GovHack Series

The GovTech Prize, in partnership with the World Government Summit, Area 2017, Mckinsey, and in collaboration with UNION, launches the GovHack Series. The GovHack series is a number of global challenges which aim to find the most innovative and impactful technological solutions developed by local top-tier technology startups, and ultimately can help governments solve global challenges, and produce innovative solutions that benefit the global community.

The GovHack Series will take place across 8 different cities. Winners from each of the 8 cities will be awarded with $10,000 and qualify to compete for the grand prize of $100,000 at the finale event during the World Government Summit in Dubai in February 2019. All 8 winning startups will also have the opportunity to attend a 90 days incubation program in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Apply now and be one of the few who will take your startup to another level.

How it Works

  • All startups must submit an application through the GovHack Series website before the closing date of each city
  • 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 invited to compete at the event.
  • Competing shortlisted startups will meet at their respective cities challenge, which will take place over 2 days, where both round table discussions will be held, and startup receive pitch coaching will take place for final presentation.
  • A panel of judges will select 1 startup in each city as the winner based on the criteria set in the below section. Winners of the city will be announced on the day.
  • Post competition, winning startups will be connected with the relevant local government stakeholders to help refine and pilot their solutions

Challenges

Governance & Resilience
Description
Artificial Intelligence is pushing the boundaries of policy-making, opening up new opportunities to assist governments with a number of governance-related solutions. However, where AI has the potential to affect human wellbeing and improve service delivery, it also raises questions of liability and ethics.
Challenge
Startups applying for this challenge should be leveraging emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Block chain to aid governments in addressing issues of collecting, analyzing and utilizing large flows of data while preserving privacy and security.
Cities
Economy & Wellbeing
Description
Citizens increasingly expect more than economic prosperity from their governments. 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.
Challenge
Startups applying to this challenge should be utilizing big data applications and predictions to help improve decision making and analytics and help improve human wellbeing.
Cities
Environment & Health
Description
Younger generations are becoming increasingly uninterested in owning assets with access and usage being more important than ownership. Technology has enabled the sharing economy to scale up in selected areas with the rise of companies like Uber, Airbnb and others. On the other hand, the circular economy and the effective reuse of waste and goods remains more of hobby or subscale lifestyle choice.
Challenge
This challenge calls for startup utilizing the concepts of circular economy to create new products and services that help the environment and impact in(directly) the healthcare of its citizens.
Cities
Future and Progress
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.
Challenge
This challenge addresses startups working on disrupting 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

The winner of the GovHack Series in each city will receive $10,000 USD, and the opportunity to work closely with the cities local government to help further develop their solution.
Winners from each of the cities will then be flown to Dubai to participate in a 90-day incubation program in Dubai, and compete for a grand prize of $100,000 USD at the World Government Summit 2019.

Benefits

To help competing shortlisted startups, GovHack Series will provide pitch training by mentors and experts to help refine their messages to a large array of audience of investors, venture capitalists, dignitaries, public and private sector representatives. As the event will include some of prominent members of the local government and international community competing startups will have the opportunity to meet the relevant government officials in each city and have the chance to network with government stakeholders and investors.

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'). Startups with traction have an advantage
  • 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.
  • Your startup must be less than 3 years old

Judging Criteria

Judges will evaluate startups based on the following criteria:

  1. Novelty: All solutions selected will strongly 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 to do so.
  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. Teams will need consider the longevity of this solution in terms of resources involved for delivery.
  4. Scalability: Solutions must be scalable, as the competition aims to serve the wider public. Solutions must have the capability to be replicated in larger areas, and can be transported country wide, or even globally.
  5. Ease of Implementation: As winning startups will be asked to implement their solutions with local governments, solutions must be feasible to implement.
  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: Lastly, 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.