InChallenge Rules and Information
Ready to change Sierra Leone? Start Here:
- If you are a secondary student in Sierra Leone, you and a team of 3-5 members can develop and build your innovative idea to compete for $1500 towards your idea. Connect with local and international mentors to build your prototype, and learn about entrepreneurship and innovation.
- The Innovate Salone challenge is open to all secondary school students across Sierra Leone and is specifically looking for innovative ideas in the fields of health, energy, education, agriculture, transportation, telecommunications, civic media, and engineering.
- Innovation solutions must attempt to tackle problems in the fields of Health, Energy, Education, Agriculture, Transportation, Telecommunications, Civic Media, and Engineering in Sierra Leone.
- Teams of 3-5 students in ANY secondary school are eligible to register and submit proposals
- Project proposals can be submitted online or mailed to the District Headquarter Offices of the Ministry of Education in an envelope labeled “Innovate Salone 2012″ by May 14th, 2012.
Contact Information: Provide each team member’s name, your school’s name, address and detailed contact information
Introduction: A brief overview of your project
The Problem: What is the problem that you are trying to solve through this innovation
Problem Motivation: Why is this problem important to you?
Proposed Solution: How are you planning on fixing this problem? And is it scalable?
Detailed Budget: What would the costs be to completing your project?
Plan of Action: What steps are you planning on taking to make this project a reality?
Project Proposals must include all of the following:
Semi-Finalist Developmental AwardsSemi-finalists will receive up to $500 USD to begin prototyping/developing their project proposals. The prize money will be determined by the detailed budget provided. Announced end of May.
Finalist Innovate Salone InChallenge Grand PrizeFinalists will receive up to $1000 USD continue developing their project over the course of a year. Mentorship and additional resources will also be provided. Announced end of August.
Qualifying RoundThe qualifying round of judging will take place in mid-May after the May14th submission deadline. Each plan entry will be given feedback by the judges. Finalist teams will be announced by the end of May, 2011. Five teams will be promoted to the final round.
Final RoundThe final round of judging will take place during the Inventors Camp and the winners will be announced at the Awards assembly following the camp. Each team prototype will be evaluated based on the evolution of their ideas over the incubation period and during the Inventors Camp. The winning teams will be provided up to $1000 in additional funding as well as other resources to continue their project into the following year.
CreativityHow original is your idea? Are you using new techniques?
ScalabilityCan the solution be scaled to your village? To the country?
Potential ImpactHow many lives will the solution touch? What is the potential?
TeamCan this particular team deliver what they promised?