On May 26, 2019, the winners of the second edition of InnoVoter, creative laboratory in the electoral field, have been awarded. For three days, 30 young women and men, fond of innovations, have created prototypes to visualize data on financing of political parties and electoral campaigns.
The laboratory was organized by the Central Electoral Commission and UNDP Project “Enhancing democracy through inclusive and transparent elections”, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, by the British Embassy in Chisinau through the Good Governance Fund and by the Netherlands Embassy through Matra Program.
The participants of InnoVoter were guided by mentors and six teams worked on their ideas. The jury announced the winners for three prototypes:
The first place was awarded to “iMinte Team”, made of young developers and designers, students of the “Orizont" (Durlesti) High School, which have been ranked third in 2018 edition. "It was really difficult. We are happy that we are the ones who developed a transparent and user-friendly design for citizens, as well as for investigative journalists. Now we are very satisfied, since we have proved ourselves that we can do it and we are worth to be awarded the first place," says Mihail Lavric, member of the awarded team.
The “SPQR Team”, composed of three students from the Technical University of Moldova and two young men registered as individuals, took the second place. The third place was awarded to five participants from “Breaking Changes Team”.
All winning teams received diplomas, IT products and accessories.
"All presented projects were very complex, and really amazing. All participants were simply fantastic and now CEC, the same as last year, based on the prototype of the winning team, shall develop the platform to display data on the financing of political parties and electoral campaigns,” mentioned Alexandru Balmos, Head of Information Technologies of CEC.
During the last eight years, UNDP has supported the Central Electoral Commission in developing the electoral information system. Eva Bounegru, UNDP project manager, said: "It was even more difficult for the jury to nominate the winners this year since all the presentations were very good. Innovation criteria was taken into consideration during the evaluation and the participants have done great."
During the first edition of InnoVoter in September 2018 young people have created a platform to display the ongoing process of the elections and the preliminary results, which was used during the Parliamentary Elections on February 24, 2019. UNDP has also organized events during which young people have developed various prototypes. In 2016-2017, three IT solutions for anticorruption have been developed.