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IranCubator Contest

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IranCubator will accept the first round of applications for the IranCubator contest until June 14, 2016.

Three types of individuals and groups are qualified to apply:

  • Activists

    Are you an activist or a researcher with an app idea that would solve a social problem inside Iran? Do you need technical support to design and develop your app?

  • Techies

    Are you a techie interested in developing an app for good? Do you want to be teamed up with activists that are familiar with Iran’s social challenges?

  • Teams

    Are you a team of developers, activists, and managers with an app idea, and relevant experience and community? Do you need operational and financial support to develop an app?

Share your idea

Do you have an idea for a civically- or socially-minded app to be used in Iran? Do you know of an effective open-source app that can be translated and modified for Iranian society? If the extent of your involvement is sharing of your idea, submit here and it just might come to life!

Priority areas and considerations

In 2015 and 2016, IranCubator conducted a survey of Iranian communities to see what kind of political, social, and logistical difficulties they face. Using our results as a guide, as well as input from journalists, community leaders, and other experts, we gained an understanding of the kinds of app-based services and projects that will best serve Iranians’ needs.

First, IranCubator carried out a community needs assessment. We surveyed citizens inside Iran about social and civic changes they face and about potential solutions. IranCubator partnered with leading policy figures and social media outlets to reach a wide range of Iranians and gain an accurate understanding of their diverse needs.

By carrying out these surveys IranCubator has matched its overarching interest in improving civil liberties with needs reflected by different communities in Iran.

View the community needs assessment.

Priority Areas

  • Legal and cultural discrimination against women
  • Minorities deprived of their right to education
  • People living with disabilities
  • Immigrants and LGBTQI communities

+ See the application for more details

Team Value and Performance Standards

  • First do no harm: ensure the highest standards of security in communications and development
  • Feedback is baked in: integrated and data-driven feedback system for all apps
  • Diversity in teams
  • Creative and bold thinking
  • Willingness to learn, iterate, and risk failure
  • Open and timely communication


IranCubator’s Advisory Board will serve as judges for the contest. The Advisory Board consists of indivduals who are already building apps and other technologies for use inside Iran, mobile technology and security experts, social entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists with extensive experience in technology incubators.