To mark World Environment Day 2015, ICIMOD is pleased to launch the ICT for Mountain Development Award 2015 on 5 June for the second consecutive year. The award recognises innovations, use and applications of Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICTD) that help to promote mountain development and environmental conservation. More details are given below and also available on our website at www.icimod.org/ict4md
ICT for Development is increasingly being used across the world, including in some parts of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region (HKH). However, we do not yet have a comprehensive picture of its use, application and proliferation in the mountain environment context. We hope that through this annual ICT for Mountain Development Award, we will be able to learn more about its usage and application – where, how and what is being done in the region to benefit mountain communities.
All forms of ICT (mobile, radio, Internet, digital content, blogs, robotics, multimedia, etc.) relevant to mountain development and environmental conservation are eligible for submission. In other words, the basic criteria is that the ICT for Development initiative should be one that has been applied in the HKH region, has a clear focus on mountain development or mountain environment, and has made an impact on the ground.
The award(s) will be announced on the occasion of International Mountain Day (IMD), 11 December 2015. Winners will receive prizes along with a certificate of recognition.
We look forward to your active participation and receiving your submissions. Please note that our deadline is Friday, 30 October 2015.
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Call for Participation: ICT for Mountain Development Award 2015 (5 June 2015)
About ICT for Mountain Development Award 2015
On the occasion of the World Environment Day (WED), ICIMOD is pleased to launch the ICT for Mountain Development Award for the second consecutive year. The Award recognises innovations in information and communications technology for Development (ICTD) that can help promote mountain development and environmental conservation. The award(s) will be announced on International Mountain Day (IMD), 11 December 2015.
Although ICT for Development is increasingly being used across the world, including in some parts of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region (HKH) , we do not yet have a comprehensive picture of its use, application and proliferation in the mountain context of HKH. The annual ICT for Mountain Development Award would allow us and others working in this area to learn where, how and what is being done in the region in terms of ICT and mountain development. It will also help different thematic programmes build partnerships and support each other’s work in the region using ICT as an added enabler for mountain development. The award reflects the importance ICIMOD places on this emerging area of ICT for Development and gives continuity to ICIMOD’s efforts in this area
Through this initiative, key institutions and development practitioners in ICT for Development in the region can also be identified. Submissions from the applicants will bring to light the creative potential within the ICT for Development sector and enable us to share and promote good practices for the benefit of mountain communities. The award will thus have a positive multiplier effect.
A panel of judges will select winners/awardees after an initial screening and evaluation process. Each awardee will receive a prize and a certificate of recognition.
- To recognise innovations in ICT for Development that can promote mountain development and environmental conservation;
- To identify key institutions and practitioners working in ICT for Development and help build partnerships through ICIMOD’s regional programmes;
- To showcase and share innovative work being done in the interest of mountain communities.
Awards will be given based on the content and creativity of the submissions. The chief criteria is that such ICT for Development initiatives have been applied in the HKH region, have a clear focus on mountain development or mountain environment, and have made an impact on the ground. All forms of ICT (mobile, radio, Internet, digital content, blogs, robotics, multimedia, etc.) are eligible for submission.
Awards will be given in a number of categories. For this year, there will be awards in the current four thematic work areas of ICIMOD (livelihoods, water and air, ecosystem services, and geospatial solutions). There could also be other categories such as ‘audience choice award’ and/or ‘special mentions award’. While the applicants are required to choose one of the broad categories, including ‘others’, they can focus on a specific work area while making the submission, e.g., mountain agriculture, disaster management, forestry, environment, mountain tourism, open data, inclusion, etc. The same work cannot be submitted in multiple categories.
Start and Closing Dates for Submission, Award Announcement Date
Applicants will have to submit their work electronically through a web-based interface. This is a free and open call. There is no fee to enter a submission. We will accept submissions from the day we call for applications (5 June 2015, World Environment Day) till Friday, 30 October 2015. A panel of judges will select winners/awardees after an initial screening and evaluation process. The winners/awardees will be announced on International Mountain Day (IMD), 11 December 2015.
Who Can Participate?
The call is open to anyone residing in any part of the world as long as the project case/work is relevant to the context of HKH. Individuals, entrepreneurs, development practitioners and institutions are all eligible to submit their work.
Submission Form and Basic Guidelines
- Kindly go through the information provided above before filling the form.
- Please ensure that the information you have provided is accurate and up-to-date.
- It is recommended that you fill in all fields.
- After filling out the form, if you want to share a presentation/video clip about your project, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org the project name.
- Irrespective of the language used in the project, all information provided must be in English.
- Incomplete forms will not be considered.
- All entries have to be real products or solutions that have already been implemented. No drafts, demos or unfinished projects/work will be considered.
- ICIMOD, as organiser, reserves the right to reject any submission/entry without assigning any reason.
For further information contact:
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
P.O. Box 3226, Kathmandu, Khumaltar, Lalitpur
Phone: 977-1-5003222; Email: email@example.com
– Nira Gurung
Senior Communications Officer
Knowledge Management and Communications
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal
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