I wished that I had seen the announcement for World Challenge 2006 earlier. But I didn't. I wish I had seen it earlier because the deadline for nominations for their U.S.$20,000.00 grant award is June 4, 2006 at 5:00 (GMT)
So, what is World Challenge 2006?
In their own words:
"World Challenge 2006, brought to you by BBC World and Newsweek, in association with Shell (Oil Company), aims to find individuals or groups from around the world who have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level…
I*"World Challenge 2006 is all about global involvement, casting a net for ideas from individuals or groups deserving recognition."*I
The program aims to find projects that make a real difference to local communities.
The competition is geared towards "finding individuals or groups from around the world who have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. We want to hear from our viewers and readers about the entrepreneurs who are making a difference without costing the earth. It could be you or someone you know."
They have been building up to this competition since March by airing of a series of 12 vignettes featuring the previous twelve finalists, and those vignettes were repeated during subsequent three months period on BBC World. The featured case studies also appeared in Newsweek Magazine in a special advertising series sponsored by Shell. I'm sorry that I missed all of these promotions, but hey, since the nominations are to be emailed, there is still time - particularly since the nomination entails a statement of no more than 250 words describing why the project deserves to win the US$20,000 prize.
World Challenge 2006 is looking for nominations for innovative projects or ideas that demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit working for the benefit of the community whilst adopting a responsible approach to the environment.
Particularly, the are looking for
"o A project that shows initiative, the innovative use of technology or an invention.
o Small business projects that increase investment into the local community.
o Projects that take a responsible approach to the environment in which they are operating.
You should take note that in addition to the requirement that the statement should not be more than 250 words, there are other requirements as well.
o The nominations
must be filled out in English and all the sections of the nomination form completed.
must be e-mailed via the facility on www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/nominate
must be received no later than 5pm (GMT) 04 June 2006.
Also, no supplementary information will be considered after receipt of the nomination so don't send in pictures of your pet goldfish or your girlfriend.
For information on the voting process and the selection process and other useful information, you can go to the Entry Rules .
At the World Challenge 2006 web site, you can also find links to a
Judges Panel and a list of the
2005 Winners .
So, spread the word, about World Challenge 2006 and maybe it is not a bad idea to tell folks to be on the lookout for World Challenge 2007 for next year.