Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) plays an active role in stimulating technology entrepreneurship as part of a concerted effort to jump-start a culture of innovation in the nation.
One part of that mission is MCIT’s DEWAE (Innovation Beacon) award program, which aims to incubate promising ideas in Afghanistan’s growing mobile and related technology industries. The project targets several distinct classes of participant: students, young IT professionals in the public and private sectors, and established entrepreneurs and other experts in the information and communications technology industry.
This June, MCIT held a ceremony in Kabul to announce the winners of the first round of the DEWAE program. Of 40 proposals received, 11 earned recognition for being especially innovative and will advance to further rounds of competition.
As the DEWAE project continues over the next two years, MCIT will grant up to 187 monetary awards ranging in value from $2,000 to $80,000. The money will help these Afghan technologists and entrepreneurs realize their ideas and ideally launch sustainable technology businesses.