(*This blog has been updated on March 10th, 2023.)
As you may have noticed, Seeed has been promoting the idea of using open tech communities’ strengths, skill sets, and resources for meaningful causes like the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for some time now: i) avidly posting LinkedIn contents using hashtags like #Makers4SDGs, #OpenTech4SDGs, and #Seeed4SDGs, ii) initiating Earth Day campaigns; iii) sponsoring SDG hackathons and maker projects, and; iv) participating sustainability-focused events/talks.
Why? Because – in the era of globalization and unpredictable socio-economic, environmental, and technological transformations, decentralized innovation has become an indispensable component for sustainable development of the world. In particular, environmental challenges posed by climate change have increasingly become complex and multi-dimensional in nature.
On this backdrop, Seeed is happy to launch “#Tech4Good Bounty Program”, which is an ALL-YEAR-ROUND IoT product sponsorship program to upgrade your already built-up prototypes with Seeed Studio’s industrial-grade IoT products on “Advanced Perception System”, including but not limited to sensors, networks, and edge computing devices. Therefore, if you’re from academia, NGOs, and UN agencies, don’t be shy to apply for this IoT product sponsorship opportunity. At Seeed Studio, we’re here to serve our planet better. Thereby, in this blog, we’ve covered A-Z questions you may all have regarding this sponsorship program. Scroll down to explore! 😀
I. What’s “#Tech4Good Bounty Program” About?
As the name suggests, the 2030 Agenda of SDGs is expected to be achieved by the year of 2030, by means of SDG 17 on global multi-stakeholder partnerships from all sectors, disciplines, and spheres. This implies that we now have less than 7 years to reach the SDGs by 2030. This means that we, as the makers and innovators of open tech communities, should be boldly and proactively involved in addressing these challenges by utilizing open source hardware and software resources. Only by coming together, working together, and taking concerted actions together, can we be able to address the collectively recognized challenges of our time. And this is ‘why’ Seeed Studio is launching the open call for “#Tech4Good Bounty Program” for all open tech communities to contribute to achieving the SDGs. Check out the Bounty Program’s benefits and details below.
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II. What Can I Get?
By applying for #Tech4Good Bounty Program, you will receive:
🟢 Free IoT products (SenseCAP LoRaWAN sensors, data transfer units, gateways, reTerminal, reComputer, reServer, Edge Series, Grove sensors, XIAO microcontrollers, etc.) needed for scaling up your sustainability project deployment
🟢 Global promotion and marketing through official corporate websites, newsletters, SNS channels, and more
🟢 Potential SDG partnership opportunity with Seeed Studio, which consists of free fusion prototyping, hardware customization services, and global distribution services
III. Which SDGs Are Targeted?
We’re focusing on project topics like scientific tools, meteorological monitoring, environmental and wildlife conservation, agriculture, smart cities and communities, renewable energy facility monitoring, supply chain management, and industrial digitalization. By collaborating with you on these topics, Seeed is keen on accelerating 10 SDGs for #Tech4Good Bounty Program:
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IV. Where Can I Apply?
Apply for #Tech4Good Bounty Program directly via clicking this Google Application Form. This application is valid for the above-mentioned 10 SDGs-related projects that you’ve built up so far. For project inspirations, check out Seeed’s “Project Repository of IoT2Wild Contest for Sustainable Planet 2022” – available for free downloads!
V. What’s the Selection Criteria and Procedure?
Now, in order for your application to be highly likely to be selected, you might wanna take a look at the following attractive points:
- You know how to use Seeed products
- Your expertise, responsible heart, passion for making, and enthusiasm in sharing
- Your genuine commitment and vision for SDG projects
- Your ability to spread bigger #Tech4Good influence
So, what happens after you submit your applications?
- Based on the submitted online applications, most interesting, feasible, and influential SDG projects will be selected.
- Only the selected projects’ applicants will be contacted by email for a virtual meeting, within 2 weeks of application submission date.
- After the virtual meeting, final applicants will be chosen for hardware sponsorship, and various proportional refund coupons will be distributed.
Last but not least, if you’re looking for a hardware partner to materialize immense possibilities and potentials of AIoT solutions through collaborative sustainability events, hands-on workshops, and multi-stakeholder partnerships, please write to us via email: [email protected]
For any other inquiries, feel free to leave a comment in the ‘Comment Section’ below, and we’ll come back to you with a reply ASAP. All the best, and looking forward to learning about your ah-mazing SDG projects! 😍