The First 72 Hours Challenge is a global innovation contest that asked private individuals, academia, businesses, and organizations to come up with ideas that will help the world to respond better to disasters.
From a rough idea to a finished product, the contest sought world-changing ideas that would improve how the humanitarian community responds at the early onset of a crisis, specifically the first 72 hours. Proposed ideas for affected communities or humanitarian actors focused around one of the four challenge topics of energy, healthcare, information and communication, and water and food.
Participants submitted their ideas on the contest platform, www.first72hours.org. Out of the submissions, the panel of contest judges selected 30 projects for the following stage of the project, co-creation. These teams received subject-specific expertise from mentors who guided the development process for promising solutions through the contest online platform. From the 30, expert judging panels systematically whittled down the submissions to 2 winning teams. The winning teams, Aguapallet of New Zealand and Instanet of Sweden, will receive $15,000 in seed funding as well as a paid trip to Chile for two weeks to incubate their ideas.