DataWind and UN launch app development contest for women's empowerment

By Kul Bhushan | Updated 11 Jan 2013
DataWind and UN launch app development contest for women's empowerment
  • App developers can look forward to featuring their apps on DataWind's Ubislate educational tablet, and win cash prizes, by participating in DataWind-UN's 'Global Apps to Empower' contest.

DataWind and the United Nations Office for Partnerships in coordination with the other international bodies  - Agnite Education, American Digital University, Applications for Good and Equal Access International - have announced a ‘Global Apps to Empower’ competition.

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Under the competition, the app developers have to create apps that encourage women's empowerment in various sectors including jobs and entrepreneurship, education and conflict resolution. Winning apps will be receive cash prizes and the opportunity to have their apps listed in DataWind’s Ubislate educational tablet, the commercial version of the Aakash tablet.

The competition will be held from now through April 30, 2013 while the winners will be announced in July 2013.

Visit www.AppsToEmpower.org for more and detailed information on contest rules, a complete list of judges, deadline and submission guideline.

“Our challenge is to leverage the power of technology and bridge the digital divide,” says UN Secretary General Moon. “We need to do more to help all children and young people make the most of the opportunities provided by information and communications technology – especially all those who are still unconnected from the digital revolution.”

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“Our goal is to feature apps on our tablets for young women in developing countries who seek to become leaders in their communities; to be mentored by some of the best leaders currently in business and government; to learn how to start businesses; find meaningful work; and gain a practical skill that can improve not only her life but the lives of those in her community,” says DataWind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli.


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