Following spectacular Regional Finals in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, Kyiv, Kampala and The Hague, we have concluded our world-wide Innovating Justice Challenge in Dhaka on October 6th. Four justice entrepreneurs from India, Myanmar and Bangladesh presented their justice innovation and competed for a chance to join HiiL’s Accelerator. The Dhaka Finals, which had been organized in close cooperation with BRAC, were the first time an Innovating Justice Challenge was held in Bangladesh. As HiiL is looking to expand its activities to East Asia, the Dhaka Regional Finals were a spectacular start of our justice journey there.
The keynote speech by Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman focused on the need for innovation in the justice sector. According to Dr. Rahman: “many people pay bribes to protect themselves, not to gain anything”.
The winner of the pitch competition was Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions Pvt Ltd from India, a tech platform which helps citizens discover, apply for and benefit for government welfare schemes. The other three innovators that participated were:
- Lawmate.In from, which providesall business legal services to startups on one single online platform.
- Babadon Sango from Bangladesh, which prepares maps use of an open source Android based mobile application, Geo-ODK, on smart phones and tablets by Deed Writers and Para surveyors
- Ma Ma Gyi App from Myanmar, a security technology app for women to commute safely, by allowing them to communicate with their circle of trust