Sets Up Competition to Offer Prizes and SMS Platform to Grassroots NGOs
September 17th, 2007

This Monday sees the launch of Ken Banks‘ latest ‘project’ – a competition which encourages grassroots NGOs in developing countries to submit ideas on ways they could use text messaging in their work.

The best four entries will win laptop computers, Nokia phones, GSM modems and $1,000 in cash, courtesy of a range of sponsors which include Hewlett Packard, Nokia and Wieden+Kennedy.

The competition wants to encourage NGOs to think more about how mobile technology could be applied in their work. If you need inspiration, there are plenty of examples in the kiwanja Mobile Database

NGOs from developing countries are invited to submit a short proposal outlining how text messaging could make their job easier. The ideas don’t need to be rocket science, or even earth-shatteringly original. Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest, easiest and most obvious. We should know – most of ours have been!

What we are looking for is impact – a clear indication that winning an amazing prize, and gaining access to mobile technology, would revolutionise your work and turn mission impossible into mission accomplished.

[Press release]

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