Massive Online Innovation Challenge
A global platform designed to create and accelerate social change by harnessing power of technology

About


Massive Online Innovation Challenge is an online platform for non-profit organizations to host challenges and for innovators to build solutions. Real-world problems in healthcare, education, energy, public safety, transportation, and economic development are curated from Non-Profit Organizations, Non-governmental organizations, Civil societies, and Governments across the globe. These problems are carefully drafted as six-week challenges and are opened to innovators across the globe. Out of the 6-week duration, the first week is used for bonding, four weeks for development and last week for wrapping up. Innovators work under the guidance of mentors from non-profit organizations, academia, and industry. Solutions are evaluated based on the novelty, feasibility, and scalability, and winners are chosen. Developed solutions are deployed by the participating organization in association with the foundation. Successful solutions which need further refinement are drafted as new challenges and can be continued in the next cycle which happens right after the first cycle.

It is a first of its kind online platform that facilitates deployment of solutions besides developing them, thereby letting innovators witness their work impact lives of people.

Challenges could be aimed at developing tools to aid non-profit management or tools that could advance non-profit's mission or that could make their process more efficient. In short, anything that could create social impact could find a place on the platform. Two example challenges are 'Resource sharing among NGOs' and 'Software tools to provide the curriculum of Home-Based Neonatal Care (HBNC) through online medium'.


Organizations


Technology has advanced phenomenally over the last decade, opening up endless possibilities to advance social impact. Through this challenge, organizations have an incredible opportunity to explore the application of cutting edge technologies to the causes they support and initiatives they undertake. Organizations propose projects or provide ideas emphasizing problems related to their field of work, which could be solved using technology. Ideas could range from tools aimed at addressing management inefficiencies to apps aimed at providing niche services to software aimed at crunching data and providing analytics. Organizations also provide at least one mentor to guide the innovator along the course of the challenge. Developed solutions would be deployed by the participating organization in association with KONAM Foundation. Organizations would be part of an exclusive network, sharing developed solutions, practices, knowledge, and resources.


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Innovators


Innovators have a unique opportunity to ideate, innovate, implement and impact. They can hone technical skills, collaborate in a fast-paced atmosphere, learn from mentors, and most importantly, be a part of the cohort driving social change. Upon successful completion, innovators stand a chance to get a certificate and letter of recommendation from a mentor. Distinguished innovators could also get a letter of recommendation from one of our advisors from Carnegie Mellon University. Innovators would be provided with appropriate credit attribution.


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Mentors


Mentors help innovators navigate through the process of developing technological solutions for global challenges using their expertise and experience. Internal mentors are provided by the organization and act as a point of contact from the organization's end throughout the project. External mentors apply to the projects of interest by citing their expertise. Mentors work with innovators through the course of challenge and contribute to the successful completion of the project. Mentors would get a certificate of appreciation and letter of recommendation from the KONAM Foundation.


TIMELINE



  • Week 1

    Community Bonding

    Innovators learn about the challenge from the organization and bond with mentors

  • Week 2-5

    Development Phase

    Innovators develop solutions under the guidance of mentors and iterate it according to the requirements of the organization

  • Week 6

    Submission

    Innovators submit the solution along with a detailed report

  • Week 7

    Evaluation and Certification

    Submitted solutions are evaluated. Innovators and mentors are certified

  • Week 8

    Next Cycle & Deployment

    New challenges are hosted. Solutions from the previous cycle which need further refinement are drafted as additional new challenges. Successful solutions are deployed by the participating organization.