Digital Arabia Network (DAN) was founded in January 2018, when a group of individuals from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Germany realised that they wanted to make a lasting contribution to the digital community in the Arab world. Their aim is to explore the impact and opportunities digitalisation and its different instruments can bring to Arab societies.
They connect leading creatives and powerful digital innovators in the Arab world. As the lab for the digital future of the Arab World, DAN connects all those who contribute to the transforming of our life into a better place through using technology: in arts, culture, education, business, economy, media and politics.
To help this great initiative be a success, the German Federal Foreign Office came forward to support DAN in their mission by funding this crowdstorm.
Business challenge & Goal
This specific project opens a public innovation crowdstorm that challenges creatives from the Arab region and around the globe to submit innovative ideas that identify a specific regional/local challenge and describe how digitalization can help solve that challenge.
Persona 1: Change makers: Digital actors, civil society, cultural institutions, public institutions, business institutions (who aim to transform the future of Arab region)
Persona 2: Public figures and influencers who would promote digitalisation
Persona 3: Public sector officials
#DAN gives you the opportunity to jump into the future; come back and share your vision of a digitalised future of the Arab region.
How do you envision the digital future of the Arab region? Tell us how digitalisation can contribute to the political, economic and societal development of the region.
Come up with one or more ideas / concepts which represent your vision of the Digital future of the Arab region.
Work as a team!
To recognize outstanding teamwork, we have five Collaboration Awards! If you are interested in collaborating but don’t have someone specific in mind, let others know by leaving a comment under the project brief and if there is someone specific you would like to work with - reach out to them!
You can invite a collaborator at any time, either in the draft mode of your submission (that way you can also use the comment bar below the idea template to interact with each other) or by going to Edit Idea after you've published it and back to the Collaborators page to search for a collaborator.
With digitalisation being the next big step to future of Arab region:
- Explore how a digital environment can be blended with a physical one. (not too futuristic)
- Be creative, think outside the box and come up with solutions which are different from already existing tools or solutions.
- It should be possible for your idea/concept to be implemented with currently available technologies or experimental technologies that will be implemented in the near future.
Be as digital as you can, but as real as possible.
The overall aim of #DAN is to raise awareness for solving social and political issues with Digital transformation by using the crowdstorm as key element.
Your specific challenge in this project is to tackle societal problems through digital transformation, for which you are free to choose from a wide range of different approaches:
Communication concept, Service design, Architectural concept, Product design, Innovation, Story-telling
You have complete freedom to think outside-the-box and choose any creative approach. However your ideas/concepts are expected to cover the following:
- Choose a field that you are trying to tackle, e.g.
- Digital community building
- Digital freedom and data privacy
- Digital healthcare provision
- Equal opportunities for men and women
- Fighting fake news in the future
- Future of art and education
- Future of Mobility
- Future of work
- Smart cities
- Your vision of future universities
- Describe the problem you identified in detail.
- Explain (step-by-step) how your idea can inspire change and how it influences an individual and/or a society as a whole.
For this challenge we focus on five countries in the Arab region, which are:
NOTE: Your ideas can be as broad or specific as you like when it comes to the scope of their application. They can be for the whole region, a country or even a specific city.
To come up with unique solutions and to tackle specific regional problems, background knowledge of the Arab region or mentioned countries is necessary.
Of course, creatives from all over the world can participate in this challenge as well. To make up for potential lacks of knowledge of current problems and issues in the Arab region, we highly encourage you to collaborate with the creatives from the Arab region, and this is also the reason why we are giving away here more Collaboration Awards than in our regular projects.
A list of the local Arab region creatives with their usernames can be found below in the Project Kit.
Your submission must include:
- Slide 1: Main visual and small text . Which field and which country/whole region? (future of work, Equal opportunities,etc.)
- Slide 2: Please answer the following questions as you develop your ideas:
- What is the key problem? Which specific problem in the selected field you want to tackle?
- Slide 3: Describe what effects would the problem cause in future, if not solved.
- Slide 4: Your solution to the problem. How does your solution help to solve the mentioned problem through digitalisation
You will have 5 more optional slides to further explain your idea if needed.
The visuals you submit with your idea should serve to support the understanding of the problem you are tackling and your suggested solution. Your main focus should be on a good and descriptive explanation of the problem and the solution, not just the visuals.
Remember, a strong idea with an ability to make an impact is more important than an unrealistic concept for this contest.
You can submit a maximum of 10 concepts/ideas, if you would like to explore different solutions. It will increase your chances of winning prizes.
DOs and DON'Ts
- Consider how your concept/idea will make a real difference for development of the Arab region.
- Focus on tackling one problem per submission.
- Keep the core values of the Arab world and societies in mind when creating an idea. All ideas should be acceptable for the Arab culture and not contradict their values.
- Please avoid any kind of cliches or stereotypes about any country/region
- Avoid going in the direction of any political or religious issues. Your ideas are expected to focus on future and digitalisation.
- Please don’t submit ideas/concepts that are hard to understand and overly complicated
- Please don’t provide ideas based on futuristic technologies that can’t be realized in the near future.
- Originality of your idea
- Identification of a key problem/key problems
- How well does your idea contribute to a solution of the identified problem
You can participate in this contest with submissions of any artistic style you like: from a sketch to a photography, illustration or a blueprint.
Preferred file type for your submission: pdf or high resolution JPG.
Timing & Awards
Deliverables and deadlines
- Deadline for the Halftime Awards: Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 11:59 pm (CET Berlin time)
- You'll receive client feedback: Monday, December 17, 2018
- End of submission phase: Thursday, December 27, 2018, at 5pm (CET Berlin time)
- You could earn one of the cash prizes from the €5,000 total prize pool.
- In addition to that, your ideas will have the chance to be presented in roadshow events around the Arab region.
You may also get invited to attend these roadshow events - that means an all expenses paid trip to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and/or Tunisia! How exciting is that!
Here is a brief overview of what is particularly important to be aware of:
- When entering an idea for a project, jovoto as well as the client, may display, share and print it for evaluation or presentational purposes.
- There is a three month exclusivity period:
- in which you may publish and share your idea on other websites or social media and ensure it is clearly labelled as a submission created on jovoto.
- in which you ensure that the client is able to exclusively license your design.
- after which you may offer your submission to others and publicly display it (without the clients logo).
- Please ensure that you have noted any and all third party material you used - including the source where it can be found.
- The project terms clarify rights for your upload as well as the details that go into effect if and when you are informed that the client wishes to license your design.
- Please carefully check and review your submission and the attachments before uploading them - they can only be deleted within 24 hours.