AppIdea2R Contest – System App for Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals represent a unique opportunity for the world to work together on 17 critical measures that embody the collective aspirations of the world’s citizens. Reaching the SDGs will enable all of us to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. It will not be an easy task, and to make meaningful progress, we will need to leverage the best tools available.

 

Role of ICT is irrefutable in terms of different fields of life including sustainable water management, combating climate change, healthcare, poverty alleviation, food security, education, efficient energy use or management, sustainable industrialization and foster innovation, protection of terrestrial ecosystems, and revitalization of global cooperation etc. Therefore, Information Communication Technology has tremendous potential to accelerate progress towards reaching the SDGs. In essence, ICTs are “leapfrog” and transformational technologies can enable all countries to close many technology gaps at record speed. It is also claimed that future advances in ICTs including mobile broadband, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and artificial intelligence, 3-D printing, and others will provide the tools for additional, unprecedented advances in healthcare, education, energy services, agriculture, and environmental monitoring and protection.

 

AppIdea2R Contest aims to develop software applications related to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The app submitted in the Contest should address at least one of the 17 SDGs, either for awareness creation or to contribute to progress towards meeting the SDGs. The AppIdea2R Contest will be an open opportunity for university students in Pakistan and other ECO countries viz Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to win prizes as well as become part of an international team to solve the social problems. This activity will help Pakistan in connecting the youth in ECO region with particular reference to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Scope

AppIdea2R Contest aim to develop software applications related to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The app submitted to the Contest should address at least one of the 17 SDGs either for awareness creation or to contribute to progress towards meeting the SDGs.


Submissions may be any kind of software application, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public.


The AppIdea2R Contest is designed for university students of ECO region which include: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.


AppIdea2R Contest is a two phase contest: first phase consists of App Idea Contest; second phase comprises of App Development Contest.

Objectives

The AppIdear2R Contest provides separate opportunity for ECO region students who can generate ideas or have app developing skills to use their ideas and technological knowledge, their ingenuity and their creativity to come up with an original System App that can be use every day. The goal of this Contest is to provide an engaging and empowering learning experience to increase student interest and knowledge in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To develop software applications for web, personal computer, mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public on SDGs to:

  • Make progress towards SDG by developing solution to local problem.
  • Create awareness of SDGs at national & international levels, especially in ECO member states.

Outcome

We are entering in the new era of SDGs. Emerging innovative technologies are changing the earlier communication practices. New technologies are forcibly delineating the structure of communications. That’s why we need to redefine how citizens involve with the structures that govern their lives.

 

The AppIdea2R Contest is expected to generate the following outcomes and results:

  • Youth will become part for awareness raising on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will become future ambassadors to promote and popularize SDGs
  • Technology will advantage to facilitate and monitor the progress on SDGs
  • Youth will be empowered with the skills and confidence to develop System Apps for Sustainable Development
  • New tools will be created to access open data in an accessible way
  • Development Sector will engage the Ideas and Apps, which will ultimately help to achieve SDGs
  • Inter-university coordination among ECO member states universities will enhance
  • Cultural exchange will grow among ECO member state university students
  • Will help to bring closer the ECO region student community
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