The National Youth Software Competition


A Joint initiative by the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, the National Youth Services Council and the United Nations Development Programme.The National Youth Software Competition follows the Government's vision of creating a digitally empowered nation. Building on UNDP's expertise of youth and innovation for development, the programme will be a scale up of UNDP's social Innovation Hackathon - HackaDev

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29th 30th
September, 2017

Eastern Province
Central Province
Uva Province
13th 14th
October, 2017

Sabaragamuwa Province
Western Province
Southern Province
28th 29th
October, 2017

North Central Province
North Western Province
Northern Province

Participants are required to arrive on the date prior to the competition. Accommodation and meals will be provided.

Rules & Guidelines

  • Deadline for submission on 15th September 2017

Team Composition
  • A team must consist of 5 members (minimum of 3 members)
  • Teams with a minimum of 1 female team member are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the shortlisting process

Prototype Development
  • Selected Teams can start designing and creating the basic structure of the project from the day of announcement but are allowed to bring a finalized product to the competition.
  • All the teams need to demonstrate a working product at the end of the 2nd day in the competition.
  • Teams are free to use any technology, platform and tools they wish to.

  • Teams will have full ownership of the prototypes they build and code.

Evaluation Process and Criteria
  • Teams will be evaluated based on the following criteria.
  • The solution should be relevant to the problem specified.
  • Creativity and Out of the box thinking.
  • Simplicity and potential for scaling up and implementation.
  • Impact and Design.
  • Following the close of submissions, (a maximum of) 15 teams each will be selected for each competition by a multi-stakeholder screening panel who will review the submissions based on the above criteria.
  • At the competition, the demonstration of the prototypes will be evaluated based on the same criteria by a multi-stakeholder panel of Judges.
  • The decisions of the screening panel and the panel of Judges will be final.

  • 3 winning teams each, a total of 9 will be selected by the Judges to qualify for the National Incubator Programme.
  • At the National Incubator programme the teams will be mentored and guided by global and local social innovation expertise.
  • All 9 winning teams will be given seed funding to further develop their ideas.

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