Crowdsourcing open calls benefit populations as a whole by creating open communication and engagement. They include a sea of creative ideas from independently skilled and diverse individuals over a wide area offering innovative solutions to questions and real-world problems.
4 Youth By Youth (4YBY), in partnership with Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA), conducted a crowdsourcing open call from December 14, 2020, to January 31, 2021, to solicit creative and unique approaches in which adolescents and young people aged 14-24 years old have been engaged in HIV-related research projects throughout Africa. Participants submitted their ideas in the form of texts, images, and videos. Three to five independent reviewers scored each submission on a 10-point scale (with 10 being the highest) based on the innovation, feasibility in Africa, logical representation of youth engagement, extent of youth engagement, and scalability in African settings.
Altogether, we received 95 submissions in response to the contest. Of which, 74 submissions from 15 different countries were eligible for further evaluation by external judges. Majority of the submissions received a mean score of 7 out of 10 points. Top 12 entries were selected to receive monetary awards. However, the following top four finalists were selected to their deliver presentations during the webinar event: Oum Carine Joёlle Nyogog, Mandi Tembo, Nicola Willis, and Takhona Hlatshwako. Additionally, all youth engagement submission responses from the crowdsourcing open call were analyzed and a new typology for conceptualizing youth engagement will be introduced.
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 9am-10am Eastern Time (ET) / 2pm-3pm West African Time (WAT), Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA) is hosting a webinar titled “Youth Engagement in HIV Research in Africa: an Open AHISA Event” in partnership with 4 Youth By Youth (4YBY).
Our open call is novel in a way that it provides our finalists with the opportunity to play a role in the co-creation of the manuscript as co-authors. Engaging youth is and always will be our first priority to generate change and solutions in Nigeria and worldwide.
4YBY, I-TEST, and AHISA welcome and invite ALL to join this event, but registration is required: https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscO2vqD8uGnznaGUM0zcR6f0iH6g9vY4
For more information on the crowdsourcing open call, please visit: https://4yby.org/adolescent-engagement-in-hiv-research-in-africa/
To learn more about AHISA, please see: https://www.fic.nih.gov/About/center-global-health-studies/Pages/adolescent-hiv-prevention-treatment-implementation-science-alliance.aspx#:~:text=The%20Adolescent%20HIV%20Prevention%20and,Africa%20by%20catalyzing%20collaboration%20and