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3-6 June 2019 • Vancouver, Canada
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Appy Hour

Innovations to transform the lives of girls and women.


Three Cheers for Mobile Innovations!

At this lively mixer, attendees will enjoy a hands-on experience, testing out different mobile innovations with the potential to change the world for girls and women. Developers are invited to submit their apps for a chance to showcase in front of thousands of global changemakers.

Not only is Appy Hour one of the most popular events at Women Deliver, it can help catapult careers. In 2016, several Appy Hour presenters received additional funding to scale their products as a direct result of participating in Appy Hour.


Meet the Appy Hour Presenters!

1) Girl Rising (Girl Rising India)
Based on real-life stories from The Girl Rising film, this mobile game uses puzzles and other tasks to help people identify gender-based discrimination and question commonly held beliefs.

2) SafeCity (Red Dot Foundation)
Crowdsourcing and aggregating personal stories of sexual violence in public spaces, this app displays hot spots on a map that can be used to study patterns and trends and create greater awareness and action.

3) MediCapt(Physicians for Human Rights)
Sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Kenya is rarely tried in court – usually for lack of evidence. With MediCapt, healthcare providers can securely collect and store forensic evidence – even in conflict zones and remote locations – and transfer it to authorities.

4) myPlan(Johns Hopkins University)
Accessible via mobile app and website, myPlan is an interactive tool designed to assist survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) in identifying and navigating their own safe path forward.

5) SafePal (SafePal)
With SafePal, users can confidentially report incidents of sexual violence and find nearby service providers for help. The app also alerts the nearest provider, prompting them to contact the survivor and start providing help immediately.

6) Hello Doctor(Durbin Labs Limited)
Hello Doctor enables patients in Bangladesh to consult with doctors through video and audio calls using very little bandwidth. This fast, low-cost platform also facilitates e-prescriptions and medicine reminders.

7) HELPLINE(Youth Net and Counselling – YONECO)
Developed to help combat gender-based violence and child abuse, Helpline empowers users in Malawi to easily report any abuse and violence they witness or experience firsthand. In addition to a panic button, the app also uses GPS to help locate the crime as well as connect users with nearby services.

8) Lucy Bot(Paradigm Youth Network Organization)
A chatbot on Facebook Messenger, Lucy Bot makes it easier for Kenyan youth to ask questions about sexual and reproductive health. With the personality of a fun friend, she provides facts and advice through real-time answers as well as a directory of content on important topics like HIV/AIDS, contraception and more.

9) Youth Opportunities (Youth Opportunities)
With the Youth Opportunities app, you can find the latest opportunities – such as scholarships, internships, competitions, conferences, exchange programs, workshops and more – for free.

10) Lulu’s Journey(Lulu Lab)
This educational game invites users to learn about menstrual hygiene while playing as the character Lulu. Using visuals and voice-overs, this game works both online and offline, and provides developers with information about the users’ knowledge level and learning progress.

11) M-TIBA (PharmAccess Group)
With M-TIBA, Kenyans can use their mobile phone to send, save, and spend funds specifically for medical treatment – making it easier for girls and women to gain access to quality, certified care and save and pay for contraception and family planning services.

12) Nighedaasht (Aga Khan Development Network)
In remote, rural areas of Pakistan, community midwives use this app to communicate with physicians, make referrals, capture important patient data, and watch educational videos, ensuring pregnant women receive the care they need during pregnancy, delivery and after birth.

13) askPCOS (Monash University)
Designed for girls and women who think they may have or know they have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), this app features a self-diagnostic quiz, easy-to-understand information, commonly asked questions, videos by experts, and more.

14) NiDARR(Ujyalo Foundation)
Designed to mitigate gender-based violence, NiDARR uses features like a panic button and safety check-ins to help individuals stay securely connected to their contact circle, privately report violence and maximize their safety.

15) HNQIS(Population Services International)
The Health Network Quality Improvement System (HNQIS) app was designed to do just that by helping quality assurance officers plan their supervision visits, assess providers’ performance, and improve providers’ knowledge and skills.

16) KosmoHealth(Kosmostive)
With KosmoHealth, pregnant women in Rwanda can receive alert messages and advice specific to their term, as well as search for nearby doctors, access home-based prenatal care, and use a panic button for immediate help.

17) Sheboard(Plan International)
Designed to challenge harmful gender stereotypes that affect us all, Sheboard is a mobile keyboard that uses predictive text to suggest more empowering and less gender-stereotypical language when typing about girls and women.

18)HelpMe Feed (Small World)
Breastfeeding support professionals and parents can communicate and learn more efficiently with HelpMe Feed, a mobile app that facilitates video calls, HIPAA-compliant text messages and access to a comprehensive library of high-quality, evidence-based resources.


Appy Hour Guidelines

Appy Hour presentation is open to attendees of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference including representatives from civil society organizations, private sector, academia, and research. All types of mobile applications are welcome so long as they are focused on improving the lives of girls and women.

To be considered for showcase at Appy Hour, you will be asked to provide brief descriptions on the following:

  • The problem your app aims to solve
  • How your app works, from a user-perspective
  • Your target user group is and how many people would benefit
  • An analysis of the current market and competitive landscape

Submissions must also adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submissions must be developed software applications that will advance progress for girls and women.
  • Apps must be operable in English.
  • Representatives of accepted submissions must not request prize money or reimbursement for travel or other conference expenses.
  • Apps must be original and solely owned by the submitter or submitting organization.
  • Apps must be fully operable, no prototypes, and available on an app store.
  • Apps must be new, with less than three years on the market.
  • Submissions must not violate the intellectual property or privacy rights of other parties.
  • Representatives of accepted submissions must agree to attend the Women Deliver 2019 Conference to showcase app.

Appy Hour Evaluation

The selection of apps will be based on the following elements:

  • Interface, functionality, and ease of use
  • Scale and uniqueness of problem the app addresses
  • Potential to change the world for girls and women

Appy Hour submissions closed on Friday, 28 December 2018.


  • Submission Opens: Thursday, 15 November 2018
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, 28 December 2018
  • Selected Apps Announced: by February 2019
  • Appy Hour: Tuesday, 4 June 2019


Women Deliver would like to thank the following individuals who volunteered to work with Women Deliver staff to review the applications for Appy Hour:

  • Abigail Donner, Abt Associates
  • Adrienne Jack, Cowater Sogema
  • Osama Manzar, Digital Empowerment Foundation

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