The Civic Tech Leadership Program is pleased to announce the selection of six exceptional project teams, and eight honorable mentions, from a highly competitive group of video submissions. We congratulate the many dedicated, hard-working teams who collaborated across great distances and language barriers to complete the program, and we look forward to supporting them in their future endeavors.
The 16 young civic innovators who have been invited to Silicon Valley, California, and Washington, D.C., to meet with technologists, policymakers, and elected officials in April 2017 are:
|Ahmed Galal Elmorshedy (Egypt), Stephen Douglas Wright (United States), and Younes Serrar (Algeria) for their project idea BetterVote, an online platform that would seek to combat misinformation efforts during electoral campaigns in the Middle East and North Africa by collecting and displaying independently-verified information about candidates, including their policy proposals and campaign finances.|
|Clara Tsao (United States) Flora Wang (United States), and Wala Ben Ali (Tunisia) for their project idea Saeduni, an Arabic-language mobile app that would seek to support immigrant victims of domestic violence in the United States by enabling non-native English speakers to safely report domestic abuse and connect with support groups.|
|Eric Jackson (United States) and Sanad Baja (Libya) for their project idea Masahati, a blockchain-based system that would seek to protect the property rights of citizens and businesses in Libya by digitizing land records through a transparent, secure, and multi-stakeholder blockchain land register.|
|Adam Zibak (Syria) and Awatef Riahi (Tunisia) for their project idea Eye on Corruption, an open-source platform that would enable citizens to submit and map anonymous reports of bribery demands, using SMS, smartphones or the web.|
|Ashley Amin (United States), Philip Crehan (United States), Rachel Gabriel (United States), and George Philoubos (Egypt) for their project idea, a data collection and visualization tool that would seek to assess the education levels of Syrian refugee children in Jordan, identify access gaps and recommend ‘best fit’ educational programs to aid workers.|
|Azzen Abidi (Tunisia) and Senda Reguei (Tunisia) for their project idea: an online platform that would seek to empower people with disabilities in Tunisia by connecting them with providers of essential services such as education and healthcare through a simple, easy-to-use platform.|
The selection committee received 29 video pitches in all. While the program is designed as a leadership program rather than as a civic tech incubator, the video pitches were evaluated on a range of criteria including the proposed project’s potential for real-world social impact and the inclusion of marginalized populations in the project design.
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