GovHack Series

The GovTech Prize, in partnership with the World Government Summit, Area 2071, Mckinsey, and in collaboration with Union, launches the GovHack Series. The GovHack Series is a yearlong competition to find some of the most innovative and impactful startups that can help governments solve specific problems that benefit their citizens.

The GovHack Series will take place across eight international cities. Each city has selected one of four competition themes. The winner from each of the eight cities will be awarded with $10,000 USD and will advance to compete for the grand prize of $100,000 USD at the finale event taking place during the World Government Summit in Dubai in February 2019. All eight winning startups will also be invited to attend an incubation program in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Apply now to win cash prizes, access new customer opportunities, meet investors and make invaluable international connections to advance your startup.

How it Works

  • All startups must submit their application through the GovHack Series website before the city-specific application deadline listed below.
  • Up to 15 startups will be selected to present and compete at each city event. Competing startups will be notified before the competition dates and be invited to compete at the event.
  • Competing startups will meet at their respective city’s competition, which will take place over two days, where valuable panels and talks will be held, and startups will have the opportunity to take pitch coaching workshops in preparation for their final presentation.
  • A panel of judges will select one startup in each city as the winner based on the criteria as outlined in the “Rules & Judging Criteria” section below. The winner of each city will be announced the same day as the competition.
  • Winning solutions will be considered for pilot opportunities in local governments.

Challenges

Governance & Resilience
(Delhi & Washington D.C.)
Description
Emerging technologies are opening up new opportunities to allow governments to improve their operations. Startups applying to this challenge should be building emerging technologies, such as blockchain and AI, that aid governments in addressing issues of cybersecurity, privacy, data analytics, and other critical functions.
Cities
Economy & Wellbeing
(Jakarta & London)
Description
Notions of work life balance, health, intellectual engagement, social connectivity, civic engagement and more broadly well-being have become part of the frame of reference and expectations from citizens. Startups applying to this challenge should focus on how technology and data collection help government improve citizen well-being, simplify decision-making or streamline analytics.
Cities
Environment & Health
(Santiago & Tokyo)
Description
Citizens have become accustomed to participating in the sharing economy with and using other technology in their day-to-day lives. Startups applying to this challenge should be building technology that could be applied to the sharing economy that positively impact the health of local citizens or help the environment.
Cities
Future and Progress
(Cairo & Berlin)
Description
The risk of automation displacing millions of jobs worldwide in the next decade is now a well-known fact. However, what is not known is what new jobs will be created. Concurrently, the type of skills people acquire and the way they acquire them has seen only incremental change over the past decades. Startup applying to this challenge should be working on addressing the way we learn and acquire skills to cope with the incoming disruptions in the labor market.
Cities

When and Where


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Applicants Submission Deadline
Delhi 5/10/18 Apply Now
Tokyo 6/4/18 Apply Now
Santiago 6/14/18 Apply Now
Jakarta 7/14/18 Apply Now
Washington DC 8/17/18 Apply Now
London 9/17/18 Apply Now
Berlin 10/18/18 Apply Now
Cairo 11/15/18 Apply Now
Grand Finale 12/15/18  

Prizes

Prizes

Each city winner will receive $10,000 USD, and winning solutions will be considered for pilot opportunities in their local governments to help further develop their solution.

All eight winning startups will also be flown to Dubai to compete for a grand prize of $100,000 USD at the World Government Summit 2019 and be invited to join a 90-day incubation program in Area 2071 in Dubai following the Summit.

Benefits for All Competitors

All participants will receive pitch training from mentors and experts to ensure you are ready to take the stage in front of an audience of investors, venture capitalists, dignitaries, public and private sector representatives.

Members of the local government and international community competing startups will be attending each city competition. As such, competing startups will have the opportunity to meet the relevant government officials in each city and network with government stakeholders as well as investors that are interested in the types of companies competing at the GovHack Series.

Rules & Judging Criteria

Rules

  • Your business must be a scalable product or service and in-market (MVP or pilots are fine but must fundamentally be beyond "idea stage').
  • The startup may be a for-profit business, NGO or public benefit company.
  • Your startup must have at least two team members.
  • Your startup’s product or service should be possible to implement in the city to which you are applying for from a technical and legal standpoint.

