DUTO finalist at the Stockholm Challenge 2008

The Stockholm Challenge is one of the most prestigious Information and Communications Technology competition in Internet, organized by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. This competition is divided in six different categories, and DUTO with the IRIS Project have just been nominated to the Stockholm Trophy in the Health Category. This trophy has been called many times the Nobel Price for the Technology in Internet.

In this versión of the award more than 390 projects have been posed, from all around the world. From these only a reduced number have been selected as finalists for each category, in the Health category 19 have been choose, In which DUTO is the only represent ant from Colombia, among the 3 projects selected from South America. There’s also 6 projects from Nort Armerica, 2 from Europe, 1 from the Australian Continent, 1 from Africa, 3 from Asia y 3 from Asia and 3 from the East of Asia. For the entire list please visit:


The winners of the different categories will be announced at the Gala Dinner and Award ceremony in the Stockholm City Blue Hall on May 22. The winner will receive the Stockholm Challenge trophy and certificate of achievement and a cheque for 5.000 Euros at that event. The Gala Evening will close Challenge Week, which will be held at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm between May 19 – 22.

Here are some more information taken from the Stockholm Challenge Website:

“The Stockholm Challenge 2008 features a six category Award for ICT for Development projects. The best projects will win the prestigious Stockholm Challenge trophies and receive a 5.000 Euro stipend. The prize ceremony will take place in the City Hall on May 22, in the evening. That is the last day of Challenge Week, which runs from May 19 – 22. An extended program of workshops, conference, study visits and social gatherings will bring together the most inspiring ICT entrepreneurs, researchers and students from all over the world to share experiences and knowledge. 

The Stockholm Challenge promotes ICT for development with a six category award that invites entries from projects that use ICT to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Participants present their methods and their achievements to the Challenge jury, the world and each other through the Challenge online platform. The award has been open for applications from January 1, 2007 to January 15, 2008.

The 2008 programme will close with Challenge Week in Stockholm in May 19-22. This five day event for the finalists has become one of the strong features of the Challenge programme. The invitation-only event is free to all finalists who constitute a community of energy, expertise and inspiration in social entrepreneurship. In May 2006 Challenge Week brought over 200 people to Stockholm to participate in workshops, a conference, study visits and the prize giving event in the City Hall.”

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Saturday, April 19th, 2008