FAQ




Round 1: Idea submission




What is HIV self-testing?

HIV self-testing is a type of HIV testing you can do by yourself. It allows you to collect your own test specimen, perform the test, and interpret the results in private, either alone or with guidance from someone you trust.

What is an open challenge?

An open challenge is a process that identifies a development problem, creates and publicizes the problem to seek tangible solutions from the community. It involves soliciting ideas from the public to address key issues and develop promising solutions in an open, efficient way.

Who is eligible to enter?

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 with an idea that could help to promote HIV self-testing among Nigerian youth. For the in-person HIV self-testing challenge event anyone between the ages of 10 and 24 years can participate.

Do I have to be from a specific field of study to enter the competition?

No, you do not have to be from a specific field to be eligible. We believe that innovation is a multidisciplinary approach that involves a rigorous exchange of ideas. So we welcome young people from different backgrounds and fields of study.

Can I enter more than once?

Individuals may enter the Contest only once; an individual may not participate on more than one team

How many people can be on a team?

Teams may consist of not less than two and no more than five individuals meeting all the eligible criteria.

How will I know if I have been accepted into phase 2 or phase 3 portion of the contest?

You will receive an email from the project co-ordinator stating that you have been accepted into round 2 (designathon) and/or round 3 (start-up training) portion of the contest.

When should I hear from you about my submission?

Finalists will be selected in October after the deadline for submission and all participants will be contacted about the result at the same time.

How much does 4YBY contest cost?

The 4YBY contest is absolutely free to attend. We will also provide meals, snacks, and refreshments!

What are the evaluation criteria?

Creativity, feasibility and potential to increase HIV self-testing.

How else can I get involved if I do not want to apply for the contest?

We are looking for talented and qualified youth mentors (visit the Youth Ambassador page). We're always looking for new people to get involved, so shoot us an email at 4youthbyouth@gmail.com and we'll be in touch.





Round 2: Designathon




What is a designathon?

A designathon is a series of events where people come together to solve problems. The aim of the designathon is to learn, build & share creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

How does the designathon work?

We are challenging youths in Nigeria from diverse backgrounds to design a solution to the HIV self-testing problem in Nigeria, by working with a team for 3 days. Teams in the designathon will have the opportunity to inspire each other, learn together, design together and eat together before presenting their finished product (together) to a global panel of judges.

How do I find a team?

There will be team building sessions early on in the event, where you can find others who are as excited about health innovation as you are. Working with a team of up to 5 people, you can combine your expertise and help each other to grow the best idea possible.

But I know nothing about pitching ideas?!

If you don't know about how to pitch ideas, don’t worry - learning is a huge part of the this experience. We will have workshops on all subjects and mentors to answer questions and help out teams. Come with an open mind, you'll work with a great team, learn a lot, and most importantly, have fun.

What should I bring?

Bring your laptop and any accessories that you might need. We’ll be providing some hardware to work with, as well as supplies (lots and lots of post-its, markers, etc), as needed. Also, food will be provided!

May I promote my participation in the Designathon?

Of course – it is encouraged! This event is about learning and sharing knowledge. Use #4YBY to let everyone know what you are up to.

I just got selected, now what?!

Stay tuned, we will provide more info about the upcoming event on our social media in the near future.







Round 3: Entrepreneurial Start-up Training Program




What is a business plan?

A business plan is a written description of your idea and its future. It tells what you are going to do and how you are going to do it, by outlining the strategies for how your business will take your innovative business idea to a viable enterprise.

Are there any cost involved in participating in the Entrepreneurial Start-up Training Program?

No. Participation is free of charge.

What should I bring?

Bring your laptop and any accessories that you might need. We’ll be providing some hardware to work with, as well as supplies (lots and lots of post-its, markers, notepads etc), as needed. Also, food will be provided!

May I promote my participation in the Entrepreneurial Start-up Training Program?

Of course – it is encouraged! This event is about learning and sharing knowledge. Use #4YBY to let everyone know what you are up to



Confidentiality Statement & Intellectual Property


As a contestant, you are responsible to protect any information concerning your plan that you share with advisors, team members, and fellow participants of the competition. 4YBY takes no responsibility for unwanted disclosure in these instances. Contestants should be careful about disclosing information concerning proprietary concepts. By participating any 4YBY Challenge contests, contestants agree that 4YBY and all related parties assume no liability and shall have no liability or obligation whatsoever for disclosures of information provided by a contestant as part of a submission or otherwise during the course of the competition.

Contestants concerned about the protection of intellectual property may contact the us at info@4yby.org.