Announcing the 2014 Access Innovation Prize

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Access is pleased to announce the 2014 Access Innovation Prize is now open to submissions! We want to support projects making innovative tools and services that help users access human rights they may not otherwise be able to enjoy. The winner of the award will be announced at RightsCon: Silicon Valley in March.

Access Innovation Prize – US$50,000

This year Access is looking for communication technology initiatives from across the world to address the issue of improving “endpoint security” of individuals and communities working in high-risk environments. “Endpoint security” aims to secure the device and software an individual uses to communicate online — we’re looking to make secure communications more usable for journalists, activists, and human rights defenders that require such security.

The 2014 Access Innovation Prize is focused on improving projects that the endpoint security of at-risk users in need. You can submit a nearly complete project, improve existing tools, or something in-between. Further details and application instructions are listed on the Access Innovation Prize webpage.

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Sponsor a Prize

Thanks to the John Templeton Foundation for once again sponsoring the Access Innovation Prizes this year. Contact us at [email protected] to inquire about sponsoring a prize category and learn more about how you can help play an integral role in encouraging and supporting innovation designed to protect human rights.

We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity again this year, and would like to thank everyone who participated in the previous Access Innovation Prize, including the judges, finalists, and winners. Access is proud to have brought together such an amazing set of people, and we look forward to doing it again this year!