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IranCubator is a global contest for making Android apps that promote social good in Iran.

The project is United for Iran‘s newest endeavor to improve civil liberties inside Iran. Imagine, women in different parts of Iran being able to report domestic violence in four languages. Imagine people with disabilities finding ramps and services.

IranCubator will build apps to turn these ideas into reality.

IranCubator connects skilled app developers outside Iran with Iranian civil society leaders to create a suite of apps designed to enhance civic engagement and improve human rights. IranCubator will provide the resources to develop apps chosen through the IranCubator contest.

Whether you’re a lone wolf or part of a team, an experienced coder or just someone with a good idea, this is your chance to join IranCubator and make a difference.

IranCubator’s Advisory Board will select up to 20 apps to be developed in 2016 and 2017. The winning applicants will receive financial reward and institutional support to create their apps.

Questions or concerns? Contact us to learn more!
Or email us at info[at]united4iran[dot]org


Consider these facts: 40 million smartphones are in use in Iran. Another million are added each month.

But the number of socially or civically minded apps inside Iran? Virtually zero.

IranCubator was born to help create Iran’s civic-tech sector.

In 2009, citizen activists in Iran revolutionized the use of technology to connect, assemble, and collectively voice their demand for democracy. Since then, from the Arab World to Ferguson, Missouri, this decade’s watershed global political events owe a lot to the democratizing power of social media and mobile technology.

But the Islamic Republic of Iran has stifled the country’s app marketplace. Civilian groups are forbidden from developing or using apps that might be considered subversive.

Inspired by the creativity and bravery of Iran’s citizen-activists, we saw an opening for United for Iran to create technology that will support all Iranians’ desire for civic engagement.

To neutralize the government’s efforts against civil liberties, IranCubator offers vital logistical and financial support that a groundbreaking new app would need and uses its network of activists in Iran to get the apps to the people who need them.


Through 2016 and the first half of 2017 we are looking for individuals or teams of people with creative and effective ideas, personal ties to communities inside Iran, and software development skills who want to improve the lives of Iranians.

Are you an activist or an organizer who is familiar with Iranian social and political issues? Do you have an idea for an app that would solve a concrete social problem inside Iran–but you need technical and operational support to design and develop your app?

Are you a techie–a coder, app developer, UI/UX expert, designer or digital security expert–interested in making positive social change?

Are you a complete team of developers and activists who need operational and financial support to develop an app to empower the Iranian people?

Do you have a brilliant app idea to suggest in support of citizens in Iran? Share it with us and we may just bring it to life.



United for Iran is an independent nonprofit working to improve civil liberties in Iran. Since 2009, United for Iran has carried its mission by advocating for human rights, supporting civil society, and engaging citizens through technology. IranCubator is our newest endeavour, headed by Reza Ghazinouri, Program Director.

ASL19 is a major IranCubator partner. As a technology lab working on access to information solutions, ASL19 will develop multiple apps, and ensure their sustainability by providing hosting and maintenance beyond the project’s end.

IranCubator’s Advisory Board consists of individuals who are already building apps and other technologies for social good, Iran experts, mobile technology and internet security experts, social entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists with extensive experience in technology incubators. The Advisory Board members will select the winning proposals and teams. During the development phase, they will provide strategic, programmatic, and operational feedback to the IranCubator team.

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