USAID's Challenge Slavery College Tech Contest Deadline Extended

USAID is thrilled to announce that the deadline for submission to the Challenge Slavery Tech Contest has been extended to February 1, 2013! As a major voice on your campus, we hope youÔÇÖll find an opportunity to write about or advertise this exciting news to the students of your university.
The Tech Contest is a call to college and university students worldwide to develop creative technology solutions for preventing human trafficking, rescuing victims, and assisting survivors. With traffickers using technology such as cell phones and social networking to ensnare their victims, the Tech Contest challenges students to turn the tables on traffickers to use technology positively to combat trafficking in developing countries.

Students with a creative vision for using technology to fight traffickers can win one of several cash prizes and showcase their ideas for USAID personnel and their partners. In addition to the $5000 Grand Prize, runners-up will receive prizes of $2500.

Although the contest seeks to recognize and develop technological solutions to counter human trafficking, students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to submit their ideas. In USAIDÔÇÖs ongoing effort to engage new actors in the development sphere, ideas can be as valuable as tried and tested solutions. Fortunately, itÔÇÖs easy to enter the Tech Contest! Students just need to join the challengeslavery.org community and then follow the links to enter, using a concept note, video, or website to demonstrate the potential of their solution.

WeÔÇÖve included a media kit for you to learn more about the Tech Challenge, and encourage you to use its contents to spread the word about this unique opportunity for students on your campus. The attached zip file includes:

(a) CTIP (Counter Trafficking in Persons) Campus Challenge One Pager
(b) Challenge Slavery Toolkit
(c) CTIP Postcard
(d) CTIP Full Page Ad
(e) Challenge Slavery Media Advisory Released by USAID
(f) An article about the CTIP Campus Challenge that appeared in the Hyderabad press: http://www.newswala.com/International-News/USAID-Asks-Students-for-Ideas...

Please donÔÇÖt hesitate to reach out with any questions or clarifications.

Best,
Bryan Gerhart

Bryan Gerhart
Communications and Engagement Associate
USAID Grand Challenges for Development
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