FAQ

World HIV Self-testing Contest

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.

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 one 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 much does 4YBY contest cost?

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

What are the evaluation criteria?

Feasibility, impact and desirability of idea. The evaluation criteria are also listed in the contest handbook.

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.

Who can join the Designathon?
Anyone! No matter what field you work in, what level of experience you have, if you are ready to work with others to tackle big issues, we would love for you to join us. We believe that by sharing our diverse perspectives, talents and ideas with each other, we will be better equipped to tackle issues in innovative ways
How can I make submission a top idea?

Top ideas are ideas that best answer the contest question and that we believe have the most potential for impact among Nigerian youth, selected by our Contest Advisory panel and our team according to the evaluation criteria.

What kind of innovative ideas are we looking for?

You can submit ideas for products, technologies, services or other kinds of digital innovation that address the health issue highlighted in the contest question.

How will you contact us if our idea gets selected to go into the Designathon?

You will be notified by email once you are selected

How much does it cost?

Admission to the event, food, and swag are all FREE

Can I submit more than one idea?

No, each team is restricted to submit one idea

Can I change my team during the Designathon?

In the event that you have intention of switching your team, please alert one of the contest organizers as soon as possible or email us at info@4yby.org

May I join more than one team?

To ensure commitment and to avoid conflict of interest, you are not encouraged to join more than one team

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.

Innovation Bootcamp

Is there any cost involved in participating in the innovation bootcamp?

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, etc), as needed. Also, food will be provided!

May I promote my participation in the innovation bootcamp?

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