The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesian IoT Association (ASIOTI), launched today the EU Social DigiThon competition themed “Aksi Muda untuk Perubahan” (“Youth Actions for Change”). This competition aims to bring creative and innovative minds from across Indonesia to develop ideas for digital-based solutions to address COVID-19-related challenges.
EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Piket said, “The pandemic has changed people's lives around the world and created pressures in profound ways. The elderly, women, children, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups in society are the most impacted from Covid-19. The EU Social DigiThon is a bid to help find innovative solutions to socio-economic challenges in Indonesia that have been amplified by the COVID-19 crisis.”
The EU Social DigiThon competition is looking for project ideas to address one of the following three areas: challenges faced by children and youth; challenges faced by women and girls; or challenges faced by people with disabilities. Participants will have to submit their ideas in the form of a concept note. Ten finalists will be selected to pitch their solutions to a jury panel comprising representatives from the EU Delegation, ASIOTI and the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan). Three winners will receive guidance and support to implement their projects and have their ideas realised.
Andy Yentriani, Commissioner of Komnas Perempuan, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to increase gender-based violence, psychologically and physically, against women and girls in Indonesia. Women also face higher risks of falling into extreme poverty, as compared to men. We expect youth participation to propose creative solutions to address these problems, for instance through the EU Social DigiThon.”
Secretary General of ASIOTI, Fita Indah Maulani said, “Young Indonesian innovators could increase their social awareness and base their ideas on urgent needs they witness around them. They can then propose ideas on the use of easy to apply IoT technologies to help finding solutions to these problems.”
The EU Social DigiThon competition begins on 19 January 2021 with submissions due by 21 February 2021 at 17:00 Jakarta time.
To participate and for more info: https://digithon.app