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Stockholm Challenge Award 2006

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Yong Liu

The Stockholm Challenge Award 2006 is open for entries

THE STOCKHOLM CHALLENGE AWARD 2006 invites excellent ICT pro-
jects from all over the world to compete for the prestigious
Challenge trophies. The Challenge is searching for the best ini-
tiatives that accelerate the use of information technology for
the social and economic benefit of citizens and communities. The
objective is to help local entrepreneurs, who work to close the
digital divide, by bringing in research communities, development
organisations and strong corporate initiatives.

City Hall - on May 11, 2006.

Special focus will be on projects in countries and regions with
the greatest needs. There will also be an international Chal-
lenge conference in Stockholm on issues related to the role of
ICTs in global development work.

*THE AWARD IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES until December 31st 2005*.

The application form is easily
accessible on the home page.

The Stockholm Challenge is headquartered at the IT University - a joint initiative by KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology) and
Stockholm University It is managed by
a consortium that also includes the City of Stockholm, Ericsson
and Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation

For more information, please contact:
Project Manager
Ulla Skidén
Tel: +46-8-790-4469

* Rules for participation in the Stockholm Challenge Award 2006 *

These are the basic rules for the participation in the Stockholm
Challenge Award. All competing projects must:

1. Include ICT Illustrate how ICT is used to create new or bet-
ter traditional services and/or products, which are beneficial
for human and social development.

2. Be implemented All competing projects must be up and running.
They should be implemented/piloted since no less than three
months. The Stockholm Challenge Award does not accept drafted
concepts and ideas only. The jury will only evaluate and compare
projects that can show measurable outcomes and impact.

3. Be linked to and/or supported by an established private or
public organisation.

4. Be verifiable, i.e. able to present credible references.

5. Be free from religious, political or other personal beliefs.

*To be noted:*

*Projects that have won one of the Challenge categories in pre-
vious years cannot enter the competition again.*

*All applications must be in English*

*Evaluation criteria *

Innovation, creativity and the convergence of ICT with many dif-
ferent disciplines are some of the qualities that are looked for
in the competing projects. The jury, a group of international
senior experts, base their evaluation on the following criteria,
most of which all Challenge projects should meet:

Competing projects should illustrate new and innovative ways of
using ICT to improve the living and economical conditions espe-
cially of those with great needs.

The addition of ICT as a tool to traditional development work
can improve and widen the scope of the project impact. Projects
should show successful convergences of different disciplines and

It is favourable for the competing projects to show that they
bring individuals, groups and local organisations into larger
communities ­ national and global - such as medical, government,
educational and cultural networks, as well business environ-

*Equal Opportunity*
It is important that the initiatives counteract inequality re-
lated to the likes of gender, origin, age, physical and/or men-
tal disabilities.

An important factor is sustainability. Not only economic sus-
tainability, i.e. how long the project will last and bring bene-
fits to its users. Sustainability also includes the contribution
of the project to a sustainable society and environment at

*Opportunities *

To enter a project in the Stockholm Challenge Award is not only
to participate in a prestigious international ICT competition -
it is also a way to join networks of some of the best ICT entre-
preneurs and pioneers in the world. Testimonials from many of
the projects, which have competed in their respective categories
over the years, say that it is the inspiration, the new ideas,
contacts and partners that are the greatest rewards for a Chal-

The Stockholm Challenge represents excellent marketing through
the exposure to media, and to private and public organizations
that are involved in ICT work and implementations. It gives pro-
motional opportunities for entrepreneurs, universities, cities,
cities and regions. The Stockholm Challenge Final Events include
a Best Practice Exhibition and a Conference. It is a meeting
place for some the world's most successful IT entrepreneurs.

Winners and finalists of the Stockholm Challenge are global role
models for cities, companies, organisations, schools and others
who are involved in adapting and spreading the use of ICT. 

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