What is the eNGO Award is and what does it aim to do?

The eNGO Award is a platform for recognising innovations and best practices by the grassroots organisations for development and empowerment of marginalized communities. Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) launched this as a separate award in 2012 as a spin off from the Manthan Awards. This unique initiative in South Asia has today become the most influential and leading platform in the region for not only recognising and honouring best practices for socio-economic development by grassroots NGOs but also for networking among practitioners to create an ecosystem for knowledge sharing, partnerships and collaborations plus the biggest challenge for NGOs that is funding.

Who is eligible for applying for this award?

The eNGO Award is open to any of the following entities from any SAARC country provided the NGO has implemented some digital or non-digital intervention for development and empowerment of marginalised communities.

By when can we register online?

Online registration is open till 9th October, 2016.

How does my company join the eNGO Award?

To join the eNGO Award, please register yourself online from September 9, 2016 onwards.

What is the process of competing for the awards?

Nominations can be online at engochallenge.org/ or an Offline Nomijnation Form can be downloaded, filled back and sent to us on our email id –  engochallengeaward@defindia.org

Which SAARC countries are eligible to participate in the eNGO Awards?

All the eight SAARC countries can participate. These eight countries are:

  1. India
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Pakistan
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Maldives
  7. Bhutan
  8. Nepal

Can anyone not based in any one of the eight SAARC countries apply for the awards?

Yes, of course. Any project which has been developed or has the customer base/target market in any of the SAARC countries can apply for the award.

Is there any entry fee?

No, there is no entry fee. Any interested participant can apply, in multiple categories, following our Award guidelines.

Can I enter the Awards if I am a previous winner?

Yes, but it should not be for the same winning project. Any previous winner can apply with a different project.

Will I be getting any acknowledgement receipt for my entry?

Yes, when any nominee submits complete nomination form along with all the supported documents/material, we send an acknowledgement receipt to the nominee.

Can I submit multiple nominations for different categories?

Yes, any Nominee can submit multiple products/projects for different categories.

Can I submit one project under 2 categories, if it fits?

Same project cannot be submitted under 2 categories however  the Jury has the right to change the category of the project/product to ensure the ‘Best Fit’.
What is the process of withdrawing from the nominations?

Any nominee is required to send an email  engochallengeaward@defindia.org requesting the withdrawal from the award process quoting the reason for such a withdrawal.

In what form is supporting material allowed?

Digital files may be submitted for all categories. Files in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, PDF are allowed & videos, audios in .wmv format. Kindly visit the Guidelines section to know the required supported documents.

Can I send the supporting material later after submitting the nomination form?

Yes, any nominee can send the supporting material to the given email address within a week of submitting the nomination form online. The eNGO Award Secretariat will send a mail regarding the same.

Will my supporting material/shared material remain confidential & returned to me?

Any information or material related to the products/projects & organisation will remain confidential & will not be shared with any external entity.

When will the judging process start?

The process of evaluation commences from the date of closing of nominations. Entries will be judged on the pre-defined evaluation criteria.

What are the evaluation criteria for the product/project?

Content & Services – Quantify the quality of content and services delivery, relevance of content and its utility value

Impact & Sustainability – The social impact & the commercial viability of the application/product.

USP & Strategic Value – Uniqueness of the idea & the easiness of strategy replication.

Execution & Implementation – Procedures of carrying out & executing the innovation, idea according to the market demand.

Accessibility – Cost effectiveness matching social and economic capital of different user groups with diverse needs in different income brackets.

Functionality/Navigation – User friendliness & interactive nature of the application & its features.

Interface & Visual Design – Usability as well as the Design of applications and devices having larger user preference, aesthetic value with multimedia.

Overall Experience – The user base & overall user experience regarding the application/content.

Is it mandatory to fill all the fields in the nomination form?

It is necessary for the participant to fill all the fields that are marked as mandatory or else the form will be considered as incomplete and might be rejected. In any case, however, we suggest that you give as much information about your nominated project as possible to facilitate proper evaluation by the Jury members.

I have a concept note on the project and we are going to implement it soon. Can I apply for the awards?

No, you cannot. Any project which has not been implemented yet is not eligible to participate in the eNGO Award process. Any nominated project has to complete at least 3 months on-ground

When will the shortlisted projects be announced?

After the Grand Jury is over, the shortlisted nominations are contacted individually through email/phone from the eNGO Award Secretariat.

When will we know about the final results?

Final Results will be declared during the Award Gala on the final event day, scheduled for December 2, 2016.

Is setting up a stall mandatory for all the finalists/nominees?

Yes, we encourage all, particularly the shortlisted nominations, to put up their stalls during the final event so that their outreach is maximised and there is greater networking amongst them and all the industry stakeholders are attending.

What is the time limit of the presentation on final event day?

Five minutes will be given to the participant to present the project (excluding 3 minutes of interactive query session).

Is there any mandatory query session after presentation?

Yes, after the presentation there is a Query session. Judges as well as the audience can ask questions from the presenter on their presentation or the product.

Will I get the transport/accommodation facility?

No, we request you to please make the necessary arrangements on your own. We can facilitate you in terms of suggesting the accommodation nearby the venue.

Who is eligible to apply for volunteering for the final event?

Any person who has interest in the eNGO Award or  dot NGO domain is welcome to volunteer for the final event.

Is there any certificate given to Volunteers?

Yes, certificates for volunteering will be provided to the volunteers from the Digital Empowerment Foundation.

What are the date and timings for the eNGO Award 2016?

02 December,  2016 (8:00am to 8:30pm) –

If I am not a nominee, how can I get a speaker slot at the event?

Please write to us at   engochallengeaward@defindia.org with a request for getting a speaker slot. Please attach the brief profile of the person who wishes to speak at the event. It might entail some charges also please bear this fact in mind.

Can Press & Media attend these awards?

Yes, Press & Media are welcome to the final event day to cover the best practices in use of digital technology for NGOs. There are 2 free passes available for the Press & Media. Please carry your ID card.

How do I contact someone at the eNGO Award?

You need to write to us at  engochallengeaward@defindia.org informing us of your interest in the subject line of the mail. Our team will contact you within 2-3 working days maximum.

Are there sponsorship opportunities within the eNGO Awards?

Yes. The eNGO Awards has several sponsorship and promotional opportunities available from October 2016 onwards. To know our current sponsorship details, please contact  engochallengeaward@defindia.org

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