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Mission Billion Challenge (closed)

MIT Solve
This challenge has closed.
Owner: MIT Solve
Tags: Digital identification systems, ID, Privacy, Data, Identity theft, Personal data, ID4D, World Bank Group
Audience: Other, Subject Matter Experts, Businesses, Start-Ups, Researchers, Students
Anticipated Funding: US$50,000
Applications close: February 24, 2019
Last Updated: April 1, 2019 1:00 AM
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The Challenge

What is the focus of the Mission Billion Challenge?

The focus is on “How can digital identification systems in developing countries be better designed or adapted to protect people’s privacy and empower them with greater control over their personal data?”

The Challenge seeks creative ideas and innovative solutions to promote ‘privacy by design’ and provide people with greater control over their personal data through features that can be embedded into digital identification systems, such as:  

  • Providing greater oversight and control of personal data.  Solutions that enable individuals to inspect, update and correct personal data; provide transparency regarding who has accessed their data and for what purpose; and the ability to seek redress for unauthorized use.
  • Preventing the misuse of personal data.  Solutions that can help protect an individual’s personal data from misuse or unintended disclosure, such as through minimizing, hiding, compartmentalizing personal data, tamper proof logs, or other means.

Such ideas and solutions should be practical, cost effective and be relevant for developing country contexts in which some segments of the population may have low literacy and numeracy levels, as well as limited digital skills.

The creative ideas and innovative solutions can be complete solutions for digital identification systems, or features, or components that enhance existing systems.  Examples of the types of submissions the Challenge is seeking include (but are not limited to):

  • New ways of thinking
  • New technologies or different uses for existing technologies
  • Business and/or technical processes
  • Enterprise, technical or functional architectures

To maximize the development impact and wide-spread adoption, all submission shall be open solutions, i.e. made available on public licenses that allow re-use without restrictions. 

Eligibility Criteria

The Challenge is open to Contestants (‘Contestant”) from member countries of the World Bank (see: Contestants may be individuals or organizations (profit, non-profit organizations, academic).  Contestants are responsible for compliance with legal requirements of their country.

A)  Individuals must be of at least 18 years of age at time of entry.  Individuals may form teams and submit entries on behalf of teams. Individuals who join teams must meet the eligibility requirements for Individual Contestants.

B)  Organizations must be legally established entities (profit, non-profit, academic) in their respective countries. 

C)  Staff,  contractors and vendors  of the World Bank Group (The World Bank Group consists of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Development Association, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, the International Finance Corporation, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.), the members of the Evaluation and Finalist  Judging Panel or any company or individual involved with the design, production, execution or distribution of the Challenge and their immediate family members (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children, aunt, uncle, niece and nephew) are not eligible to join the Challenge.   

D) Sovereign and sub-sovereign agencies, and intergovernmental agencies are eligible to submit solutions to the Challenge and will be judged along with all of other submissions.  However, these agencies are not eligible to receive cash prizes if they are selected as a winning solution.

Terms and conditions

For complete details on the terms and conditions that govern the Mission Billion Challenge  please refer to the website.

How to apply

To submit an application for the Mission Billion Challenge please refer to the website.

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