Technology for Development Challenge

About the Challenge

The Australia Solomon Islands Technology for Development Challenge aims to use technology to connect and support young people in Solomon Islands to maximise their skills and education to access jobs across the country and internationally. Through a competitive selection process the Challenge identified four sustainable technology driven solutions with cyber security and privacy inherent by design.

Building on previous successful initiatives run by DFAT’s Innovation Xchange the Challenge demonstrates Australia’s commitment to encourage the use of digital technology to support sustainable and inclusive development.

The Challenge winners

Over 50 proposals were received from Australia and Solomon Islands between September and December 2018. Following a detailed assessment by a panel of judges from government, industry, and civil society in Solomon Islands and Australia, the Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Tobias Feakin officially announced the four winners at an awards ceremony in Honiara.

The four winning projects from Solomon Islands and Australia are:

Youth Career Guide by Pasifiki HR

An online platform that will offer a hybrid of career guide and job message board service.

Edgar Pollard

For further information please see Pasifiki HR

Olgeta by Catalpa International

A mobile technology driven platform which will use micro-learning to develop skills, link youth to jobs, and employers to skilled candidates.

Kara Chesal

For further information please see Catalpa International

An on-ramp to the new digital economy in the Solomon Islands by HitNet

Solar powered touchscreen hubs which will enable access to education and job-related information.

Julie Gibson

For further information please see Hitnet

Every building is a Classroom by Common Code

A platform that maps underutilised facilities suitable for use as classrooms, enabling delivery of education in those spaces.

Cameron Neil

For further information please see Common Code

Challenge background

One of the goals of Australia’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy is to use digital technologies to achieve sustainable development and inclusive economic growth in the Indo-Pacific. This includes partnering with governments and educational institutions to build digital-ready workforces and support digital upskilling across the Indo-Pacific.

Each winner has received a grant, funded by the Cyber Cooperation Program, which can be used to access professional mentoring from technology, development and business experts. The goal of each projects is to develop a prototype, to trial this prototype in the Solomon Islands and support opportunities to develop a scalable business model, which can be pitched to potential investors.

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Last Updated: 26 September 2019