The challenge of this Prize consists in developing proven innovative and more cost-effective solutions to be used in a humanitarian aid context, based on frugal application of advanced technologies. This initiative is in line with the objectives of the last World Humanitarian Summit to find ways to better tackle humanitarian needs in a fast-changing world, develop strong partnerships and seek innovative solutions to current and future challenges. It will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals .
More cost-effective, more sustainable and higher-quality innovative solutions, based on advanced technologies (and not involving only Information and Communication Technology), leading to an optimised use of humanitarian funding and an enhanced response to urgent needs in humanitarian aid settings, notably those in a most vulnerable situation (taking age, gender, disability and minority status into consideration), in the following categories : a) shelter and related assistance; b) water, sanitation and hygiene; c) energy; d) health and medical care; and e) open category
PRIZE AMOUNT(S):5 M EUR10
Five prizes of EUR 1 million will be awarded, one in each of the following categories a) shelter and related assistance; b) water, sanitation and hygiene; c) energy; d) health and medical care; and e) open category.
The contest is open to all legal entities (i.e. natural or legal persons, including international organisations) or groups of legal entities.
The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestants who, in the opinion of the jury, demonstrates a solution that best meets the following cumulative criteria.
- new solution tested successfully in a real environment, with a demonstrated potential of adaptability and scalability under different humanitarian aid settings and responding to the needs of those in a most vulnerable situation (taking age, gender, disability and minority into consideration)
- quality and sustainability of the solution based on frugal application of advanced technologies, including the technological components (no ICT-only solutions)
- affordability and improved cost-effectiveness for beneficiaries and organisations responding to crisis
- engagement with end users and perspective of a business case