2019 World Bank ID4D Mission Billion Challenge
Deadline: February 24, 2019.
Despite significant progress in recent years, one billion people are still unable to prove their identity, and millions more have forms of identification that cannot be reliably verified or authenticated. In an increasingly digital age, the lack of verifiable identification often results in exclusion from economic opportunities and a variety of social and political rights.
For the inaugural Mission Billion Challenge, the ID4D Initiative will start with an issue at the heart of digital identification design: privacy and user empowerment of their identification. As countries strive to provide identification to millions of people, there is an opportunity to inform the design of digital identification systems to enhance data protection and provide individuals with greater control over their personal data.
The Challenge aims to surface practical and cost-effective ‘privacy by design’ features that can be embedded into digital identification systems, such as:
- Providing greater oversight and control of personal data. Solutions that enable individuals to inspect, update and correct personal data; provide transparency regarding who has accessed their data and for what purpose; and the ability to seek redress for unauthorized use.
- Preventing the misuse of personal data. Solutions that can help protect an individual’s personal data from misuse or unintended disclosure, such as through minimizing, hiding, compartmentalizing personal data, tamper proof logs, or other means.
1. Innovations large or small. Human-centered solutions.
2. Tech solutions. Solutions that enhance digital identification systems.
3. ID4D considers solutions at all stages of development:
- Idea: A plan or concept by an individual or organization.
- Prototype: An individual or organization building and testing a product, service, or model.
- Pilot: An individual or organization deploying a tested product, service, or model in at least one location.
- Growth: An individual or organization with an established product, service or model rolled out, which is poised for further growth in multiple locations.
- Scale: An individual or organization working in several locations and that is looking to scale significantly, focusing on increased efficiency.
Finalists will be invited to a high-level event in Washington, D.C. to present their solutions in front of distinguished judges. A total of US$100,000 in cash prizes is available with a top prize of US$50,000.
The judging committee for the Mission Billion Challenge will be comprised of staff members from ID4D and MIT Solve, as well as other experts and leaders from across industries.
In the first round, the judging committee will perform an initial screening of all applications for completeness, for coherency, and for whether the solution appropriately addresses the challenge. Then our judges will score the screened applications to determine finalists. Here are the criteria the judges will use to score the applications on the website:
- Alignment: The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth.
- Context Appropriateness: The solution takes into account the context of developing countries, including low to no connectivity in some areas and little formal technical training among individuals, as well as low literacy and numeracy levels.
- Scalability and Ease of Use: The solution can easily be scaled to affect the lives of millions of people.
- Feasibility: It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself after implementation.
- Innovative Approach: This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, or a new process for solving the challenge.
In the second round, selected finalists will pitch before the challenge judges and a live audience during a pitch event in April. The judges will determine which solutions are the most promising. Those selected will receive prizes and support from ID4D.