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Chapterthon 2017: Digital Schools!

Chapterthon is a global Internet Society (ISOC) Chapters marathon, where all ISOC Chapters can participate by developing a project within a timeline and budget to achieve a common goal for the development of education and the Internet. Once the project is finalized, the best project receives a prize.

Chapterthon 2017 winner is the Internet Society Turkey Chapter for the project Coding Sisters, which had the aim of optimizing the opportunities for girls to be involved in STEM field.

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Chapterthon “Digital Schools!” is WSIS Prize Winner 2018!

Chapterthon 2017 has won the WSIS Prize 2018 for the Category C11: International and Regional Cooperation. WSIS Prizes is a unique international contest developed to showcase the projects that are leveraging the power of ICTs to achieve the United Nations SDGs, 17 global goals dedicated to building a better world by 2030.

30 Internet Society Chapters from all the regions have worked hard to extend the benefits of the use of the Internet in education to their communities. Connecting schools to the Internet, teaching coding to girls, training teachers and parents, raising awareness about the safe use of the Internet, developing an online platform for a school and helping to create educational, and local content are just some examples of the amazing work our Chapters have done.

The Internet Society seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives in all parts of the world by providing them meaningful access to an open, trusted, and global Internet. The adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN in September 2015 gave us a clear framework to increase our development efforts as well as reinforce our commitment to bringing the benefits of a globally connected Internet to everyone.

We have always seen the Internet as a critical enabler for sustainable development and believe that access to it will help accelerate the achievement of all of the SDGs.

To make this real and show the impact of the Internet in the achievement of the SDGs, we want to help our Chapters move the needle on one SDG in particular: SDG4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

This is why the theme of Chapterthon 2017 was Digital schools.

What is a Chapterthon?

Chapterthon is a global Internet Society (ISOC) Chapters marathon, where all ISOC Chapters can participate by developing a project within a timeline and budget to achieve a common goal for the development of education and the Internet. Once the project is finalized, the best project receives a prize.

For 2017, the topic was Education and the Internet. Projects had to fit in one of the following categories:

  • Digital literacy
  • Online lectures
  • Training people in the community
  • Developing connectivity for a school or an educational institution

Funding

  • Each project will receive funding up to 2,000.00 USD and applicants will have 1.5 months to carry out the project.
  • At the end of the project, applicants must present a 3 minute video that includes project specifics and the benefits for the school.
  • In order to select a winner, all videos will be shared with the Internet Society members’ community for voting.
  • The best project will receive an award of 3,000 USD.

Who can participate?

The Chapterthon is open to all ISOC Chapter members. In the first phase, members must contact the Chapter board to share their ideas. Each Chapter board will decide which project will represent them in the competition.

Only one project can be presented per Chapter.

Project Eligibility Criteria

All project proposals must follow the Internet Society Beyond the Net common criteria requirements.

Specific Requirements for Chapterthon Projects

1. All projects should be related to the topic and sub-topics selected for the Chapterthon.
2. The beneficiary community should be more than 50 children.
3. The program will allow just one (1) project per Chapter. This means if we receive different projects from the same Chapter, just one of them will be able to participate. In these cases, we will send the competing projects to the Chapter board and they will choose which project will represent them.
4. Participants should finish the project according to provided deadlines. Projects that do not meet these deadlines cannot participate in the contest.
5. Participants cannot ask for extensions of deadlines.
6. Participants that do not provide or send video and reporting on time, will not be able to compete for the prize. (See deadlines in the table below in this document).
7. The project can be carried out in collaboration or in partnership with another local organization.
8. Negative campaigning against other projects is prohibited. Any team participating in negative campaigning will be disqualified.

Projects

During the past months, 30 Chapters from all the regions have worked hard to extend the education benefits of the Internet to their communities. Connecting schools to the Internet, teaching coding to girls, training teachers and parents, raising awareness about the safe use of the Internet, developing an online platform for a school and helping to create educational, and local content are just some examples of the amazing work our chapters have done.

Each project has proven us once more that the Internet plays an important role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on Education. Each project has contributed to shaping the future of children, parents and teachers.

While all the projects have left an important mark on local schools, the Internet Society community members have voted and selected the best project. Chapterthon 2017 winner is the Internet Society Turkey Chapter for the project Coding Sisters, which had the aim of optimizing the opportunities for girls to be involved in STEM field.