FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
We are seeking ideas for technology-based interventions that reduce the Word Gap. These can be, but are not limited to, intervention programs, methodologies, educational technology, media and entertainment, enhanced diagnostic tools, data solutions, etc.
- Consider becoming a mentor (details to come during Phase 2, beginning March 11, 2016).
- Join the conversation about Word Gap on social media (#WordGap).
- Share information and links about the Challenge with your friends and colleagues.
We hope that the more people who are involved, the greater the conversation will be, and the sooner the Word Gap is reduced for all Americans.
Yes, we will. Winning submissions must be able to be tested for effectiveness and must be scalable.
The Word Gap Challenge is structured in such a way that you may not compete in Phase 2 or 3 directly without participating and winning Phase 1.
Yes. Although you have an MVP or prototype, you still must apply to Phase 1 of the Challenge to be considered for subsequent phases.
The goal of the Challenge is “to develop a low-cost, scalable technologically-based intervention that drives parents and caregivers to talk and engage in more back-and-forth interactions with their young children (ages 0–4).”
Likewise, looking at the submission requirements, participants are required to provide the judges with “a description of how you arrived at your idea.”
This means that there needs to be something innovative and original in the application; it is not enough to merely “take an off-the-shelf app, provide it to a sample population, and see how things go.”
While the Challenge language is broad enough to encompass the use of an existing app as a part of a participant’s entry, there still needs to be clear innovation (such as, using the app in a creative way or modifying how the app is used to make it ‘stickier’).
The purpose of the Challenges is to drive innovation, so there has to be a clearly innovative offering in your submission for it to successfully compete.
Following the Phase 1 close date, compliant submissions will be reviewed according to the Phase 1 selection criteria by the Challenge advisors. Based on the feedback of the advisors, a federal selection committee will choose the winning submissions that move on to Phase 2.
Yes, individuals or teams that were selected as winners at the end of Phase 1 are eligible to win Phase 2 and 3.
Multiple submissions are allowed, but each one must be a unique approach, sufficiently differentiated, and in compliance with the Challenge Requirements. Although you may have a greater likelihood of selection, only one prize will be awarded per team.
Yes, each entrant retains full ownership and title in and to their submission. As an entrant, you reserve all intellectual property rights not expressly granted under the Challenge agreement.
However, by participating in the Challenge, you, as an entrant, irrevocably grant HRSA a limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license and right to reproduce, publically perform, publically display and use the submission for internal HHS business, and to the extent necessary to administer the Challenge, and to publically perform and publically display the submission, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge.
The HRSA Word Gap Challenge is a platform. It is an opportunity to get expert validation on your idea, access to brilliant mentors, exposure to a wide audience, and possibly cash incentives to deploy your solution at scale.
Phase 1 is now closed. Only Phase 1 winners will advance to the next phase.
Yes, more than one individual is permitted to complete a submission package during all phases of the Challenge. Team members are solely responsible for allocating the value of services, awards, or prizes to be granted by HRSA as described in the Terms & Conditions. HRSA will not arbitrate, intervene, advise on, or resolve any matters between entrants. Unresolved conflicts among team members may impact the team’s ability to compete in subsequent phases of the program.