It’s time to get to work!! If you have registered for the contest, it is time to select a theme and come up with a solution.
To form a team, you need to find like-minded people around you- in your college or city and invite them to become your team members. You can also follow us on Facebook and meet other people who are enthusiastic about Imagine Cup. You can have a maximum of 4 members in a team. We also allow single-member teams if you choose to work alone. You can also seek the guidance of a mentor to assist you in this competition. Please note that the mentor will NOT be considered a part of the team. You can get information about team formation here.
Now select a theme to work on- any idea that affects you the most and strikes you as the most glaring- which requires attention and an urgent solution.
Jan 12, 2010 is the deadline for submission of the deliverables. Keeping this in mind, you need to start working on the concept document and the trial implementation plan. The concept document should help us determine the effectiveness, impact, cost- effectiveness, technology requirements, time frame for implementation and most importantly- user friendliness of the proposed solution. Familiarize yourself with the details at www.innovate4women.com
Please remember that your contribution, however big or small, can help in making a difference to the lives of women and the problems they face. Read the story of Adnan Mahmud, whose trip to a cemetery in Bangladesh inspired him to establish the Jolkona Foundation.
A stranger in Bangladesh helped Adnan Mahmud realize he could help make the world a better place without much money. He did it by creating Jolkona Foundation, a nonprofit that channels small donations to specific people and causes across the world. It was 2006. Mahmud was visiting his parents in Bangladesh, where he grew up. During the trip, Mahmud went to pay his respects at his grandfather's grave. As he left the cemetery, he passed a man carrying his dead son. The man clearly couldn't afford a proper funeral or the traditional Muslim burial cloth; the dead child wore shorts and an unbuttoned shirt. Mahmud figured the man had spent all his money securing a grave for his son.
Mahmud realized that even a small amount of money could make a big impact on someone's life. He always knew that someday he would dedicate himself to giving back, but that would come after his career. Thinking that many other young professionals must feel the same way, he set out to build a Web site where people could get excited about philanthropy without having a lot of money. In 2007, Mahmud and his wife, Nadia, created Jolkona Foundation. The nonprofit organization lets people channel small donations to specific people and causes while letting them monitor the impact of their gift. At the site, would-be donors can pinpoint projects in countries where they want to contribute and choose from five categories: cultural identity, education, empowerment, environment, and public health. As far as Mahmud knows, Jolkona Foundation created the first Web site that provides donation-level feedback. Everyone who makes a donation through the site gets a report card on how that money is being spent. "Silverlight and Bing Maps help power the site", Mahmud said, adding that technology lies at the heart of what Jolkona Foundation is trying to accomplish.
"I've always loved technology. I truly believe that in 100 years, our generation won't be known for the technological advances that we've made. Rather, we'll be known for how those technological advances were used to tackle humanity's biggest challenges", says Mahmud.