you can win R20000

The Community Information Challenge is looking for innovative and fresh ideas, on how local and relevant information can be accessed and shared, with the local community.

The solution must be deployable in South Africa but is not restricted to this region. The winning entry will receive a one-off prize of R20,000 cash AND the opportunity to discuss deployment options with the Vodacom Innovation team. The overall winner across the three Vodacom Challenges will scoop up a further R 20,000 cash!

For more on the entry criteria or how to enter or who can enter visit the betavine site.

The most important part of the challenge will be the success criteria which I’ve pasted below:

The judging panel, made up of representatives from Vodacom and RLabs, will assess the entries based on the following criteria:

  • Value to the potential user – how much safer will it make the average user feel?
  • Ease of use and deployment – how easy is it for a non-technical user to understand, use and benefit from the application? How easy is it to quickly deploy the solution in a real community context?
  • stability and scalability – how easy is it to add increasing amounts of concurrent users to the system?
  • Innovation – how does the entry use mobile technology to provide creative solutions to address existing problems?
  • Sustainability – how viable is the long-term plan for meeting and/or exceeding operational costs?
  • Viable pilot testing plan – what criteria will be used to judge the success of the pilot test?
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