UNDP's first Technology Innovation Competition winner gets US$5000 product development boost

Dec 19, 2016

First place winner Danielle Tait of The Interview JM accepts her award from L-R: Dr Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Bruno Pouezat, UNDP Resident Representative

Home page photo caption: Top three show off their prizes. L-R 2ND place winners, Hazel Wright-O’Connor and Eugenie Addisson (Microspex); 1st place winner, Danielle Tait (The InteviewJM) and 3rd place winner, Konrad Hylton, (Get There Jamaica)

 

[UNDP, 19 November, 2016]: A job preparation and recruitment app loaded with interactive tests and training tools has been awarded first place and a prize of US$5000 for product development, in the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) inaugural Technology Innovation Competition 2016.

Ms. Danielle Tait, creator of the winning app along with the second and third place awardees collected their prize money, certificates and trophies at a ceremony staged at UNDP on 12 December.

The prizes were handed over by UNDP Resident Representative, Bruno Pouezat and Deputy Resident Representative, Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, culminating a two month selection process since the awardees presented their innovations in competition at the second annual Social Goods Summit held in Kingston on 19 September. Mr. Pouezat congratulated the awardees, noting their innovative solutions showcased practical approaches to securing targets set under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr. Laurence-Chounoune committed the continued support of UNDP over the next year, promising mentorship and product development support.

Ms. Tait’s innovation branded The Interview JM is a suite of self-help psychometric tests and training tools for job seekers and companies recruiting staff, providing a platform for continuous development and learning. She is now under contract to UNDP to utilize her prize money to further develop her web application into a full solution.

Second place and a prize of US$3000 were awarded to Ms. Hazel Wright O’Connor and Ms. Eugenie Addisson for their innovation, Microspex - A device that monitors indoor air quality by detecting pathogens and allergens which are detrimental to health. Third place and US$2000 were awarded to Mr. Konrad Hylton for a localized, customized app branded Get There that allows customers to book, pay for and track taxis online.  Microspex and GetThere are also under contract to further develop their innovations and to present them at the 2017 staging of the UNDP’s Social Goods Summit. The top three were chosen from a field of 18 competitors. 

First place innovation, The Interview JM illustrated SDG Goal Eight which targets “Decent Work and Economic Growth”; Second place Microspex focused on Goal Three which is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, while third place innovation GetThere brought to life Goal Eleven which aims to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

"We are pleased by the number of entries and the attempt to tackle some of the biggest problems faced by Jamaica. We look forward to future years of the competition and await the great innovations that will indeed materialize," UNDP Project Assistant Jeffrey James remarked on behalf of the organizing committee. He said that the top three were assessed to have demonstrated innovation at a practical level.

The Competition coordinator was Craig Perue, General Partner of 6SigmaVentures and Research Fellow, Mona School of Business and Management. The local judging panel included Denise Marshall-Miller, Manager Bond Trading, Victoria Mutual Wealth Management, Andrea Livingston-Prince, Project Coordinator - SME Development, Development Bank of Jamaica, Dushyant Savadia | Founder & CEO, Amber Connect, Ayanna Terehas Samuels, Independent Consultant at World Bank and Sharon Smith, Mona Business Support Services.

The Technology Innovation Competition was created as a practical way to showcase local and innovative solutions to advancing the UN’s 17 SDGs.

The Technology Innovation Competition was partially funded through the UNDP Innovation Facility and was launched during the Social Goods Summit on September 19th. Judging took place on October 27 while the selection of the top three placements ended in early December.

The Social Good Summit is a flagship event for UNDP which examines the impact of technology and new media on social initiatives around the world. The event, which is recognized by many countries across the world, unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. In 2015, the Social Good Summit was used as a platform to launch the SDGs which have replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

Contact information

 

Contact: Gillian Scott, UNDP/UN Communications Analyst Tel: 978 2390 – 9 Ext 2032; Mobile: 427 0766