The challenge is open to individuals over the age of 18, groups of individuals, non-profit organizations, and other non-commercial organizations and commercial organizations.
Organizations that are incorporated in, persons who are citizens or residents of, and entries submitted from the following countries are not eligible: Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea, Burma (Myanmar) and Sudan.
Through a NetSquared Community vote, ten finalists will be chosen from the submitted entries.
All ten finalists will be invited to present their ideas at "The Soul of the New Machine:
Human Rights,Technology & New Media,"an international conference on the UC-Berkeley campus.
A panel of judges selected by the Human Rights Center will choose three winners to be announced at the conference.
Winners will receive cash awards of $15,000 (first place), $10,000 (second place), and $5,000 (third place) to implement their ideas.
Judges will score proposals based on criteria, including technical feasibility, human rights potential, value for money, and likelihood of attracting outside investment and or interest innovation and replicability and scalability.