Chapterthon 2018

Internet of Things (IoT) – The future is ours to shape

The Internet Society seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives in all parts of the world by providing them meaningful access to an open, secure, trusted and globally-connected Internet.

According to Internet Society 2017 Global Internet Report security will be the most pressing challenge of the next decade, and IoT will play a critical role in it.

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to change the way we live for the better. Projections for the impact of IoT on the Internet and the global economy are impressive, forecasting explosive growth in the number of IoT devices and their use in a wide variety of new and exciting applications. According to one estimate, “connected devices will number 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015.”
We invite all our chapters members to participate on 2018 Chapterthon and work together to make our increasingly connected world a safer place.

What is a Chapterthon?

Chapterthon is a global Internet Society (ISOC) Chapters marathon, where all ISOC Chapters can participate by developing a project within a timeline and budget to achieve a common goal for the development of Internet. Once the project is finalized, the best project receives a prize.

For 2018, the topic is Internet of Things (IoT) – The future is ours to shape.

Project shall fit in one of the following categories:

  • Consumer awareness and education campaigns on Internet of Things (IoT) in general and IoT Security in particular to inform the consumers what IoT is, why it is important to keep it secure.
  • Advocacy Program for policymakers to encourage them to take an active role in guiding the IoT marketplace and strengthening protection for consumers.
  • Promotion of the OTA IoT Trust Framework that requires a shared responsibility including industry (Manufacturers and retailers) embracing security and privacy by design and adopt responsible privacy practices to protect the Internet and consumers from cyber threats.
  • Develop a smart IoT solutions, be aware of the program timeline (1,5 months to complete it).
  • Creation of videos in local languages for all the above.

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  • Each project will receive funding up to 2,000.00 USD and applicants will have 1.5 months to carry out the project.
  • At the end of the project, applicants must present a 3 minute video that includes project specifics and the benefits for the school.
  • In order to select a winner, all videos will be shared with the Internet Society members’ community for voting.
  • The best project will receive an award of 3,000 USD.

Who can participate?

The Chapterthon is open to all ISOC Chapter members. In the first phase, members must contact the Chapter board to share their ideas. Each Chapter board will decide which project will represent them in the competition.

Only one project can be presented per Chapter.

Project Eligibility Criteria

All project proposals must follow the Internet Society Beyond the Net common criteria requirements.

Specific Requirements for Chapterthon Projects

1. All projects should be related to the topic and sub-topics selected for the Chapterthon.
2. The program will allow just one (1) project per Chapter. This means if we receive different projects from the same Chapter, just one of them will be able to participate. In these cases, we will send the competing projects to the Chapter board and they will choose which project will represent them.
3. Participants should finish the project according to provided deadlines. Projects that do not meet these deadlines cannot participate in the contest.
4. Participants cannot ask for extensions of deadlines.
5. Participants that do not provide or send video and reporting on time, will not be able to compete for the prize. (See deadlines in the table below in this document).
6. The project can be carried out in collaboration or in partnership with another local organization.
7. Negative campaigning against other projects is prohibited. Any team participating in negative campaigning will be disqualified.

How to participate?

Phase one: All Chapter members

1. Think about a project that fits under the topics above. (Download the Proposal form to start thinking about your application.)
2. Contact other Chapter members and form a team.
3. Make sure the community you want to help wants to join you in the project.
4. Think about local sponsorship.
5. Send your project idea and an estimated budget to the Chapter board.

You may refer to the Chapter list to find your Chapter board contact details.

If your Project is selected by the Chapter board:

1. Define with the board members the role they will play in the project.
2. Complete the Online Application Form via Zoomgrants (below).

Note that all funding related to the project will be wired to the Chapter bank account. Funds will not in any case be wired to individual members.

We strongly recommend you review the following tutorials before applying:

Applications are now closed.

Answers to the questions in the ZoomGrants form can be submitted in English, French, and Spanish. 
A ZoomGrants tutorial can be downloaded here (PDF).
As part of the evaluation process, be ready to provide any additional information about your application.

Activity Timeline Deadline
Application call to all Chapter members 20 June – 10 August 10 August
Info session 28 June (10:30 and 18:00 UTC)
Evaluation, approvals, payments 13 – 31 August 31 August
Project implementation 1 September – 19 October 19 October
Video delivery 22 October – 02 November 02 November
Provide reports  22 October – 02 November 02 November
Community voting 08 – 22 November 22 November
Winner announcement 04 December

What happens next

The Internet Society staff reviews all project proposals to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria. Projects that do not meet the criteria will be declined. If your proposal is approved for funding, the Internet Society will contact you with a grant agreement to sign, disbursement setup, and other details. All applicants will be notified of their results via email.

Phase Two:  Successful Chapters

1. Implement your project according to the programme timeline.

2. Create a 3 min video about the project and how the Internet will change the lives of the community involved. We recommend that you:

a. Start by reviewing the video guide information.
b. Create your video as an MP4, encoded using the H.264 codec, at 15-20Mbps for 1080p HD content.
c. Start the video with your Chapter logo. You can find the Internet Society branding material here.

For more information, please refer to the Video Tips.

Please note that the deadline for video submission is 2 November.

3. Submit your project reports (details below).

Please note that the deadline for submitting the reports is 2 November.

Failure to comply with this requirement will exclude your project from the contest.

Prize and recognition

  • The Internet Society member community will select the best project by online voting.
  • The best project will receive an award of 3,000.00 USD (as mentioned above, the funds will be sent via the Chapter account).
  • Each participant will receive a Certificate of Participation, after the submission of the project report and submission of the video .
  • All project videos will be uploaded to our website.
  • The winner will be announced via mailing lists, social media, and the Community Projects blog.

Reporting Requirements: Written and Financial

As part of the follow-up, ISOC requires that every grantee submit a final report according to the programme timeline specified above. All reports have to be submitted through ZoomGrants by logging into the same account that has been used by the chapter to apply for the funds:

The chapter is also requested to keep all invoices for audit purposes. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the request to return funds to ISOC and the suspension of the Chapter from any future funding.

Any questions?

Feel free to contact if you have any questions about the program.

2018 Projects

Forty three Chapters participated in the challenge this year.

Congratulations to the Benin Chapter, Winner of Chapterthon 2018, and to the other finalists: Afghanistan Chapter and Brazil Chapter!

Chapterthon 2017 won the WSIS Prize 2018!

Chapterthon 2017 has won the WSIS Prize 2018 for the Category C11: International and Regional Cooperation. WSIS Prizes is a unique international contest developed to showcase the projects that are leveraging the power of ICTs to achieve the United Nations SDGs, 17 global goals dedicated to building a better world by 2030.