This Challenge is not intended for purchasing or otherwise marketing the winning solution – rather, CTNSP will make a concerted effort to publicize the winning solution within the US government, international demining and international development community (communities of interest/communities of practice – COI/COP). The intent is to let such COIs/COPs make their own decision on the potential use and applicability of the winning solution for various countries, regions and scenarios.

All challenge submissions must demonstrate appropriate knowledge of SMS and smartphone applications based on their capabilities, flexibility and reliability and must allow developers to finish upgrading applications, expand their documentation while making the solution ready for real world use. Submissions from public and private entities, labs, startups, students, developers, programmers and others are encouraged. It is recommended, but not required, that submissions be developed in collaboration with:

(1) a software developer;

(2) an app/solution provider capable of providing insight into available data and agency operations;  

(3) an app/solution provider capable of providing necessary information regarding network specifications and capabilities;

(4) and an experienced adviser capable of providing insights into real life applicability of the technology solution.

All submissions must demonstrate how the new app/solution can work, or how to improve an existing application; articulate how the developer or programmer intends to make this solution sustainable following the completion of the competition; articulate the manner in which the application will produce or improve ERW or land mine reporting; specify the interface that will be used to support the best solution, and specify the proposed method of acquiring and updating the data; and identify appropriate and obtainable impact measures.

Participants are encouraged to review sample existing applications that address concerns similar to the Challenge question, as well as mobile reporting systems designed for ordinary citizens to report on civil society matters:

  1. IMSMA: The Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA) developed under the supervision of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).
  2. Ushahidi: open source software for information collection, visualization, and interactive mapping, originally created in 2008 as a response to Kenya’s post-election violence.
  3. ActivityInfo: An online humanitarian project monitoring tool, which helps humanitarian organisations to collect, manage, map and analyse indicators.
  4. UNMAS Landmine and ERW safety: an application designed to complement the Landmine and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Safety Handbook, produced by the United Nations.
  5. Weapons Law Encyclopedia: an online encyclopaedia of public international law applicable to weapons.
  6. Safedem: Space Assets For Enhanced DEMining (SADA)
  7. CAT-UXO: a campaign to raise funds to set up a database for ERW
  8. Reporting via mobile phones the incidents of rape and sexual harassment in India using CGNet Swara
  9. Use of mobile phones to detect and deter corruption with http://www.u4.no/