Originally posted on the NetSquared blog.

NetSquared is pleased to announce a new Partner Challenge with University of California at Berkeley’s Human Rights Center. This Challenge encourages innovations for mobile technologies in human rights investigations and advocacy.  The Challenge is now open for submissions – the deadline to submit is March 13th!

Learn more about the HRC Mobile Challenge.

About the HRC Mobile Challenge

Recent innovations in science and technology, especially mobile technologies, have provided human rights advocates, journalists, and scientists with new tools to expose war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and disseminate this information in real time throughout the world. Cell phones, combined with GPS, cameras, video, audio, and SMS are transforming the way the world understands and responds to emerging crises. Handheld data collection devices, such as PDAs, provide researchers with new ways of documenting mass violence and attitudes toward peace, justice, and social reconstruction in conflict zones.

Through a NetSquared Community vote, 10 finalists will be chosen. All 10 finalists will be invited to present their ideas at an international conference, “The Soul of the New Machine: Human Rights, Technology, and New Media,” at UC Berkeley, May 4 and 5, 2009. A panel of judges, selected by the Human Rights Center, will choose three winners, to be announced at the conference. Winners will receive cash awards of $15,000 (first place), $10,000 (second place), and $5,000 (third place) to implement their ideas.

How to Participate

Here’s the four easy steps to submit your Project:

  • Register and/or Login
  • Click on Username
  • Click on “Submit a Project to the Project Gallery” under My Project Idea
  • Select “HRC-UCB” from the Prize Tag menu located below Additional Cause Area Tags on the Submission Form

For more information about the HRC Mobile Challenge:

New Mobile Challenge: NetSquared + UC Berkeley
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