Judging Criteria

Judges will evaluate startups based on the following criteria:

  1. Novelty: All solutions selected will be assessed on their innovative quality and novelty. Judges will assess how original solutions brought forward are, and how creatively new technology has been leveraged.
  2. Impact on Society: All solutions must show a clear benefit and positive impact to society. Startups will need to prove how their product, with the help of local government, can help change people’s lives.
  3. Sustainability: As solutions will serve a public good, they must be financially sustainable and operationally sustainable.
  4. Scalability: Solutions must be scalable, as the competition aims to serve the wider public.
  5. Ease of Implementation:  Solutions must be reasonably easy to implement as winning startups will potentially be asked to implement their solutions with local governments.
  6. Commercialization: Solutions will also be assessed on how viable the product is. Can your product go to market, is there sufficient talent in the region to drive this solution, can the solution gain traction quickly, will the solution generate value, are all key assessments of the commercialization of your solution.
  7. Presentation Skills: Teams will be assessed on their ability to convey a clear message on what their solution will do and how it will benefit their region. Pitch coaches will be present on the day of the competition to help guide teams.

Frequently
Asked Questions

About the competition

As various stakeholders across the globe strive to find innovative solutions to resolve pressing global challenges, The GovTech Prize has taken an initiative to find entities and individuals who are on the path to developing great solutions for growing issues, The GovTech Prize then sets out to acknowledge their efforts, connect them to one another and award them. The GovHack Series is one of the missions of GovTech prize to do just that. The GovHack Series believes some of the greatest solutions to growing regional issues exists in the hands of bright startups across the world, and has set out on a mission to find, grow and reward them for their efforts.
The GovTech Prize has had a number of competitions and awards which aim to of find governments and individuals across the world that provide innovative solutions to global challenges. At its inception the GovHack Prize had set out to find governments that proved to provide the best mobile services applications, it has now branched out to multiple awards and competitions including an award for the Best Emerging Technologies in Government and a Block Chain Virtual GovHack competition. Winners of these awards assemble at the end of the GovHack Prize year in February to be awarded in one of the most prominent events in the Middle East, The World Government Summit.
The GovTech Prize has had a number of competitions and awards which aim to of find governments and individuals across the world that provide innovative solutions to global challenges. At its inception the GovHack Prize had set out to find governments that proved to provide the best mobile services applications, it has now branched out to multiple awards and competitions including an award for the Best Emerging Technologies in Government and a Block Chain Virtual GovHack competition. Winners of these awards assemble at the end of the GovHack Prize year in February to be awarded in one of the most prominent events in the Middle East, The World Government Summit.

Apply the competition?

  • All companies must submit an application by the deadline for their city through the GovHack Website here (Link).
  • Up to 15 competing startups from each city will be selected
  • The selected startups will compete on stage in front of a panel of judges
  • The judges will select the winning startup of the GovHack Series from each city based on preselected criteria (see above)
  • The winners of each city will come to Dubai to present their companies and pitch during the World Government Summit 2019 as well as participate in a 90-day incubation program
  • The winner of the World Government Summit 2019 will win a grand prize of $100,000

The application deadline for each city is:

Delhi: 05/10/2018
Tokyo: 06/04/2018
Santiago: 06/14/2018
Jakarta: 07/14/2018
Washington DC: 08/17/2018
London: 09/17/2018
Berlin: 10/18/2018
Cario: 11/15/2018
All startups will receive an email of rejection of acceptance, at least one week before the competition date.

Competition Rules and Guidelines?

Judges will evaluate startups based on the following criteria (Please refer to the judging criteria section for detailed information):

  1. Novelty
  2. Impact on Society
  3. Sustainability
  4. Scalability
  5. Ease of implementation
  6. Commercialization
  7. Presentation Skills
Only one team member is allowed to pitch on competition day.
The pitch coach will help you with you pitching your solution to the judges before you present. He/She will not provide any support on the solution itself, or any added support during pitching.
The pitch will be strictly 3 minutes long. There will be a 2 minutes for question and answer from the judges. However, you have the chance to network together and perhaps answer any inquiries afterwards.
For any questions regarding your pitches, please email us at info@govhackseries.ae.

Logistics

The general schedule can be found on the GovHack website and if your startups is selected to pitch you will receive a separate information packet with all the details needed.
The location of the competition day will be communicated closer to the event day in each city.
Dress code is casual/smart casual for all days of participation

Contact Us

  • info@govhackseries.ae
  • #Govhackseries

About GovTechPrize

The GovTech Prize is an annual global award designed to motivate world government entities, startups and students to promote creative smart government initiatives & partnerships and create innovative technological solutions that contribute to solving common global challenges.

The GovTech Prize is launching its new GovHack Series that will be running for the 1st time under GovTech Prize.