If you have an idea that can improve the lives of people in the Muslim World, then GISTech-I is for you. The Global Initiative through Science and Technology (GIST), in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has an ongoing regional competition for novel ideas that can technologically solve important issues in the fields of Information and Communication Technology, Energy, Health, Agriculture, and related areas. A total of US$ 45,000 in grants is at stake, with a US$ 20,000 grant for the grand prize winner.
How can I join GISTech-I?
GIST members from any eligible country can join the contest (membership is free). Each applicant should upload a 2-minute YouTube video that describes the technological idea, the problem that it will solve, and why it is the best solution. Upon submission, each applicant will also include a short 150-word written description of the idea. The deadline for submission of videos is on October 31, 2011 at 12 Midnight GMT -5. For a complete list of eligibility criteria, please click here.
How will I be selected?
The selection process involves two phases:
Phase I: Online Voting
Right after the submission deadline, 25 semi-finalists will be chosen via online voting. Voters will judge each 2-minute video based on the idea’s quality, originality, ingenuity, commercialization potential, and relevance. The semi-finalists chosen will also be asked to provide an executive summary, which will be examined by a panel of international judges. The panel includes entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalist investors, and technology experts.
Phase II: Live Presentation
The 25 semi-finalists will travel to Amman, Jordan (all expenses shouldered by GIST) on December 19 to present their idea in a two-day workshop event. Participants will receive coaching from GIST experts on the first day and then, deliver a 10-minute presentation to a panel of three judges the day after. Apart from the criteria used on the first phase, judges will also consider each participant’s presentation and Q&A skills.
What is at stake?
The first prize winner and first runner-up will receive US$20,000 and US$10,000 grants, respectively. Each of the next four (4) runners-up will be awarded US$5,000 grants, while five (5) honorable mentions will receive one US$ 2,000 grant each.