The mission statement of AIS is as follows:
“The Association for Information Systems (AIS) serves society through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. AIS is the premier professional association for individuals and organizations who lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide.”
As students and future practitioners of Information Systems (IS), you play a significant part in this mission to serve society. The AIS Student Chapters Technology Innovation Challenge focuses on information systems solutions, innovations and initiatives that help make the world a better, safer place for organizations and society in general. This challenge will allow you to demonstrate the impact that IS can have in improving the world in which live. If you accept this challenge, your team of 1-5 individuals will design and implement an innovative IS solution fitting one of the parameters below. Your solution may run on any platform, be coded in any language and deployed in any device environment. Projects that implement an IoT solution are particularly welcome.
Topic areas will focus around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and may include, but are not limited to, the topics presented below.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Each of the 17 goals has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Goals include:
- No poverty
- Zero hunger
- Good health and well-being
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic growth
- Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
- Reduced inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible consumption and production
- Climate action
- Life below water
- Life on land
- Peace, justice, and strong institutions
- Partnerships for the goals
Successful submissions will propose an IS/IT-centered solution to a problem or opportunity that addresses on of the 17 sustainable development goals. Participants are encouraged to be creative and think out of the box to develop an innovative solution to an identified problem.
For more details about the UN Sustainable Development Goals go to http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/