University Digital Innovation Challenge.

Digital transformation in Tanzania is offering many digital solutions that are helping in fostering socio-economic development in the country. Individuals and institutions are coming up with innovative and creative digital solutions aimed at solving existing problems in society. Unfortunately, most solutions go unnoticed which slows down the speed of digitization in Tanzania. Digital Innovation Challenge seeks to shed a spotlight on digital solutions with a view of promoting viable digital solutions in Tanzania.

Specifically, this will be conducted in universities to provide room for innovators in higher learning institutions to showcase their innovations. This is because through universities we have the potential of inventing youthful innovations for the future of digital transformation in Tanzania. Also, this initiative is preparing youth and encouraging them to make use of digital skills in solving socio-economic problems..

Objectives

The overall objective of the digital innovation challenge is to promote digital innovation in Tanzania. Specifically, the program seeks to attain the following.

Approach

The Digital Innovation challenge focus is to identify and promote digital solutions in the country. The program will set criteria through which digital solutions will be gauged and selected. Innovators will submit their solutions by filling and submitting a web-based form.

Exceptionally the program will be physically conducted in three major universities in Tanzania to give university students a special opportunity to present their innovative solution to the world. Universities will be given special priority because they are the number one source of innovative solutions in Tanzania. The overall process of the digital solutions challenge will involve online submission for the public and direct presentation by students in the selected universities. The selected panel of four experts will establish judging criteria.

Five outstanding solutions will be selected as finalists to be announced and rewarded during the award ceremony.