Come to The Ashoka Innovation Network Challenge!

Come on down Cairo! RSVP on facebook or e-mail:


Changemakers Competition: Sustainable Urban Housing COLLABORATING FOR LIVEABLE AND INCLUSIVE CITIES


Ashoka’s Changemakers is looking for innovative solutions that engage communities, entrepreneurs, and key institutions in collaborating to integrate and develop affordable, inclusive, and sustainable urban housing that respects the environment, local cultures, and practices.

This competition is being launched in anticipation of the 2012 Summit of the Americas, and in support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA). It is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, and is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of State, and the American Planning Association.

Submit your solutions, or nominate a project, in this competition to collaborate on sustainable urban housing for liveable and inclusive cities.

From November 5 through February 2, 2011, you can nominate or submit a solution for sustainable urban housing. The entry form is also available for download.

Early Entry Prize: The two best entries submitted by 5PM EST, December 12, 2010 will each be eligible to win a prize of US $500.

Online Winners Prizes: The top three entries submitted by 5pm EST, February 2, 2011 will win US $10,000 each.

The most competitive entrants will be showcased and reviewed at an event that closes the competition in June 2011 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. where they will be viewed by public and private partners, including prospective funders.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive regular updates and to give us your feedback.

Check out the website for more details about the competition and to find out how to enter!


The Ashoka Innovation Network Challenge

The Ashoka Innovation Network Challenge:

Changing the world, in 7 minutes or less!

Do you have an idea or a project to change the world for the better? Can you pitch it to an audience in 7 minutes or less? Are you a young professional? Are you a CHANGEMAKER? If yes, please read on….

Who: The Ashoka Innovation Network, AIN, is looking for young professionals with an idea OR a project that is helping to improve the world!

What: The submission can be in an idea phase or in full-implementation swing! As long as your idea or project demonstrates a clear social impact, you have a chance of being selected.

The Challenge: Selected speakers will have 7 minutes to pitch their idea or project, and then the audience will have a chance to engage in a lively discussion with the speaker. After the speakers have presented, audience members will be asked to select their favorite topic of the evening, and the winning topic will serve as the theme for the next AIN event.  Speeches can be given in English, Arabic or a mix of both!

When/Where: The “AIN Challenge” will take place on December 4th at the Culture Wheel in the Word Hall. The event will start promptly at 2:00 PM

How: Send your idea and/or project description to Emily at by Thursday, November 25th. Ashoka Arab World staff will review submissions and contact you if you have been selected as a speaker. Submissions can be submitted in English or Arabic.

Make sure submissions include: your full name, cell phone number, and if you need to use a power point presentation or visual aids during your speech.

Smile for the Camera: All presentations will be recorded and put on the Ashoka Arab World website and blog.

Come be an audience member and vote on your favorite speaker! Please RSVP by December 1st to Emily at

The winning speaker will receive a prize!!

About AIN:

AIN is an initiative designed by young people for young people that directly supports Ashoka’s principles of “Everyone a Changemaker”™ (EACH). To reflect the values of EACH, AIN provides an enabling environment through which young people in the Arab World can support one another in exploring creative and effective ways to address their communities’ pressing social challenges. AIN is the first forum specifically for young professionals in Egypt interested in social entrepreneurship to network, connect with innovative individuals from different sectors, and learn about the latest trends and initiatives in social entrepreneurship.