What is Challenge Fund?


Challenge Fund is a competitive process, intended to solve a national problem, where the wining innovative ideas or projects will be awarded a fund or grant for implementing the solution.

The purpose of Challenge Fund is to

  • Address and seek solutions of the problems which are seemingly unsolvable.
  • Involve general people to find solutions of these problems.
  • Create enthusiasm among the people of a fair competition and winning awards and recognition in solving national problems.
  • Trigger early stage nationwide scalable innovation and offer required financial and technical support.



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Problem Statements

Online Tracking Platform for monitoring Industrial Water use, reuse and recycle .


In absence of Industry metering, water is seen as an unlimited and cost-free resource resulting in uncontrolled water abstraction and effluent discharge. Attaching a cost to the resource and asking the industry to invest in recycle and reuse would be a daunting task. So, the intended solution needs to be cost effective, durable, low maintenance and user friendly and giving accurate results to garner confidence in the industry. The intended system will deploy advanced technologies that were not tested in local context before. So, ground reality and long-term hassle-free operation should be considered. Teams would require guidance of industry experts in designing a worthy solution. Breadth and depth of the solution depends on the imagination of the respective teams. Teams can consult with other already deployed ideas in countries with similar setting. Coders are expected to develop GPS/GIS based tools and water foot-print-data from main sources to environmental discharges. Data storage and visualization libraries available as open sources shall be made available as resources to the participating teams.

Citizens' Water Tool Analytics and Peer-to-Peer Comparison Platform for Data Access and Visualization of Urban Users’ Water Foot Print in Bangladesh


The intended system will deploy advanced technologies that were not tested in local context before. So, ground reality and long-term hassle-free operation should be considered. Teams would require guidance of Urban water experts in designing a worthy solution. Existing automation projects of DWASA should be considered and solution should be compatible with the existing infrastructure. Breadth and depth of the solution depends on the imagination of the respective teams. Teams can consult with other already deployed ideas in countries with similar setting. Coders are expected to develop GPS/GIS based tools and water foot-print-data from main sources. Data storage and visualization libraries available as open sources shall be made available as resources to the participating teams.
Application must be submitted by
June 30, 2021



FAQ


1

Who is eligible to apply?

Any consortium/organization is eligible to apply if the solution is practical and feasible.

2

Can I apply with a non-technical solution?

No. Only technical solutions are encouraged.

3

Can I enter the competition as an individual?

NO. Any individual interested to apply must get associated with an organization before applying.

4

How many steps of evaluation are there in the process?

3 steps. Shortlisting, Screening and Technical Expert Panel Evaluation.

5

What is the winning prize?

-Maximum fund of 25 lac BDT for piloting the project. The amount of fund will be decided by Technical Expert Panel and Executive Committee of a2i.

6

When will the results be announced?

The selected proposal applicants will be contacted from a2i as soon as the evaluation process has been completed.

7

What to do if I don’t get a confirmation mail?

It would usually mean you are have not been qualified.

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Where to contact for technical problems?

Please send your queries at aif.support@a2i.gov.bd