Innovation Challenge

2018 SID-Washington Innovation Challenge

This year, SID-Washington launched its first ever Innovation Challenge, inviting member individuals and organizations to submit a successful or failed, international development-focused application of technology that addressed one of the following three areas:

How are governments, donors or implementing partners leveraging simple and accessible technology to shape international development and:

  • Provide better access to goods, services, and information?
  • Increase outreach and engagement?
  • Improve decision making?

The winning submissions will present on the "Innovative Use of Technology" panel at SID-Washington's Annual Conference, on May 31st in Washington, DC. More information on the Challenge can be found here


Winners Announced! 

SID-Washington congratulates the following winners of the 2018 SID-Washington Innovation Challenge, who will present on the "Innovative Use of Technology" panel at SID-Washington's 2018 Annual Conference:




An app that provides for Inclusive Communication to enable deaf community access to health.


Boundary Setting and Resource Mapping in Indonesia

Abt Associates

Drones and data management technologies empower Indonesian village teams to map boundaries, identify resources, and settle disputes.


“Don't Just Teach Them To Fish" Program

QSL Development Solutions LLP

"Don’t Just Teach Them To Fish" assists Nigerian fish farmers increase income using a digitally supported Fish-Farm-In-A-Box™ technology.


"Ezy-Agric - ICT Solutions for Smallholder Farmers" 

Chemonics International

Ezy-Agric decreased smallholder farmers’ marginal cost of production, increased value of incremental sales, and improved access to finance.


Learning Links - the "Lyft" of Learning

The Kaizen Company

Kaizen has adapted a gig-economy business model (e.g. Lyft, Uber) to turn literate women into literacy tutors for out-of-school girls.


Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for the 2018 Innovation Challenge! We received many great entries, which can all be viewed below: 
We also thank our 2018 Innovation Challenge Judging Committee, for their time and hard work to select this year's winners: 
Demetria Arvanitis, Executive Director, SNV USA
Susan Chodakewitz, President and CEO, Nathan Associates
Ann Hudock, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Growth, Counterpart International
Larry Michel, President and CEO, Crown Agents USA
Ellie Price, Locus Coalition Coordinator, Pact
Kate Thompson, Principal, Deloitte
Jamila White, Senior Manager, AECOM