Global Tech Challenge Winners Announced

Mar 01, 2021

The result of a partnership between the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM (licensee for the World Trade Center Las Vegas) and the World Bank Group, the Global Tech Challenge was launched to reward scalable and innovative technological solutions in three main areas: digital health in East Africa, resilience in India and gender equality around the world.

From among more than 1000 applications, three winners were selected for gender equality, 10 for resilience and 17 for digital health. More details about the selected innovations can be accessed here.

Global Tech Challenge winners will have the opportunity to access financial and/or technical assistance to pilot and scale their solutions on the ground with private sector companies, governments and within development projects financed by the World Bank Group, one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries.

The TechEmerge Health East Africa Challenge, launched by IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has selected 17 tech companies from 11 countries to partner with East African healthcare providers to pilot their solutions in the local market. These innovators have access to a grant fund pool of U.S. $1Million and they will also receive technical and advisory support from IFC. The program is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry and the Government of Japan. For details, visit:

The TechEmerge Resilience India Challenge, launched in partnership with the National Disaster Management Authority of India (NDMA), has selected 10 tech innovators and entrepreneurs who offer solutions through disruptive technologies such as AI, IoT, Drones, 3D printing, Digital Platforms and more. These innovators have access to a grant fund pool of U.S. $1Million to pilot their solutions. IBM will provide cloud credits and technical assistance. For details, visit:

Supported by the World Bank’s Digital Development Practice, whose mission is to achieve connectivity for all, the Solutions for Women Challenge rewarded scalable and innovative technological solutions that seek to increase digital access, skills and opportunities for women. The challenge was supported by a panel of leading experts from: Microsoft 4Afrika Initiatives, GSMA, SoftBank, the International Telecommunication Union, IBM and The Female Quotient. For more information, visit