Blind Spot: an overlooked challenge in international development that can be solved using science, technology, innovation, and strategic partnerships.
The Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) invites you to enter the Blind Spots Essay Contest today for a chance to win recognition and a cash prize. Deadline October 1. Sponsored by USAID’s Global Development Lab, of which Duke University is a part, and Big Ideas @ Berkeley. This contest is open to all Duke-affiliated students and researchers.
USAID and Big Ideas@Berkeley want the help of students and researchers to uncover and analyze the “blind spots” in international development. Through your development and field experience, you can help USAID identify development challenges that are currently overlooked, yet are in need of immediate attention. In particular, we want to hear about those unrecognized challenges that would benefit from the power of science, technology, innovation, or strategic partnership (STIP) and potentially improve the lives of millions.
This contest seeks essays, 1750-2000 words in length, which address the following questions:
• What and where is the unrecognized development challenge that you have observed?
• What social, economic, political, and/or environmental barriers exist that are related to this development blind spot? (Please cite studies, reports, and/or data to provide proof/background.)
• Is there a population subset—children, youth, women, minorities, LGBT, etc.—whose lives could be improved as a result?
• If the development blind spot were overcome using STIP, what might the impact be locally, regionally, nationally, or globally (qualitatively and quantitatively)?
The winners of the contest will receive the following cash prizes, as well as a variety of recognition prizes.
First place: $3,000
Second Place: $2,000
Third Place: $1,000
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Full details here: http://bigideas.berkeley.edu/compete/blind-spots/
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Langsam. Good luck!