Apply now for the Waterapps Business Challenge
Are you experienced in building apps in Ghana?
Do you want to help farmers access weather forecasting data?
Can you and your team build an easy-to-use application based on the forecasting model before December?
Then apply for the Waterapps Business Challenge!
Farmers in Ghana currently experience issues with the weather conditions. Without localised weather forecasts it is very hard for them to make decisions. This challenge is meant to develop an application to bring data to the farmers and collect their information at the same time. We invite companies to submit a prototype of the application they would build. Selected companies will be invited for a 2-day workshop and are then asked to put in a final proposal for development. Limited funding is available for the winning business to build and implement their solution.
*Before applying please check the instructions below!
What do you need to apply?
1. (REQUIRED) Register on the website
You need to be registered as an Entrepreneur and have at least one Business Summary added on the Ghana Innovation Hub website for the business you are applying with. Please note that for application for this program– you do not have to fill all the information requested in the business summary. For more information, please check our tutorial page.
2. (REQUIRED) Upload the Application Form
Please fill in the Application Form with your personal and business information as well as an optional video pitch, and attach it to your Business Summary (not your entrepreneur profile). If you are having trouble attaching documents to your business summary, please watch these easy steps, stop by the Ghana Innovation Hub for support or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. (REQUIRED) Upload a document describing your prototype
Please describe or show what your app will look like. You can use your own template and upload along with your application (maximum 3 pages)
4. (REQUIRED) CV(s)
Please attach CVs of relevant team members to your Business Summary. Again, you can use your own template but not more than 3 pages for each CV.
5. (OPTIONAL) Business Registration Document
Please upload your certificate of registration to your Business Summary.
6. (OPTIONAL) Endorsement letter
Upload along with your application. Find a template here:DOWNLOAD LETTER
7. (REQUIRED) Go to www.ghanainnovationhub.com/waterapps and click ‘Apply Now’.
A new page will open, where you click 'Participate' and select the business you want to apply with - then click 'Apply'. Your application is now saved in draft. If you have uploaded all required documents, scroll down and click ‘submit’ on the page to make your application official. You will see a notification that 'you have successfully submitted your application'.
About the Challenge
Farmers in Ghana currently experience issues with the weather conditions. Floods on the one hand and dry spells on the other make it very hard for them to grow their crops. Without localised weather forecasts it is very hard for them to make decisions. Wageningen University in the Netherlands has built a model based on the farmers hydro-climatic information needs. The model will be fed by i) scientific knowledge and data as well as ii) citizen or farmer information (indigenous knowledge and data). The model will then produce actionable knowledge for the farmers for adaptive farm decision making.
This challenge is meant to develop an application to bring the data to the farmers and collect their information at the same time. The application should:
Allow for text, voice messaging and visuals;
Display indigenous and scientific forecasts with indications of probability;
Have an automatic algorithm to process and integrate forecast;
Allow the downloading of scientific forecast and simple uploading of indigenous forecast and observation;
Offer the possibility for users to share feedback; and
Be able to be used offline and with limited internet connectivity.
We invite companies to submit a prototype of the application they would build. Selected companies will be invited for a 2-day workshop and are then asked to put in a final proposal for development. The challenge is open to everyone. Submission can be done by individuals or a team of two (Young Ghanaians are encouraged to apply). The winning team will be determined by:
1. Quality of the Idea - Including creativity and originality
2. Implementation of the Idea - Including user experience, design, and performance
3. Potential Impact on the Waterapps Objectives – Which is effective co-production of hydroclimatic information services
No individual can be part of two different applying teams. Some teams will be invited to a 2-day training session and a follow up pitch. Teams can then bring their own devices to showcase their app and its use during the presentation. Limited funding is available for the winning team to build and implement their solution.
September 15th: Online Application deadline
September 24&25: A two day training on the model and the intended customer (please keep these days free when you apply – if you are invited to the bootcamp you will be informed on September 20th)
Pitching / Interview day: October 8th at the Ghana Innovation Hub
Announcement of winning team: October 11th
Submission of workplan of winning team: October 18th