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Vivatech UNESCO AI for Human Rights Challenge for Startups in France 2021

VivaTech, in partnership with UNESCO offers the AI for Human Rights Challenge to enable startups to pitch at the gathering in 2021.

VivaTech is Europe’s biggest startup and tech event. Co-organized by Publicis Groupe and Groupe Les Echos and dedicated to the growth of startups, digital transformation, and innovation, the 5th edition will take place on June 16-19, 2021.

In 2019,  the event reached 231 million people worldwide, bringing together 124,000 visitors including more than 13,000 startups, 3,000 venture capital firms, and 2,500 journalists from 124 countries. This year, VivaTech will provide a hybrid experience, in-person in Paris and online worldwide, that will bring 
together an even larger community of innovators.
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations.
UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation.
UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression and access to information, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas with digital innovation at its heart, UNESCO helps countries develop policies and programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing to tackle the world’s challenges and ensure sustainable development for all.

Worth of Award

  • Presence on stage at VivaTech
  • 5 free Startup passes for the 4 days of VivaTech
  • A startup booth at VivaTech 2022
  • A meeting with UNESCO teams
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All work shall be FOSS/Open Source in line with the commitment of UNESCO to ensure access to information and harness new technologies to improve people’s lives and tackle sustainable development challenges.

  • Respond to pressing development challenges at local, national or regional levels;
  • Enable the visualization of data in an innovative and/or easy-to-understand way;
  • Mobilize and create engagement of variety of stakeholders and sectors in society;
  • Gender-sensitive prototype, recognizing or encouraging women’s participation in sustainable development;
  • Functioning solution:  An important point is, is the prototype or showcase functioning? We prefer real code and design implementations over mockups;
  • Platform:  Share information about what operating systems or devices can your hack run on;
  • Resources: Include information about API, SDK, or data set, that are required to run the app;
  • New vs Existing solutions: Any work done needs to be new for the competition. Existing solutions are not eligible. However the specific details what is acceptable and what is not will be determined by the jury. For example existing solutions that have been modified substantially and include entirely new functionality would still be eligible.

Addition Judging Criteria:

  • Technical Implementation: The solution implements and uses technologies in an innovative way.
  •  Open Data and Open Knowledge: The solution is using open and accessible data and open knowledge in an innovative way to benefit the society.
  •  Usability and UX: The hack is an easy-to-use prototype and an intuitive application with a clear and easy to use UI.
  •  Benefit to Society: The solution has the potential to engage with a wide range of actors in the society for sustainable development.
  •  Scalability and Replicability:  It is possible to scale the solution and replicate it in different contexts.
  •  Inclusiveness: The solution targets and involves, both in its inception and deployment, women, youth, and otherwise marginalized groups.
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How to Apply

  • You can apply for this opportunity through the link on their websites.
  • The application must be written in English. It does not require the candidate to provide proof of residence or nationality.

Deadline: Applications close on April 30, 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply