Join the Challenge!

Monday, December 10, 2018

How can digital identification systems in developing countries be better designed or adapted to protect people’s privacy and empower them with greater control over their personal data?

We are looking for creative solutions from academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, and engaged citizens to participate in the inaugural World Bank Group #MissionBillion Challenge to help bring good ID to all.

Despite significant progress in recent years, an estimated one billion people are still unable to prove their identity, and millions more have forms of identification that cannot be reliably verified or authenticated. Today, the lack of verifiable identification often results in exclusion from economic opportunities and a variety of social and political rights.

The World Bank Group's ID4D Initiative is launching an innovation challenge at the heart of digital identification design: privacy and user empowerment of their identification. You are invited to submit practical and cost-effective ‘privacy by design’ solutions that can be embedded into digital identification systems.

Be part of the change

The Question?
The core question! “How can digital identification systems in developing countries be designed to protect people’s privacy and provide them with greater control over their personal data?”

Problem
Despite significant progress in recent years, nearly a 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.
“Half of the one billion ‘invisible’ people without a formal identity are in Africa. No ID means no access to health, education, social protection and other vital services.”

How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit their proposals through the event website: http://id4d.worldbank.org/missionbillion

Prize!
Cash prizes totaling $100,000, with a top prize of $50,000

Legibility
Mission Billion is open to:
• Individuals, including academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists and other engaged citizens; and
• Organizations involved in research, advocacy, design and implementation of digital identification systems, including startups, foundations, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations.

Timelines

Accepting Solutions
Challenge Opens November 30th 2018

Evaluating Solutions
Deadline to submit a solution February 24th 2019
Finalists Announce March 14th 2019
Pitch Event Washington, D.C. April 2019

The inaugural Mission Billion Challenge is powered by the MIT Solve platform, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,that uses open innovation and crowdsourcing to solve global challenges. Through this MIT Solve platform, innovators and organizations, can submit a solution to the Mission Billion Challenge. Submissions will be evaluated by committees formed of staff members of the World Bank and partner organizations.
The final evaluation panel will be composed of globally recognized experts in the field of digital identification systems.

Uganda Local Partner; NITA-U
http://id4d.worldbank.org/missionbillion