November 30, 2015

Launch of Pacific Humantarina challenge

Today we launch the Australian Government’s first international innovation challenge.
The Pacific Humanitarian Challenge will look for innovative ways to prepare and respond to natural disasters in the Paciļ¬c.
We are inviting entrepreneurs, businesses, technologists, NGOs and scientists to help us rethink our approach to humanitarian responses in the region.
Through the Challenge, the Australian Government and our Pacific partners will find ways to respond to crises more effectively by gathering information on urgent needs, responding to those needs quickly and building financial resilience to help countries recover from crises.
We encourage academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, communities and individuals from the Pacific to join the challenge and work together to develop ideas.
The winning submissions will be announced at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016. The winners will be awarded funding of up to $2 million to pilot their ideas in the Pacific.
For more information about the Challenge and to apply please visit the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge website or DFAT’s innovation X change. The Challenge is open until 7 February 2016.