Apps 4 Digital Peace, sponsored by the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), and the UN Office of the Envoy on Youth, is intended to bring together young innovators and leaders from the technology and policy communities to address the urgent need to improve cybersecurity and reduce tensions between nations online.
This first-of-its-kind competition aims to stimulate new thinking from innovative young minds across the world. The goal of the Competition is to develop original technology-based solutions, such as mobile applications, to both help limit the use of the internet as a domain of conflict, and to increase the security and stability of our online environment.
The Competition is meant to complement the work of the United Nations in promoting an open, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful cyber environment through:
- addressing existing and potential cyber threats,
- Ensuring respect for international law in cyberspace,
- Ensuring respect for human rights in cyberspace,
- Adherence to voluntary norms, rules and principles,
- Fostering confidence building, and
- cybersecurity capacity building.
UNODA and Cybersecurity Tech Accord hope that the Apps 4 Digital Peace initiative will help bring together young innovators and leaders from the technology and policy communities to address the urgent need to improve cybersecurity and reduce tensions between nations online.
Finalists will be in the running to receive both cash prizes and networking opportunities to help get their ideas off the ground. The winner will get the opportunity to attend the Cybersecurity Tech Accord’s annual meeting to present their Apps 4 Digital Peace winning submission to some of the world’s leading technology companies committed to improving security online for users everywhere.