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Atrocity Prevention Challenge: Tips for Prototyping
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We’ve been on an awesome journey in the Atrocity Prevention Challenge Ideas phase with over 150 posted ideas and more than 1000 conversations strengthening those ideas. Today we’re announcing our Top 17 shortlist. As we head into the Prototyping phase, our sponsors have seen a few themes emerge in the ways they think the ideas can be tested and prototyped:
Some of the ideas could either work well in geographically remote locations or in politically unstable regions where a government has shut down communication – but not both. As you refine and prototype your idea, which of those two problems is it best suited to tackle? Once you’ve decided, focus on the issues, opportunities and solutions of your chosen context.
Some of the ideas also offer a way for individuals to signal distress. How can each of those ideas help those individuals share not just that they’re in trouble but specify the type of trouble they’re in or other relevant information? Additionally, can these signals work effectively inside already existing organisations? Sometimes the ideas assume there is someone on the other end who can monitor all incoming distress calls – but often smaller organisations already have some form of this. Can some of these individual distress signal ideas also apply to members of already formed groups?
We’ve seen a few themes emerge that we wanted to offer tips on as well:
One of the hardest things to do is change someone’s behavior. What incentives might each of these ideas provide to make participating in it easy, fun and natural? Sometimes the difference between a good and great prototype is the creative way people are incentivised to try it.
Think Like a Hacker
Another tricky issue in this challenge is security. We encourage you as you’re prototyping and testing these ideas to think like a hacker. If you were going to misuse the idea – how might you do so? And as a collaborator to improve the idea – how might you take that mentality and help strengthen the idea?
Now’s the time to roll up your sleeves, dive in and collaborate to prototype and test each idea. Before we jump in, we also wanted to take a moment to recognise our Honorable Mentions for this challenge:
Ambient "How Safe Are We Feeling" Murals by Paul Bennett
Reporting and documenting sexual violence in DRC by Anne Bennett
And now, check out the shortlist and start prototyping! Keen to know more about how our Prototyping phase works? Check this lowdown.