Innovators’ Exchange Study Mission

The teams responsible for the top video submissions in the Civic Tech Leadership Program will be selected for a study mission to Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley for additional skills-building. The visit will help translate their learning experience into real-world change by connecting with technologists, policymakers, elected officials, and civic innovators.

Minimum Requirements

  • Completion of the Technology for Accountability Lab and Civic Tech Leaders Virtual Exchange.
    • Participants must earn a Statement of Accomplishment in the Technology for Accountability Lab and a Certificate of Completion for the Virtual Exchange.
  • Participants must be eligible to travel to the United States.  Those under consideration for travel will be asked to submit a valid travel document (such as a copy of a passport) during the Virtual Exchange and will have to apply for a travel visa from the U.S. Department of State with the support of NDI and the Stevens Initiative.
  • NOT a current employee of the National Democratic Institute, Stanford University or the Institute for Representative Government.

Selection Criteria

Subject to participant and geographic diversity, a Selection Committee appointed by NDI, Stanford CDDRL and the Institute for Representative Government will review video submissions and score teams on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the project presentation,
  • Potential for real-world social impact of the proposed project,
  • Cross-cultural dialogue in project presentation: use of English and Arabic language, as well as the inclusion of cultural references and context from the United States and the Middle East,
  • Evidence of contributions from all team members,
  • Creativity,
  • Inclusion of marginalized populations in the project design, and
  • Volume and nature of appreciative peer comments on shared video submissions.