2:30 -2:45 pm – Keynote Remarks (v) and Live Q&A with Audience by Administrator Samantha Power, US Agency for International Development
2:45 – 3:00 pm –Closing Remarks by Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, US Department of State and Announcement of Winner
Location: Oberndorf Event Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way
About Silicon Valley Venture Day
Please join us on November 29 at Stanford University for Silicon Valley Venture Day, a competition for North American innovators working on democracy-affirming technologies, jointly hosted by Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator, IE University, the U.S. State Department, and Microsoft. The competition is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge, a major initiative stemming from the U.S. Summit for Democracy at which President Biden convened world leaders in December 2021 to renew democracy globally.
The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge is an IE University-led initiative comprised of five Venture Day competitions across five continents: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and South America. The Venture Day competitions will bring together researchers, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs to identify and highlight key innovations as well as to give shape to the global effort to develop technology for democracy. The winner of the North American Silicon Valley Day competition will receive a $1,000 prize. Regional winners will then compete for a monetary prize.
Mentoring: Have the opportunity to profit from an incubation/acceleration process and coaching/mentoring plan provided by IE University and Tech4Democracy Strategic Supporters.
Monetary Prize: Compete for monetary prize in final global competition.
Partnership Opportunities: Have first-hand access to backing and partnership opportunities with IE University and Tech4Democracy Strategic Supporters, as well as democratic governments, companies, investors, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders involved in the initiative.
Networking: Join a global, diverse, and long-term community of like-minded allies, which will be nurtured with news and potential opportunities within IE University’s projects and network and those of the initiative’s Strategic Supporters and partners.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub Access:Venture Day competitors will win accelerated access for up to a four-year Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub membership, which includes up to $150k in cloud credits for qualified startups, free productivity software, mentorship community, and technical guidance.
Contribution to Democracy: To what extent does the innovation contribute to the defense and promotion of liberal democracy as a political system and of democratic values such as liberty, equity, inclusion, privacy, freedom of expression, tolerance and mutual respect, access to information, transparency, and fairness.
Technological Innovation: How does the innovation leverage digital or other technologies that are relatively new/uncommon or are used in relatively new/uncommon ways?
Viability/Scalability: To what extent is the innovation commercially viable (if it is still in its development phase) or scalable (if it has already been commercialized)?
Interest for Investors: To what extent is the innovation interesting for investors due to its potential profitability?
Team: To what extent does the company/organization count with an excellent leadership team and staff with regards to experience, knowledge, skills and diversity?
The following are suggested topics:
Data for Good Governance: Technologies that allow for better data collection, processing, and visualization, in order to inform policy-making and decision-making processes in a way that is respectful of privacy and individual rights.
Responsible AI and Machine Learning: Automated decision-making systems that provide equal opportunity, do not discriminate, and are fair, explainable, auditable, ethical, and accurate.
Tools to Fight Disinformation: Technologies that support fact-checking efforts, identify bot activity or work on social data to promote accurate information on key matters, including electoral processes.
Tools to Fight Polarization: Technologies that seek to diminish polarization by promoting thoughtful and mutually respectful engagement across deep social and political divides.
Digital Identity and Trust: Transparency technologies and identity recognition or protection technologies that ensure inclusive access to digital public services and protection of sensible data.
Transparent and Inclusive Government Data: Technologies that promote accountability and inclusive services and foster economic growth through the provision of data, services, and resources that startups, scaleups, and SMEs can leverage to generate business.
Tools for Civil Society: Innovations that expand civic space, freedom of association and freedom of speech, combat surveillance on dissidents, and facilitate advocacy and engagement on national internet regulations and international digital policy.
Privacy-Enhancing Technologies: Innovations that protect data, minimize personal data use, maximize data security, and empower individuals.
Web3: Technologies that reinforce democratic values through decentralization.
Must be an innovator, startup, scaleup, or organization (for profit or not-for-profit) based in North America (Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and the United States) that develops usable democracy-affirming technologies.