progress of the challenge

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key dates

May 2014: launch of call for entries for the Competition. Opening of registration by research project proposal.

July 15th 2014: The sets of anonymised data from Orange will be made accessible to the candidates who have been selected and have signed the ‘ terms and conditions’ of the challenge.

August 15th 2014  : new closing date for receipt of application packs instead of 31 July 2014initially also mentioned in the terms and conditions.

September 2014: The sets of Synthetic Call Data Record are made available, for analysis and comparisons

31 December 2014: closing date for submitting the project research results.

Submissions should be sent to Orange, at the following address:

February-March 2015: assessment of projects by the D4D committee and selection of winners.

8 - 10 April 2015: presentation of award-winning projects at the NetMob conference at the MIT (Boston) and publication of the work on the website in open access.

May-June 2015: presentation of results and potential projects arising from them to the relevant organisations by Orange-Sonatel in Senegal.


who can take part? 

To be able to access the data sets and enter the competition, participants should be formally affiliated to a public or private research institution. Teams that submit a project may be mixed and combine the skills of a research institution and entrepreneurship. Orange reserves the right to refuse applications that do not meet these eligibility criteria.


how the ‘Data For Development Senegal Challenge’ works 

An individual or a team wishing to participate in the challenge should register by proposing a research project on the website set up for this purpose. 
The competition organisation does not publish any descriptions of the proposed projects. 
They remain confidential and are used exclusively to guarantee compliance with the objectives of the challenge and the criteria for participation of the teams.

The running of the challenge is broken down into the following 5 stages:



Orange and Sonatel will select the projects that are in line with the objectives of the ‘D4D Senegal Challenge’, by addressing one of the 5 themes of the challenge or proposing an original subject in this case clearly in line with the development objectives of the challenge.
Only the selected projects will obtain access to a copy of the data and will be able to take part in the Competition.
Orange will send confirmation by e-mail to the participants invited to take part in the competition with a reference number. 
The leaders of participating teams should then have the ‘Terms and Conditions’ signed by the head of the laboratory/institution and then return them to in order to be able to enter the competition.

sending of the signed Terms and Conditions and data access key

On receipt of the signed ‘Terms and Conditions’, an e-mail containing a link and a customised access key will be sent for secure access to the data set.
This access key is single-use.
In the event of a problem, a new one should be requested from the competition organisation.

  1. the Challenge rules


submission of results

Submission of results, until December 31, 2014; is made based on 3 documents to be submitted to the president of the judging panel:

  • the Research Report (no template provided)
  • a A0 Poster to present the synthesis of your work (one page only, template provided)
  • a project document (mainly for Grant and 5 Development Prizes) focusing on the Grant allocation criteria (two pages only, template provided).

This format is intended to facilitate communication: production of published manuals, press release documents, posters for the NetMob Conference and summary paragraph intended for the public for better understanding of the results of your work.

presentation of results

The results will be presented at an event organised by Orange at the  NetMob Conference on 8-10 April 2015.
The winning teams and a wide selection of commended projects will be invited by Sonatel, the Orange Group and the president of ‘D4D Committee’ to present their results.
Either in a presentation on the conference agenda or in 'poster' mode in the conference areas that will be  provided for this purpose.
The results of all works will only be made public on the day of the conference for announcing the results. 
The ‘ terms and conditions’ stipulate that the results of the research work carried out on the challenge data cannot be made public before the conference.
Other feedback is expected, particularly in Senegal or to institutions that could benefit from the contribution of experience. 
Details of this feedback will be published at a later date.

use of the data after the competition

The data may only be used exclusively in the context of the ‘D4D Senegal’ competition. 
Any use after the end of the competition (January 2015) is forbidden. 
Any project requiring prolonged use of the data and whose purpose is also to aid development should be the subject of a request and a specific agreement from Orange laboratories.